There’s passion, and then there’s undisciplined rage. The latter was on display when documentary filmmaker, Jason Pollock, spoke with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum Monday evening.
Pollock recently released footage from his upcoming documentary, Stranger Fruit, that purports to show that Michael Brown didn’t strong-arm rob a convenience store prior to his deadly encounter with Officer Darren Wilson in 2014.
As The Daily Wire previously reported:
The new surveillance video shows Michael Brown entering the convenience store at approximately 1 a.m. on the day of his death, and handing a small bag to some employees. The employees appear to smell the bag and hand it around. In exchange, Brown is given two boxes of cigarillos. As Brown is leaving, he turns around, and hands the cigarillos back to the clerks to allegedly store behind the counter.
According to Pollock, the bag likely contained marijuana, and the exchange was a prearranged drug deal.
The video shown repeatedly in the news – the video with which everyone is familiar – was actually filmed the next morning at 11:50 a.m.
Brown approaches the counter, apparently seeking the cigarillos. When the clerk (who likely wasn’t there the night before) doesn’t give him the smokes for which he allegedly exchanged the marijuana, he grabs some cigars instead. When confronted at the store’s entrance, Brown shoves the clerk and intimidates him with his massive frame…
Either way you slice it, one or more illegal acts were committed by Brown prior to his confrontation with Wilson. He stole cigars and assaulted a store clerk, or he illegally traded drugs for merchandise, then stole cigars and assaulted a store clerk.
Pollock, however, wasn’t having it during his interview with MacCallum, and to be frank, the segment is truly something else:
MACCALLUM: “Jason, good to have you here. Good evening to you.”
POLLOCK: “Hello, hi, how are you? I am simply stunned by that report. Simply stunned. Beautiful job. Fake news 101.”
MACCALLUM: “Hold on. I have a question for you because to me, what are you proposing legally–it makes no difference if a robbery happened, or a trade for pot happened, or whether a bank got robbed or he was home doing his homework. What matters is what happens in the street when he and Officer Wilson encounter each other. So why have you focused so heavily on what happened in the convenience store?”
POLLOCK: “That’s a very interesting way to phrase this because I completely agree with you, and the reason we put out this convenience store tape now is so people could get [over] it because he didn’t rob the store. And anyone who sees the exchange take place with a conscience, a heart, two minds [sic], and is not a bigot, pretty much understands what happened. Unfortunately, there’s some people in America with so much bias inside of them that they just wanna think that Michel Brown is a bad guy. But yes, let’s talk about the physical evidence on Canfield.”
MACCALLUM: “No. hold on, Jason. They think that perhaps Michael Brown is a bad guy because 40 FBI agents went to Ferguson to investigate this case at the behest of Eric Holder, who showed up almost immediately after it happened. I think it’s fair to assume that they really believed that they were going to be able to indict Officer Wilson, that he had acted wrongly.”
POLLOCK: “No, I don’t think that that’s–I don’t think that that’s–that’s absolutely not true! Don’t just say that.”
MACCALLUM: “You’re just saying plenty of things. So let me just…the FBI agents went down there, Eric Holder went down there–“
POLLOCK: “To indict Darren Wilson? To indict Darren Wilson? No way! You know how the system works. These cops get off every single time. Bob McCulloch has been the prosecutor for over two decades, and for 23 years–“
MACCALLUM: “Here’s the fact of the matter, Jason–“
POLLOCK: “Excuse me! Let me just finish this. Let me just finish this! For 23 years, according to The Washington Post, there has not been a prosecution of a single police shooting in St. Louis County.”
MACCALLUM: “So you believe–you believe. Hold on, now it’s my turn. Back down. Listen to me–“
POLLOCK: “Every single one of them? Every single one of them? None of them are indictable?”
MACCALLUM: “It’s my turn. You’re suggesting that 40 FBI agents were all in cahoots to make sure that this person was not indicted?”
POLLOCK: “I’m suggesting the Department of Justice failed. Yes, they failed. They failed. They failed! And in my film, my film, Stranger Fruit–“
MACCALLUM: “Listen to me. It’s not possible in your brain that what happened there, that what was found by both the grand jury, and 40 FBI agents–“
POLLOCK: “No, no, no, no.”
MACCALLUM: “–you’re discounting, you’re saying that all of that doesn’t matter?”
MACCALLUM: “Their investigation is absolutely not true? That Michael Brown did not reach into that car to grab his [Darren Wilson’s] gun?”
POLLOCK: “When the facts of this case come out. When the facts of this case come out! Excuse me, miss, can I speak now?!”
MACCALLUM: “You can.”
POLLOCK: “When the facts of this case come out in my film, Stranger Fruit–the real facts of this case; the facts of this case that Bob McCulloch doesn’t want us talking about. Like the fact that Michael Brown was shot in the head, and a bullet came out of his eye. Do you know how that would happen? When your head is down, and there’s a bullet in the ground. In their report, there’s a bullet in the ground by Michael Brown’s head.”
MACCALLUM: “What I know–“
POLLOCK: “Excuse me! Excuse me! I’m not done yet!”
MACCALLUM: “–there were three different forensic investigations that were done that show that he was shot in the front. Everyone in the country was told this narrative that he was shot in the back; that he had his hands up, and said ‘don’t shoot,’ which was all discounted by–“
POLLOCK: “I don’t care! They failed him! They all failed! They all failed! They all failed! Do you know how many black men are in jail right now–do you know how many black men are in jail right now for nothing? For nothing?! Because the Department of Justice failed them?! Do you know how many black men are in jail right now? Don’t just tell me because they closed the book on it, we’re okay! My film will show the public the truth, ma’am! And if you want to know the truth you should watch it!”
As David Lloyd George said: “Once blood is shed in a national quarrel, reason and right are swept aside by the rage of angry men.”
St. Louis County prosecuting attorney, Bob McCulloch, appeared in a later segment, and dismissed Pollock’s claims, saying in part:
“He has his facts wrong, not shockingly. There was no bullet in the ground anywhere near Michael Brown. [The] three separate medical examiners, including one hired by the Brown family, the Department of Defense, and the St. Louis County medical examiner all came to the same conclusion. He’s making up facts as he goes along to push his film.”
The rest of McCulloch’s segment with Martha MacCallum can be seen here (beginning at the 3:50 mark):