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Brown family lawyer calls video release "strategic"

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 01:23

The lawyer for Michael Brown's family says they feel it was ''strategic'' and a ''character assassination attempt'' for police to release surveillance video, allegedly showing Brown stealing cigars from a convenience store. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Brown family lawyer, Anthony Grey, said Michael Brown's family felt it was "strategic" for the Ferguson Police Department to release surveillance video that allegedly shows the 18-year-old Missouri teen stealing cigars from a convenience store. "They think it was aimed at denigrating their son, it was a character assassination attempt," said Grey. The department has been criticized for the timing of the video release saying it coincided with when police named the officer who shot and killed Brown. The officer has been identified as 28-year-old Darren Wilson, a six year veteran of the Ferguson Police Department. Michael Brown's cousin, Eric Davis, got down on his knees and raised his hands to express his point of view; "So whatever that took place there had nothing to do with an individual getting down on his hands and knees, raising his hands in his air and saying 'don't shoot'." The Ferguson Police Chief says officer Wilson stopped the unarmed black teen because he was walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic.

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Brown family lawyer calls video release "strategic"

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 01:23