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Ferguson documentary centers on Michael Brown shooting; Causes new backlash, controversy

13 March 2017 Entertainment News


Fourth Estate Staff

Austin, TX, United States (4E) – The new documentary that focused on Michael Brown, who was shot in 2014, stirred new backlash and controversy after the producers believed Brown did not steal anything from the convenience store shortly before he was shot dead by police.

The new documentary centered on Brown is called “Stranger Fruit.” It premiered on Saturday at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.

Per previous reports, Brown was shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri after police received a call about the teen stealing merchandise from a convenience store. The producers implied in their documentary that Brown traded a small amount of marijuana in exchange for a bag of cigarillos.

One of the people behind the new documentary, Jason Pallock, said Brown left behind the bag of cigarillos and the teen intended to come back later for them. Ten hours after his first visit at the convenience store, police said the teen pushed a worker and took the cigarillos with him. Subsequently, he was shot and killed by police.

However, Pallock said the new surveillance video they retrieved did not show anything about Brown pushing a worker and taking the bag of cigarillos. An attorney for the convenience store, Jay Kanzler, contended no transaction took place regarding marijuana traded by Brown in exchange for the bag of cigarillo.

One of the co-owners of the store, Andy Patel, also revealed the second time Brown went to the store, he grabbed the cigarillos and stole them. Brown also strong-armed Patel and pushed him as he left in one of the videos released by police.

Later, after leaving the store, 18-year-old Brown was shot dead by Ferguson police. His death caused widespread protests and backlash against the white police officer who killed him. A local grand jury and the United States Department of Justice found no evidence to indict the police officer who killed Brown.

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