According to the police statement the police officer who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager didnâ€™t know that he was a suspect in a convenience store robbery earlier that day and that the shooting resulted from the officer’s request for Brown to move out of the street.
The officer was identified as Darren Wilson, the six-year police veteran, who spent the first two years of his career with the police department in nearby Jennings, Mo., before moving on to Ferguson for the past four years.
He stopped the 18-year-old Michael Brown and his friend because the youth was blocking the traffic in the middle of the street. It was previously reported that Wilson confronted the teen in connection with the store robbery, however, he was not aware of that fact, says Ferguson Police Chief officer Tim Jackson.
“[The robbery] had nothing to do with the stop,” Ferguson, Mo., police Chief Thomas Jackson told reporters. “They were walking down the middle of the street, blocking traffic, that was it,” he said.
Police say one of the men pushed the officer into his squad car, then physically assaulted him in the vehicle and struggled with the officer over his weapon. At least one shot was fired inside the car. The struggle then spilled onto the street, where Brown was shot multiple times. Witnesses have said the officer fired on Brown as he tried to run away.
The documents allege Brown had taken the box of cigars, and as he left the convenience store, “aggressively” pulled the clerk towards him and then “immediately” pushed him “back to a display rack.”
“The police strategy of attempting to blame the victim will not divert our attention, from beingÂ focused on the autopsy, ballistics report and the trajectory of the bullets that caused Michael’s death and will demonstrate to the world this brutal execution of an unarmed teenager,” the family said.
Mr. Jackson said the decision to release information on the alleged robbery came in response to numerous media requests under freedom-of-information laws. He said it was determined the department was required to release the material and couldn’t hold on to it any longer.
Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Brown’s family, said in a statement issued Friday that the family was “beyond outraged” at the police attempts to “assassinate the character of their son, following such a brutal assassination of his person in broad daylight.”
The fatal accident fired tensions and by Friday evening, protesters were swarming through a residential and retail district in the small town outside St. Louis that has become the site of repeated clashes between black residents and mostly white police forces, says Reuters.
Civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton said he would lead a rally with Brown’s family in Ferguson on Sunday.
“There’s nothing more contemptible and offensive to the people of this country than for law enforcement to try to smear a dead man or dead child that can’t speak for themselves,” Sharpton said on Saturday morning at a weekly rally he holds in New York City that is broadcast on the Internet.