In what is the most controversial incident for American race relations since the Trayvon Martin shooting in 2012, an 18-year-old unarmed black man was gunned down by police in Ferguson, Mo. The court of public opinion so far seems to side with the notion that the police essentially murdered an innocent man who was attempting to surrender to them.
But a video recently uploaded to YouTube might just challenge that opinion.
The GRAPHIC video, which shows Michael Brown lying dead in the street (allegedly he laid dead in the street for four hours) and is one of the earliest videos taken of the incident, purportedly has a background conversation in which a man, who claims to be an eyewitness, tells a version of the shooting that backs the Ferguson police officer’s version. In the video (around the 6:30 mark), the man allegedly states “I mean, the police was in the truck [sic] and he was, like, over the truck. So then he ran, police got out and ran after him. The next thing I know, he comes back towards them. The police had his guns drawn on him.”
Of course, the camera operator who was allegedly not an eyewitness to the events had a different take: “Killed him for no reason.”
Brown, who was 6’4” and 300 pounds, was shot by the police in the aftermath of a strong-arm robbery of a liquor store. Now with this video in the public domain, police are doubtlessly going to be searching for the man who might help alleviate the tensions in Missouri.