Ferguson, MO – A group of protesters gathered outside the convenience store that Michael Brown Jr. robbed just before he was killed in a 2014 altercation with a Ferguson police officer have demanded that the property owners hand the business over to them.
The protesters have been planted outside the Ferguson Market and Liquor store since Aug. 9, which marked the fourth anniversary of the day Brown was killed as he attacked Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Jay Kanzler, an attorney for the store, said that the protesters managed to shut down the business for a week, but that it was able to reopen on Aug. 25.
No arrests have been made, police said.
The business came under fire in 2017, after police released surveillance footage that appeared to show Brown dealing drugs to store workers hours before the robbery took place.
Brown's mother claimed that the video was proof that Brown wasn't really robbing the store, and that he was just collecting on the debt owed to him from his drug transaction.
The video ignited claims of a police cover-up of Brown's drug deal, which was interpreted by some as proof that the shooting of Brown was unjustified.
“I do believe that, on many levels, had they turned over all the surveillance the outcome could have been possibly different,” protester Gina Gowdy said of the store, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
However, all of the surveillance was actually turned over at the time, and unedited footage showed that store workers never accepted any of the drugs the Brown was selling. Investigators also found no link between Brown's drug dealing and the robbery or shooting.
On Aug. 17, in an effort to quell the protests, Kanzler said he met with Michael Brown Sr., activist Anthony Shahid, attorney Anthony Gray, and state Rep. Bruce Franks to hear a list of the protesters’ demands.
The group ordered that the store owners “address Michael Brown Jr.’s character,” which they said was mischaracterized by the early-on release of store surveillance footage that showed Brown shoving a clerk and stealing cigarillos from the business, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
The group also demanded that the business close its doors for three days each year on the anniversary of Brown’s death, and that they establish a scholarship in his name.
The store was told to cease sales of the sleeping capsule “Dormin,” as well as any other products that people could use to get high, and that they must hire security personnel from a company owned by a black person.
Lastly, the group demanded that the business come up with ways in which they could give back to the community.
“It seemed like everyone in the room was open to working it out,” Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It was a friendly, robust discussion.”
The store agreed to meet all of the protesters’ demands with the exception of the three-day store closure, Kanzler said.
They agreed instead to close the business on the anniversary of Brown’s death, and said they would provide a free barbeque to the community the day prior, he explained.
The store solidified their commitment in a letter to the protest group’s leaders.
In the letter, the store owners said they understood the community perceived that the business “played a role in fostering negative opinions of Michael Brown Jr. post-August 9th,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
“The Market understands that this perception has hurt the relationship it has enjoyed with many of its customers for years,” the letter continued. “It is hopeful that the Market can restore those relationships by taking meaningful steps to eliminate this perception.”
Despite the fact that the owners essentially agreed to everything the protesters demanded, the group’s leaders ultimately backed out of the agreement.
Now, the only solution they have deemed to be satisfactory is for the business to be sold to them, Kanzler told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The group has not made any formal offers to purchase the business, he added.
Sep 9, 2018
Jessie Jackson used to spit in white peoples' soup when he was a waiter long ago.
Sep 5, 2018
LowEST IQ said "and as far as GTFO, nope. YOU get the fuck out." Yes, yet another witty response from the Master of 5th grade idiotic retorts. He will dazzle us as he responds with those other grade school classics such as : Your a poo poo head.....NO YOUR a poo poo head. and who can ever forget? Your ugly ........NO YOUR ugly...yes,he brings back such cherished memories of elementary school....... Why do you waste your time on this disturbed child?
Sep 5, 2018
Has the whole damn black world gone to hell with insanity?? Next time an officer is shot or injured, go to a black business and demand ownership.
Sep 3, 2018
Hello Mortician 72 - in their own twisted minds they have " jobs". Many work at their jobs collecting welfare, selling drugs, applying for free goods and free services, stealing , robbing , pawning stolen goods, car jacking, playing scams, ......Their "reflection" would need them to look introspectively at themselves, but since they see nothing wrong with their own behaviors then that is a major part of the problems which exists in this community ....that is... until they are eventually caught ,arrested, incarcerated or are shot or killed. Yes, there is a sub culture which exists, but getting a job is so far down the list of priorities in their minds that a job would need to be actually handed to them. The problem after being handed a job is then being able to actually hold the job.....which may be asking too much.
Sep 3, 2018
But his mom said he was such a sweet, good, honest, little boy. He always help the elderly when he wasn't in church feeding the less fortunate.
Sep 2, 2018
I have seen several videos of Michael Brown bullying people, beating up people, one an old man in his 70's, another one of him making a man take off all his clothes and leaving him after beating him up! They said his reputation was tarnished? Are you kidding me?
Sep 2, 2018
".....he was 6'4, 292 pounds; an imposing looking child who got his way pushing people around" .....yeah,apparently especially when he was hungry. A satire-- --He then became the inspiration for the classic ad campaign " You aren't you when your hungry so have a Snickers" TV commercial. This particular junk food junkie's habit did not end well and a difficult lesson was then learned by all. ....And so learn we did. ...Time has passed, healing has begun ,and the laws have now changed. As a result, all EMT's are now required by law to continually carry a full emergency kit of Snickers candy bars to prevent sad moments just like this one. Each EMT will then go through an additional 6 mos of training in how to orally administer the candy bar to the subject......So tragic,and all because a store in the community simply ran out of Snickers. Yes, the candy truck arrived just too many hours too late that day my friends ......and no amount of intravenously administered Orange soda could save him. I'm sure you can understand the outrage- As a result the community wants justice ! ...the community wants Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton !, the community wants the NAACP !,...the community wants a national holiday !... and oh yeah,a free pack of Ding Dongs, some chips, and a grape soda.
Sep 1, 2018
Brown was a fucking criminal and got what he deserved !!!! Al Sharpton, must have been the one doing the extortion, I mean negotiating for these fucking MORONS !!!!
Aug 31, 2018
sell them the store for a huge profit. It'll go under in less than a year anyway.
Aug 31, 2018
All of you are silly. You make exorbitant demands not because you expect them to be met, but because you want him out of your neighborhood. But if he wants to stay, he's going to have to play by their rules.