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Ferguson police chief's stunning reversal: Admits Michael Brown shooter didn't know about alleged robbery

Chief Tom Jackson revealed the teens were stopped because they were blocking traffic


Associated Press
August 16, 2014 12:02AM (UTC)

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The chief in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police says the officer didn't know the teen was a robbery suspect at the time of the shooting.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson says 18-year-old Michael Brown and his friend were stopped Saturday "because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic."

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Jackson earlier Friday released documents alleging Brown had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery shortly before he was killed.

During an afternoon news conference Jackson said the robbery "was not related to the initial contact" between the officer and Brown.


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