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Michael Brown Robbery: Conspiracy Theory Says Footage From Store Actually From June

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Michael Brown allegedly committed a “strong arm” robbery at a convenience store minutes before he was fatally shot by a police officer named Darren Wilson, police in Ferguson, Missouri, said Friday morning. The police released footage and still frames from a security camera, showing an individual they said was the slain teenager roughing up a much smaller store clerk.

But is the footage really from August 9, the day that the unarmed Brown was shot and killed by Wilson? Or did the cops carelessly attempt to foist footage from two months ago onto the public, not even bothering to alter the time-stamp on the surveillance camera footage?

The latter conspiracy theory suddenly went viral on Twitter Friday morning, as reported by the political news site Talking Points Memo.

The footage, police say, shows Brown and a friend stealing cigars from the store, and when a clerk confronts Brown, the tall, powerfully built teen gives him a forceful shove. The footage is viewable below, via CBS News.

Numerous Twitter users took a close look at the footage and concluded that in the time stamp the numeral “8” indicating the month of August is actually a “6,” which would mean the footage was shot June 9, not August 9.

As TPM noted, some versions of the conspiracy theory postulate that the footage may have been digitally altered.

“In TPM’s own review of online postings of the images, it appears that the timestamp could be simply an ‘8’ instead of the ‘6’ that the theory alleges,” reporter Dylan Scott wrote.

However, the possibly definitive refutation of the conspiracy theory came from Freeman Bosley, a lawyer for Dorian Johnson, the friend of Michael Brown who was with the teen when he was shot to death by the police officer.

Bosley says that Johnson has already admitted entering a convenience store earlier Saturday and taking merchandise.

“We see that there’s tape, that they claim they got a tape that shows there was some sort of strong-armed robbery,” Bosley told MSNBC. “We need to see that tape, my client did tell us and told the FBI that they went into the store. He told FBI that [Brown] did take cigarillos. He told that to the DOJ and the St. Louis County Police.”

Brown’s family issued a statement Friday declaring themselves “beyond outraged” by the release of the video footage, saying that nothing in the footage justifies or explains why Michael Brown was killed by police officer Darren Wilson.

“The police strategy of attempting to blame the victim will not divert our attention, from being focused on the autopsy, ballistics report and the trajectory of the bullets that caused Michael’s death and will demonstrate to the world this brutal execution of an unarmed teenager,” the family of Michael Brown said in the statement.

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11 Responses to “Michael Brown Robbery: Conspiracy Theory Says Footage From Store Actually From June”

  1. John Pak

    I hope that little boy next to you never steals anything out of a convenience store bc it'll only be right if he's shot dead

  2. John Pak

    I hope that little boy next to you never steals anything out of a convenience store bc it'll only be right if he's shot dead

  3. Bryan Baldwin

    Petty theft deserves a bullet? No due process necessary? Listen to yourself and think before you type or we may mistake you for an ignoramus.

  4. Willie Campbell

    NO…..the world would be a better place without assholes like yourself

  5. Angelia Stevenson Swanson

    It's shameful that as a parent or grand parent you would make a statement of sort. We can never say what our children will grow up to do God help if one of yours are accused of a crime and is shot dead by an over zealous police. But then the the chances are few for yours. Not the committing the crime part, but being shit part.

  6. Mike Mickle

    I was watching the news that day. I think it was CNN that showed a video of the attack and shooting. This is what I saw. Mike was attacking the officer inside the police cruiser. He was using his bulk to hold the officer in place. The other guy was holding the officer's leg so the officer could not move. The other guy jumped up and ran away. Mike pushed himself off of the officer and stood up. He pulled up his pants, turned, and ran away.

    The officer stood up. He was holding the left side of his face. He went to walk towards Mike but staggered to the left and then to the right. His right hand swayed back and forth with gun in hand. His arm swayed up as if to aim but did not stop. Not sure if he fired.

    Mike stopped running, turned around, and ran towards the officer. The officer shot two times. Mike went down slowly and fell on his side. The officer staggered over to Mike and shot three times. End of video

    The video was shown many times over the next hour and then went poof. Never to be seen again. That was between 1PM to 2PM Cen USA.

  7. Anonymous

    this is the dumbest article i've ever seen… clearly the "6" is not supposed to represent the date, it's to show the CAMERA NUMBER. the date is stamped right next to that "2014:08:09

  8. Morgan Ann Phillips

    they weren't talking about that 6 :P they're talking about how it seems like the 2014:08:09 might actually be 2014:06:09, but when the numbers are so blurry then it's pretty hard to tell those two apart