Activists Protest Store Michael Brown Robbed, Demand Ownership Be Given To Them

Ferguson Market and Liquor agreed to protesters' list of demands, but that wasn't enough.

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.

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Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

Jessie Jackson used to spit in white peoples' soup when he was a waiter long ago.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

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?

grandaddydean
grandaddydean

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.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

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.

Memphis6
Memphis6

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.

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