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Documentary reignites controversy over Michael Brown's actions before Ferguson shooting

Documentary reignites controversy over Michael Brown's actions before Ferguson shooting

St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch was critical Monday of store surveillance footage from a new documentary about the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., calling it a heavily edited attempt to distort an incident that occurred several hours before Brown died in an encounter with a police officer.

McCulloch dismissed the “Stranger Fruit” documentary footage during a news conference and released five surveillance videos from the early hours of Aug. 9, 2014, at Ferguson Market and Liquor. He said the unedited videos told a different story than the filmmakers suggested.

The footage in the documentary “was clearly an attempt to distort this and turn it into something...

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