Stranger Fruit meets rotten fruit: Robert McCulloch and the Michael Brown shooting

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"As the 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was litigated in the court of public opinion, Ferguson's police department released video which appeared to show Brown robbing a local store a few minutes before his fatal encounter with Wilson. A new documentary, Stranger Fruit, includes additional, mostly previously unnoticed, footage which seems to call that interpretation (and the attendant perception of Brown's character) into question. Filmmaker Jason Pollock believes it shows that what happened was not a robbery, but an exchange of marijuana for cigarillos. … the last person entitled to have his opinion on the matter taken seriously is St. Louis County, Missouri prosecutor Robert McCulloch. McCulloch calls Pollock's theory 'just stupid' and 'just nonsense.' But it was McCulloch whose epic, and apparently intentional, mishandling of the formal investigation made speculative inquiries like Pollock's inevitable. Stranger Fruit exists because Robert McCulloch wanted neither to do his job nor to be seen as not doing it." (03/15/17)

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