A group of protestors congregated outside of a liquor store in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday night after a documentary containing previously unreleased footage of police shooting victim Michael Brown aired at South by Southwest.
According to CNN, Stranger Fruit, which debuted at the Austin, Texas, festival on Saturday evening, featured footage of the unarmed black teen entering Ferguson Market and Liquor Store 11 hours before he was accused of robbing it in 2014.
Brown, 18, would later be gunned down by police for the purported crime in an instance of police violence that devastated a community and sparked nationwide riots.
Director Jason Pollock, previously told CNN that he thinks it likely that Brown did not rob the convenience store, but rather was involved in a drug deal with clerks who worked there. Read more (3/13/17 10:11 AM)
Former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson referred to black people as “niggers” while on duty, according to a December court filing obtained by the Washington Post.
The filing — part of a civil suit brought by the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager Wilson killed in August 2014 — contains 173 sworn “admissions” from the former officer.
Several of these include concessions that Wilson and his fellow police used the racial slur at work.
“You have used the word ‘nigger’ to refer to an African-American on at least one occasion,” Wilson was asked. “Admitted,” Wilson replied, through his attorney.
Wilson’s attorney, Greg Kloeppel, stated in an email to the Washington Post that Wilson only used the term when repeating or reporting what was said to him by a victim, witness or suspect during an investigation. Read more (3/14/17 11:25 AM)