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August 15, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Today, Ferguson police released surveillance video that apparently shows 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. stealing about $43 worth of Swisher Sweets cigars from a local convenience store. During the robbery, Brown (or someone who looks like him) is seen roughing up the owner, in what police are calling a strong-armed robbery.

Brown’s family are calling the release a “character assassination,” but their attorney confirmed in a press conference this afternoon that the man in the video does appear to be Michael Brown Jr. That is also confirmation that Brown violently robbed the store, shortly before his confrontation with police officer Darren Wilson. That can tell us quite a bit about Brown’s state of mind at the time of the fatal confrontation.

Brown was an aspiring rapper, and has a page of his raps on SoundCloud. He rapped as Big’mike. The URL of his rap page is https://soundcloud.com/bigmike-jr-brown. The page is adorned with this photo, which is known to be of the Michael Brown Jr. who was killed last Saturday.

brown-soundcloud

His SoundCloud page includes raps by him, and by an associate, Luh Vee.

brown-rap-page

The raps include some references to gangs in the tags.

This rap, by Luh Vee, on Brown’s page, has the tag #rolling60s. That’s a reference to the Crips street gang.

luhvee-rap

 

Another rap on the page has the tag #ablocc. Blocc is another reference to the Crips.

But Brown probably wasn’t an actual gang member. Gateway Pundit has posted images of him flashing Bloods gang signs. The Bloods and the Crips are enemies.

Brown’s rap associate, Luh Vee, is on Facebook and posted this photo about 20 weeks ago.

luhvee-pot

 

What do we learn from that photo?

An associate of Michael Brown, his rap ally, was in favor of hollowing out Swisher Sweets cigarillos, and stuffing them with pot to smoke or possibly to sell.

This is a thing.

Swisher Sweets are among the cheapest cigars available. The amount Brown is alleged to have stolen, about $43, is enough for between 80 and 100 of the cigars. Why steal them in bulk?

While you think about that, look at this. Brown has a 21-year-old cousin named Anthony Livingston. He is mentioned here.

Livingston also posts on Facebook. Here’s his cover photo.

brown-cousin-smoking

 

None of this says that Brown’s killing by Officer Wilson was justified. We still don’t know exactly what happened that day. But the narrative of the gentle giant heading to college that has dominated the past week may be far from complete, and his actions prior to the confrontation may be extremely relevant.

Update: Dorian Johnson’s attorney has confirmed that he and Brown robbed the store.

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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Anyone who can rob a convenience store using strong arm techniques is a time bomb ready to go off. It was only a matter of time before he really hurt someone. He chose the wrong path and payed the price. If he got shot in the library while studying social justice, I could understand the outrage. He put himself in harm's way and paid with his life.
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Brown’s family are calling the release a “character assassination...

How dare they show film of their son acting like a criminal and a thug! He's a VICTIM. That's the narrative, got it? Or do you want your news building burned down?
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Walking down the middle of a road after having robbed a store a few minutes previously is, to say the least, irrational.

Now, what I know so far is that the young aspiring scholar was a treasured citizen, so I'm a bit mystified about what brought on irrational behavior from such an obviously upstanding member of the community.

Guess I'll have to depend on the watchdog press corps to fill in that blank.
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Travon Martin has tired to buy Swisher Sweets just before engaging Zimmerman....
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Mr. Preston you don't know what you're talking about. The officer that shot Brown had no knowledge of the strong arm robbery that occurred prior to the shooting. Yes Brown was caught on store video robbing the store and roughing up the store owner. He was your typical inner-city thug doing what inner-city thugs do best. Get your facts right Mr. Preston.
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Interesting vid shot by a bystander in which a background conversation is heard that lends credence to Officer Wilson's version of the story of the shooting: http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/us/witness-unknowingly-recorded-at-the-mike-brown-shooting-scene-in-ferguson-it-changes-everything
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Even if the guy was a criminal, he still does have certain rights. If he were really trying to surrender and was shot while trying to do so - then the policeman was in the wrong and should face punishment. However, we don't know what happened.

One scenario - an over-aggressive policeman harassing two black teens, who, being teens, react in a snarky or rude manner. Then the policeman over-reacts and ends up killing one of the teens. Another scenario - the teens, thinking they were about to be arrested for robbing a store, are the aggressors and the cop shot in self-defense.

We don't know what happened. The forensics, however, including the blood spatters and the injuries to the officer, etc., will give us a clue. Instead of rushing to publish perhaps the media should have waited until all the facts were gathered?

As far as Brown - the evidence suggests he was a criminal. And so are the people looting the stores. In the long run they just hurt themselves. If I were a store owner whose business were looted, I would not re-open in that neighborhood. I would go elsewhere. I am sure others will do this. So this community loses businesses.

This is why poor black people have to travel to get groceries, etc. Because business owners do not feel safe in these neighborhoods.
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Yep. Those geniuses that burn their own neighborhood when they get angry will walk lots of miles to get their groceries. May be it is a strategy to cause more people to move long distances with money and groceries therefore thieves have more opportunities to mug them.
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How much of the media told the public how long an autopsy takes and that the looters were jumping to conclusions?
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It's all good Keynesian economics.
9 weeks ago
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You meant Kenyan economics, right?
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Fox is now informing that the store was looted Friday night.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/08/16/ferguson-shooting-police-standoff/

If you are the owner of a store in that area your insurance rates (if you can find insurance) just went to the roof.

No wonder they need help getting into college. They are not displaying much natural intelligence there.
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From what I read yesterday, the QuikStop where Brown abused the clerk was burned the first night.

Does insurance cover damages from civil unrest?
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So Brown robs a store which possibly causes him to overreact (or the cause of) to a police stop thereby getting himself murdered which results in the store he robbed getting burnt out.

A full circle and busy day for the white racist supremacy.
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Burning the store was making sure shop owners understand - no calling the police on robbers.
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Remember during the King Riots that Korean-owned businesses were targeted? I saw footage this morning of young African-American men blocking entrances to stores in Ferguson owned by African-Americans.
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On his way to college of bidness knowledge. Get his MBA = Masters of Bud-Building A-hole.
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Our media are criminal.
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What laws have the media broken?

According to the chief of police, the media are the ones who got the video out there. He recieved so many FOIA demands for it that he released it.
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"What laws have the media broken? "

Sedition?
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Incitement to riot. Just read the nonsense by Marc Lamont Hill at the HuffPo.
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The media are inciting to riot? What about the people in the organizations in this thread? They're the ones ensuring that the situation escalates.



http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/08/16/soros-unions-radicals-behind-action-to-fuel-the-flames-in-missouri/
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Sedition is that which disturbs the peace and seeks to overthrow the government. Merely reporting what is happening is not the same as doing the things the media are reporting.

Do you want the government to stop the media from reporting what's going on in Ferguson? Do you want to do away with the First Amendment’s free speech clauses?
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The MSM hasn't reported an event for 50 years.
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The media are reeling in the escalation of this. No cameras, no "peaceful" protests. They are essentially inciting riot. Can we not ask them to ditch ratings in lieu of public safety? One day they will achieve their goal and it will result in massive carnage.
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You're in favor of prior restraint? If the government can prevent the media from covering an event, what's next--preventing you from expressing your opinion here?
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They are not "covering" the event in any real sense of the word. I suppose its the intentional one-sided nature of the reporting that is dangerous. We all know what they are trying to do - and you do too deep down. When you present to the world that the police are indiscriminately killing sweet innocent college-bound Blacks, while not presenting any dissenting opinion, I do believe you are entering the criminal.
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Please, don't presume to tell me what I know "deep down". Within the guidelines imposed by various Supreme Court decisions, I'm an absolutist when it comes to the First Amendment. John Stuart Mill is one of my heroes.

Until yesterday, I—along with millions of others—thought an unarmed college kid had been shot by a cop for some unknown reason.

However, that changed for me when the video was released. The MEDIA were the ones who got it released through their FOIA requests. If they wanted to ignore the truth, the media would not have asked that the chief of police turn over the surveillance video.



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"Until yesterday, I—along with millions of others—thought an unarmed college kid had been shot by a cop for some unknown reason." ... my point exactly.

Following your logic, perhaps the saintly media could have told us there was allegedly an unreleased video, allegedly of Michael Brown, allegedly robbing a convenience store? They peddle in allegations so why hide this one?

Because the popular media are generally criminal do not mean they all are --- the focus of my comments is the television media, I should have made that more clear. Somehow i don't think Rachel Maddow, or Don Lemon, or Chris Hayes, were clamoring for this video to be released.

The popular media are not unlike immature children, desperate for attention - and they only influence the uneducated, emotion-based, mob.
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The media are the means by which information is transmitted. From the town crier to the partisan press to books to magazines to broadcasts to social media, media tell us what is going on in our towns, our counties, our states, our nations and our world.


One of the first things I was taught in J school was "if it bleeds, it leads" and I was in the editorial track, not the broadcast track! Just as any other business, media outlets are in it to make money, and controversy sells.


It's the only business the Constitution protects. The framers thought a free press was so important that they protected it in the First Amendment. They didn’t say only certain kinds of press are free, but the press in general.


Why? Because the only free society is one in which the flow of information and open debate are possible.
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Keep drinking that Kool-aid. The media's job is to disseminate information in an un-biased manner, but the corruption of man has caused them to fail miserably at their one job. Main stream (and even less main-stream) media outlets willfully misinterpret facts, omit facts, change/spin facts, and even flat out lie on a regular basis to accomplish their end-goals. They use an "ends justify the means..." mentality, thinking that they are doing the world a favor by telling us what to believe. You yourself admitted that you were completely misled by the media's account of this young man as a "gentle giant" until they "forced the release of this video" (which isn't even the case). Yet now, all I keep hearing from the media is that the Police Chief shouldn't have released the tape because it has nothing to do with the shooting - so obviously they are not happy about the video tape. I argue the exact opposite, the tape has everything to do with the incident (not the shooting necessarily, but the rioting after the fact) because it provides a great deal of context, and proves that the media's spin that he is just a "gentle giant" like Michael Orr, is a complete fabrication. The media is completely detrimental to the future of our country, because stupid people believe what they are seeing/reading/hearing.
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Another brainwashed journalist. *sigh* Our "press" today actively inhibits the flow of information and makes debates (that is, real debate) impossible. Where have you been for the last 20-40 years? Haven't you heard of the journolists (I and II?). Practically speaking, most of the press is nothing but a well-oiled propaganda machine and is doing it's best to misinform the citizenry. They don't want a well-informed citizenry. That's the whole point.

I'd be curious what j-school you went too. All the big ones are utterly corrupt. Starting with Columbia, NYU, etc.
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If CNN can spark more riots their ratings might increase from below Knife Shopping Network to just above Scrapbooking Entertainment Channel.
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