McCulloch Discredits Ferguson Documentary As "Poorly Edited, Pathetic Attempt"
CLAYTON, Mo. —
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch wasted no time Monday afternoon setting to rest the controversy over a documentary released over the weekend on Michael Brown, Jr. and Ferguson. The documentary claimed that when Brown went to the Ferguson Market about 12 hours before he was shot by police on August 9, 2014 disputed the official story from the county and City of Ferguson.
At a news conference at the Justice Center in Clayton, McCulloch characterized the film as, "a pretty pathetic attempt of a video production...that was a very poorly edited snippet of a security video taken from the store in Ferguson, about 12 hours before Michael Brown returned to the store...before he was shot.”
The filmmaker claimed in several national media interviews that the video shows Brown trading marijuana for two boxes of cigarillos, but the video is edited to not show clerks throwing the bag of marijuana back at Brown moments later. About an hour before the video was released, the director of the film lashed out at the attorney for the market, Jay Kantzler (who released a written statement detailing what was on the unedited surveillance video) on CNN, yelling "bring it on!"