Fresh protests have triggered after a new surveillance video from the hours before the black man’s death in Ferguson at the hands of the police emerged.
Contrary to the police claims, the filmmaker insists that the footage shows that Michael Brown didn’t rob the shop, but exchanged marijuana for cigars.
He says the new evidence contradicts the video released by the police that showed Brown threatening the shopkeeper as he went out of the store with cigars.
Moments later, the 18-year-old was shot dead by the police.
The convenience store still maintains it was a robbery.
Although Police Officer Darren Wilson was cleared of any wrongdoing by the investigators, it led to protests and a national debate about the use of the lethal force of police against African Americans.
After news of the new video, around 100 people gathered outside the shop on Sunday night. One St. Louis man was charged with trying to set ablaze a police car on Monday.
Police arrested the 44-year-old Henry Stokes after he was seen placing a napkin in the gas tank of a police car and trying to set fire to it by using a cigarette lighter.
The video (previously unreported) shows Brown entering the Ferguson Market and Liquor around 01:00 A.M on the day of this death.
He approaches the counter and hands over an item that appears to be weed and takes a shopping bag filled with cigars in exchange.
He starts walking towards the door, but turns around and leaves the cigars at the counter before leaving.
The tape is released as part of a documentary named “Stranger Fruit” by Jason Pollock who says that the video proves that Brown didn’t return to the store for a strong-arm robbery around noon the same day.
The original video showed Brown shoving store owner Andy Patel before leaving with the cigars.
Robert McCulloch, St. Louis prosecuting attorney, told reporters at the news conference that investigators were aware of this video and it was determined to be not “admissible.”
“It was determined that it was neither relevant nor material to anything that happened that day. This is not new information. It’s certainly not a surprise to anyone.”
The police released the video of Brown appearing to rob the shop to support their claim that was stopped as a suspect. Mr. Pollack’s film, however, claims that there was some pre-negotiated exchange deal, and then Brown decided to leave the cigars in the shop for safe keeping.
Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, says in the new film that “there was some type of exchange, for one thing, for another.”
A lawyer for the convenience store, Jay Kanzler said that more footage would be released to prove it was a robbery.
“There was no understanding. No agreement. Those folks didn’t sell him cigarillos for pot. The reason he gave it back is he was walking out the door with unpaid merchandise and they wanted it back.”