Published On: Fri, Aug 15th, 2014

Officer Derrick Wilson shot in Michael Brown, CNN’s Don Lemon says media knew of robbery

Police named the officer involved in the shooting of Ferguson’s Michael Brown on Friday, then released documents containing a what CNN and other media outlets call a “bombshell”: the 18-year-old was the “primary suspect” in the robbery of a convenience store just moments before he was killed.

Michael Brown linked to robbery moments before shooting, media knew but dismissed it at "rumor"

Michael Brown linked to robbery moments before shooting, media knew but dismissed it at “rumor”

Officer Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the department, was responding to that call when he encountered Brown, police Chief Thomas Jackson told reporters. According to the documents, Brown roughly handled and strong-armed a clerk trying to stop him before walking out of the store with a box of Swisher Sweets cigars.

Brown was identified by comparing surveillance images of the incident to the body of the slain 18-year-old.

There have been conflicting stories between two witnesses, Tiffany Mitchell and Piaget Crenshaw, who say the officer shot Brown as he stood with his hands in the air. Police have said the shooting occurred during a struggle for the officer’s gun.

According to a timeline offered by Jackson, Wilson encountered Brown 10 minutes after the report of a robbery at a nearby convenience store. According to police documents, video surveillance images from the store show a man said to be Brown manhandling a store employee, towering over him and “appearing to intimidate him” before walking out with the box of cigars.

Jackson and the documents never address or elaborate on what happened when Wilson and Brown met up on the street.

Don Lemon on CNN confesses that the media knew of the video, but dismissed it as rumor and never pressing authorities or experts on the issue.

“In the video, here’s what you see, you see, I am told by producers and reporters who have viewed the videotape, that you can see the punch and then stealing of cigars is the accusation. Here’s the interesting thing though, according to the witnesses and according to some of the police officers who have given press conferences, they are saying that Michael Brown was approached by the officer for walking in the middle of the street, and they mentioned nothing about a strong-arm robbery. A new development here.

Some of us have heard about it earlier the possibility of a videotape of a robbery and it believed to be Michael Brown. We did not get confirmation from police on that. It was not reported. Or confirmation from any source on that, that was just a rumor. Now we’re finding out from the Ferguson police chief that they do believe that they have video and they think that in that video that it is Michael Brown stealing cigars, punching the store clerk, but not at the QT. Not at the QuickTrip, or the convenience store which is closest to his house. This was at another store. ”

(Emphasis added)

Full trascript of CNN story HERE

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    […] perpetuating lies instead of seeking out the truth. No one should expect less since Lemon confessed CNN knew about the robbery video but dismissed it as rumor instead of asking officials […]

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