THE CLAIM in a new documentary that Michael Brown did not actually rob the convenience store in Ferguson is wrong – even his friend who was with him on the day told the Grand Jury it was a robbery.
Director Jason Pollock alleges in the documentary Strange Fruit that the incident in the convenience store which alerted police to Brown was actually a minor drug deal, and that police had wrongly thought it was a violent robbery. These new allegations have led to rioting. But they are just plain wrong.
I wrote the Ferguson Play, which was a verbatim re-enactment of testimony to the Grand Jury investigating his death. I didn’t add a phrase or a comma – it’s just eyewitness accounts and evidence about the hours before and after Michael Brown’s death.
One of the most significant witnesses was Dorian Johnson. He was with Michael Brown from shortly after he woke up until he was shot dead a few hours later, and he is quite clear – with no qualification – that Brown did rob the convenience store that day.
After the play I released a filmed version (below) – again only using verbatim Grand Jury testimony. You can see and hear Dorian Johnson’s description of the incident. He is quite clear it is a robbery – as was everyone else in the store. (Video below; Johnson’s relevant testimony begins around 17:55 marks.)