So … maybe someone can explain this to me like I’m a 4 year old.
If Mike Brown was the notorious cigar thief that the Ferguson police department and countless rightwing apologists for the officer who shot him have claimed, what’s he doing in this video?
One explanation is that … he’s at the register, paying for the cigars.
From observation, it looks as if he had tried to buy more, but then was unable to afford it, hence why he left several packets on the counter. This prompted the store owner to come out from behind the counter and have a discussion with him, which prompted the shove witnessed in the full video.
We don’t know why Brown shoved the employee on his way out, of course. But it seems noteworthy that neither the store owner nor any employee called the police to report the “strong-arm robbery.”
So, if the store isn’t claiming that Brown stole from them, and never called the police to report a robbery, then why did the police release a video and claim that Brown was a suspect in a “strong-arm robbery” … I mean apart from trying to focus everyone’s attenton on the possibility that Mike Brown was a violent “thug” who assaulted a clerk during the commission of a robbery and then later assaulted a police officer and thus got himself shot?