Here we go again. Racial tensions are once again erupting in Ferguson over a new documentary that claims that Michael “Gentle Giant” Brown didn’t engage in a strong-arm robbery at a convenience store.
It was the store video that provided a counter-narrative to the big teddy bear that the violent, teenage thug had been portrayed as and cast doubt on fake news reports that he had been gunned down in cold blood.
The new film “Stranger Fruit” by Michael Moore protégé Jason Pollock is already causing controversy and could lead to renewed violence as gunfire was reported during a protest at the convenience store on Sunday.
According to the New York Daily News “Gunfire erupts at Ferguson store protest after new Michael Brown footage surfaces, but lawyer says video doesn’t ‘show anything’”:
Gunshots erupted as protesters picketed a Ferguson convenience store visited by cop shooting victim Michael Brown before his death.
A lawyer representing Ferguson Market & Liquor hunkered down inside during the violent outburst as cops outside the Ferguson Market & Liquor hid behind their cruisers just after 11 p.m., according to video of the violence.
No one was struck by the gunfire, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer at the protest.
Attorney Jay Kanzler said he was meeting with his clients inside the store when he heard the gunfire. He stayed inside for several hours out of precaution.
Moments before, and flanked by police officers, he faced off with irate protesters hurling profanities outside the West Florissant store. Some demanded to know why the video was never disclosed by authorities during the initial investigation. Kanzler said the surveillance footage did not “show anything” newsworthy and that the documentary film “Stranger Fruit” was edited and taken out of context by filmmaker Jason Pollock.
A man is heard threatening to beat up Kanzler before he ducked inside the store, according to video from the Post-Dispatch. A short time later, cops chased demonstrators out of the parking lot and made several arrests.
St. Louis County and Ferguson police departments did not immediately disclose the number of arrests or details behind the shooting.
The director seemed excited at the protests as he tweeted:
— Jason Pollock (@Jason_Pollock) March 13, 2017
This does not bode well for the future and before long Ferguson could be in flames.