Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson just wrapped up a quick appearance where he named the officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown. The officer is Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the force who, according to Jackson, has a clean disciplinary record.
More important, however, Jackson released new information that Brown is the suspect in a robbery of a convenience store that occurred minutes before Brown’s deadly encounter with the police, and that Wilson was responding to that 9/11 call. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
At 11:51 a.m. a 911 caller reported a strongarm robbery at a convenience store, Jackson said. He did not name the store. A brief description went out a minute later.
A different officer went to the convenience store and a more detailed description went out a short time later. The robbery suspect was said to be heading toward the QuikTrip in Ferguson.
Wilson left the sick call and encountered Michael Brown at 12:01 p.m. Sometime between then and 12:04 p.m., when a second officer arrived at the scene, Brown was fatally shot by Wilson.
Jackson then handed out a packet of information on the robbery to the reporters on the scene. The Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly tweeted out photos of the report that names Brown as the primary suspect in the earlier robbery, as well as stills from the video surveillance cameras:
Stills from camera pic.twitter.com/FEcmKc3oGr— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 15, 2014
“Brown is the primary suspect in this incident.” – police report— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 15, 2014
More from report pic.twitter.com/7OyD2fgrI2— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 15, 2014
Page from police report pic.twitter.com/xcz6nUKqY2— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 15, 2014
On August 11, in my initial post on Ferguson, I included a video tweeted by St. Louis Alderman Antonio French of an alleged eyewitness who said Brown had been involved in a robbery earlier that day. (The report above accuses Brown of stealing cigars. In the video, the person speaking said Brown made off with three boxes of “rollos,” which I thought in my initial post was a reference to the candy.)
French tweeted a few minutes ago that this video “seems to line up” with the just released version of events from the police:
This means the Brown case is now about the police use of force in arresting a robbery suspect and not merely about racial profiling or police harassment of African-Americans.
Exit question: How much longer can the MSM ignore this video? A video that would have changed the entire narrative of the past three days.