Michael Brown Surveillance Video: What Does It Show?

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The surveillance video taken of Michael Brown minutes before the St. Louis teen was killed has become a hot topic of debate in the high-profile case.

On Friday, Darren Wilson was identified the officer whose fatal shooting of the unarmed black teen ignited days of heated protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Michael Brown was killed after a robbery in which he was suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars, as shown in the surveillance video above.

It is widely speculated - even assumed - that the police officer used excessive, unnecessary force in the confrontation that ended with the teenager dead.

However, some counter that the surveillance video supports the officer - not to justify the killing of Brown, obviously, but to put the confrontation in perspective.

The video shows that Brown almost certainly committed a robbery, and was aggressive with the store clerk, before he ran into the officer in Ferguson.

The officer, it is believed, did not know about the cigar robbery that took place, but Brown didn't necessarily know that law enforcement didn't know.

Brown was combative, according to the police, and eyewitnesses say otherwise. The video shows he was combative just minutes before, however.

Some say the video is basically a smear campaign against Brown, while defenders of the police say it might indirectly support the officer's version of events.

The surveillance footage certainly does not make it okay that a young, unarmed man was shot, but does it help shed light on who is telling the truth?

You tell us in the comments below ...

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Aussie cathie, you might want to visit America and see for yourself instead of believing TV and movie portrayals of racism here. It certainly exists here too, but I don't remember ever hearing a white person use the N word publicly or privately. Might want to find a new source for your news as well, since there is surveillance video of Mr. Brown physically abusing a store clerk and stealing more than pastries. But that's not why he was shot; the office suffered facial injuries which he says Brown inflicted in an effort to take his gun, and he fired on Brown in self defense. And since the autopsy has proven that the 'eyewitnesses' who claimed Wilson shot Brown in the back were not being truthful, the mostly likely account to be true is Wilson's. But unlike Nixon, Holder, and others, I'm not going to make up my mind until all the facts are out.

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Colour of skin can make you a target?....... Disgusting

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Keep creating racial divide. Want this to end he was a criminal report the facts. We didn't wake up and decide to rob a business this morning did we. We didn't hate life cause we would rather smoke blunts than join society in educating ourselves.

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@ Mike

YOU'RE A HOMOSEXUAL, ARE'NT YOU ??

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@ CRESKIN

Sorry I'm not jewish

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@ CRESKIN

Yes your father god rest his lips used to give a mean felacio in Tel Aviv

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He committed aggravated battery and robbed someone. Yet every writer even this article sympathizes with this thug. Zionist war mongerers in the media should be arrested and tried. And the CEO of those news agencies need to be hauled in along with twitter and Facebook ceos. Sectarian tensions so the powers that be can do their evil without notice. Way to make this guy a victim FREE BRITNEY