It appears that the controversial Michael Brown flick has more holes than Swiss cheese.
Days after the release of a provocative new documentary by leftist filmmaker Jason Pollock that attempts to cast a new light on dearly departed thug Michael Brown there are questions beginning to emerge.
The film “Stranger Fruit” uses what is claimed to be new video footage of Brown in the now infamous convenience store that he robbed before his fatal confrontation with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. It is now being claimed that the gentle giant didn’t so anything less illegal than making a dope deal.
Naturally the film led to protests in Ferguson where there was gunfire and attempted arson of a police car but questions about the veracity of the director may well save the city from more riots.
As Mark Twain once famously put it “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes” and the truth is closing the distance.
Multiple sources have emerged to dispute the director’s claims and to point out that the surveillance video in question appears to have been selectively edited.
According to a report from St. Louis Fox affiliate FOX2 “Attorney details how ‘Stranger Fruit’ filmmaker made up Mike Brown clip”:
The lawyers for Ferguson Market are speaking to the media after a new surveillance video surfaced from their store. It appears to show Michael Brown inside the Ferguson Market convenience store eleven hours before he was accused of robbing it.
The unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by police later that day in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014. That fatal shooting, and the grand jury case, sparked protests across the country.
Attorney Jay Kanzler says filmmaker Jason Pollock selectively edited the footage together and them made this wild claim. The video makes much more sense when you see the entire clip. Multiple angles provided by Ferguson Market surveillance cameras make the events of that night much clearer. He says that he owes the city of Ferguson an apology for creating this controversial video.
Kanzler says that the clerks at the Ferguson Market did not exchange goods for marijuana. He says the filmmaker that made the “Stranger Fruit” documentary edited the footage to make it appear that a drug transaction occurred. Kanzler says that did not happen. It is absolutely untrue and the video proves it.
Filmmaker Jason Pollock argues that Brown didn’t rob the store but was instead involved in a drug deal with the clerks. The robbery allegation is what led to the confrontation between police and Brown, which resulted in Brown being killed by Officer Darren Wilson.
The explosive reaction to the film prompted St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch to release the unedited version of the footage on Monday in an effort to tamp down emotions.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports:
St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch released unedited footage Monday from the Ferguson Market to try to settle questions raised by what he called a “pretty pathetic attempt at a video production” that led to a protest outside the Ferguson Market on Sunday.
McCulloch said the footage shown in the independent film “Stranger Fruit” was known to police and investigators when they looked into the police shooting death of Michael Brown in 2014. But it was deemed “not relevant or admissible” to the grand jury weighing charges against the officer, and therefore not released to the public.
The film’s creator and narrator, Jason Pollock, and Brown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden, allege that the video shows Brown trading a store clerk marijuana for Cigarillos about 11 hours before he was shot and killed by Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson. Pollock and Brown’s mother claim that disproves the police notion that Brown was robbing the store shortly before he was killed.
McCulloch said the footage Pollock used had been altered, and the complete version shows Brown “attempting to barter” with store employees, who refused the package put on the counter. Brown returned the merchandise to the counter and took back the small package before leaving the store, McCulloch said. The footage then shows an employee putting the Cigarillos back on the shelves after Brown leaves, McCulloch said.
“It’s not as though (this footage) was hidden away somewhere, as this fellow with his video project was trying to say,” McCulloch said. “Even his pathetic video shows the police report where he got the information. It’s all there, and it’s been there since 2014. It’s all available and not edited.
“This is a clear attempt to distort this and turn it into something it isn’t … There was no transaction, but there certainly was an attempt to barter for these goods, but the store employees had no involvement in that, and when he left, they put everything where it belonged … It’s very clear there was no transaction between Mr. Brown and the store employees and to suggest he’s coming back to get what he bartered for is just stupid.”
The more cynical among us will be quick to point out that the release of this hoax of a film seems suspiciously timed to capitalize on the orchestrated protests against President Donald Trump by introducing a racial element out of hope that blacks will join diversity-challenged street mobs of so-called resistance.
This would be dismissed as a conspiracy theory by the left and their media allies but the leader of the uprising against Trump has chimed in with rave reviews for Pollock’s film:
A powerful 5-star review of my colleague Jason Pollock's Ferguson film, 'Stranger Fruit' in the Hollywood Reporter https://t.co/U4P2wgfemu
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 12, 2017
When does this all become sufficiently suspicious to the point of being investigated by the Justice Department? That is the real question here.