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 Browns 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 Browns 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 groups 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 groups 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.

Comments (78)
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JBo
JBo

It's really hard to believe that people can achieve such a level of stupidity, without even working for it, as has been displayed by these "protesters".

I refer to, in part, "...he was just collecting on the debt owed to him from his drug transaction." That's his excuse for a strong arm robbery? They want the business as a freebie? Get a job and buy it.

And if it was my business, I would burn it to the ground like Brown's daddy wanted before I gave it up.

Hwninblu
Hwninblu

Sell it to BLM group for five million.

dbosse
dbosse

My question is why law enforcement allowed protestors on private property to "shut down" the business for a week. If those had been white protestors and the store owner a Muslim they would have been moved or jailed.

LEO0301
LEO0301

So a State Representative gets involved in this extortion! WTF! I would rather close the store and move someplace without any minorities to deal with. Only in a black community would you want to celebrate the death of a criminal.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"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"

Well Mom, this isn't really much better in the overall bigger picture now is it? Every time I read something that points to a new lowest level of stupidity....... along comes another story which makes the prior one pale in comparison just like a bottomless Abyss. Police should just advise these protesters to move on . We need to stop trying to pacify and patronize this community as this is what got us to this point in the first place. They will never be satisfied and will always expect more.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

I would quietly use the trucks supposedly delivering merchandise as moving trucks and remove as much as possible of higher end goods, leaving cheaper goods behind, toward the front of the store. I would then call those cheap goods a loss, leave the door unlocked for the next morning, and be gone. But absolutely no alcohol. Just empty boxes on the shelves. No money in the register or safe. Nothing in the office. Just one row of cheap goods in the front of the store and some posters in the windows.

RunCop
RunCop

Scum

Ryebread
Ryebread

Appeasement makes the aggressor more aggressive. Dean Rusk

TeneteLineam
TeneteLineam

And this right here is another perfect example of why BLM should be summarily dismissed any time they speak up about anything (which, lets be honest, is all the fucking time). Theyre not reasonable nor rational, and have no interest in actually bettering their community. All they seek to do is glorify criminals and get one over on whitey any chance they get. Id tell them to shove their demands.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

And yet AGAIN the mob rules! We are quickly becoming a country not of laws but of mob rules. And the bleeding heart liberal politicians feed the mob!

negolien
negolien

And minorities wonder why there are no jobs in their fkin neighborhoods LOL idiots.

Katarina
Katarina

You hit the nail on the head with that! The only person who besmirched MB's reputation was MB himself. A bunch of losers looking for something for nothing again.

Lbw654
Lbw654

This is absolutely ludicrous that the store appeased these idiots!!

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

So they basically admit that the poor innocent hands up, I was getting ready to go to college teenager Michael Brown jr was a drug dealer. Drug dealer or robber, still a scumbag. What these people are doing is nothing short of extortion (a crime by the way). Whats worse than these Useless feckn humans trying to shake down the owners of the store, who had nothing to do with criminal Browns death, is that top officials from police to elected officials are part of it.

angeleyes
angeleyes

OMG are you kidding me... have security owned by black people (not racist at all), close the store on the anniversary of the death of a thug and finally give the store over to those losers. OMG i cannot believe this shit (sorry for the swear word). i think the owners of the store needs to close and relocate out of that neighborhood all together. let them get a black run person store to run it in their neighborhood, if they can. i'm sure they'll screen it very carefully who runs "their" store in "their" neighborhood.

John.Brown
John.Brown

I can't believe they turned down a free BBQ!

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

WHOA!! What is the store owner doing making any kind of deal with these nut cases? He owes them nothing, nada, zero, zip and yet he is making concessions to them? Am I missing something here???

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

I don't give a damn if big fat Low IQ dumb shit Mike Brownie was selling cup cakes with the Girl Scouts before hand, once he bull charged the officer and punched him several times, and tried for his duty weapon, he got rightfully shot as a result. Don't believe me? Try to attack a cop and try for his gun and come back and let me know how that worked out for you.....

robocop95
robocop95

Time to move your business somewhere else.

Tom4
Tom4

Why do these people continue to be labeled "activists"? They are agitators!

nenasmiller
nenasmiller

Sell them the store? These people are allowed to control the whole area, just like gangs

PB62
PB62

Unbelievable The democrat controlled city has been brought to it's knees by thugs once again. When will they learn?

FuzzBall44
FuzzBall44

So Browns mom was pretty pleased that her loser kid was selling drugs? That says it all. What a bunch of scum!!

unclebubby
unclebubby

They make demands like everything was someone else's fault the kid was a drug dealer

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

So Browns mom admitted that her was collecting drug money for drugs that he sold?? They have raised hell, burned stuff down, and started racial tensions because of a known, admitted drug dealer. This goes to prove the family are thugs and nobody should give them nothing! Its unbelieveable that the DOJ and local prosecutors wanted to prosecute and wanted to hang a officer for a drug transaction.

SDLucas
SDLucas

This is why decent, working poor people can't find decently priced and readily available goods and services in their own neighborhoods. And they never will, until they start policing their own communities and cooperating with real community policing efforts from authorities, where those exist.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@nenasmiller you should be able to control your neighborhood. If the owner doesn't like it, he can leave their neighbirhoid.

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

Black Mail.This is America or it was.How can this Thugs family demand anything?GIVE ME,GIVE ME,GIVE ME MORE is all we hear anymore.This thug was a thief,bully and now we hear he was a drug dealer which seems to be ok with the family.WHAT A CROCK.

rover77
rover77

and this is why you don't give an inch to these self annointed losers

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

This is America and no business owner should be allowed to be held hostage by a bunch of thugs. The store owner should shut down his store and let the failing economy of Ferguson fail even more. I feel for the local cops who have to deal with this BS on a daily basis.

DaleMcNamee
DaleMcNamee

If I was the owner, I'd close down, open a new store elsewhere, move my inventory there, and give them an empty store... And watch the blackmailers fail...

They deserve that end...

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

Owners oughta rig the whole place with TNT and wait for the rats to take it.

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

A Prime Example of Social Justice, Socialism, we do what we want and we will take from you what you earned. Truth and facts be damned.

artw44
artw44

His actions at the store has nothing to do with his action during the interaction with officer Wilson other than the fact that they were looking for him, how he reacted after they found him is on him, not the store he robbed.

GK18
GK18

So Browns mother states that he was collecting on a drug transaction and not robbing the store, WOW this is sad and hilarious that she opens her mouth at all. Sad part is she is running for some sort of political office position. I wouldnt be surprised she wins due to her great job of raising her son. Wait a second, he was raised by his grandmother.

Mortician72
Mortician72

What a bunch of idiots. They want everything handed to them instead of going out into the world to get a job and earn it. We do have a "Sub-culture" here in this country brought upon themselves. Without being raised in life with out social skills is a reflexion upon themselves as sub-human.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

This calls to mind the Korean store owner of the Rodney King riots era who stood outside his business with a .45 blasting at rioters down the street. No one was gonna tell him how to call the shots!

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Idiots and morons!!!

satmantoo
satmantoo

This is extortion plain and simple. Why arent charges being brought against these extortionists. Just another example of Black privilege!!

kwhite5
kwhite5

He was a thug, plain and simple. The parents are a holes who couldn't even raise their own kid. The father was most likely never around but now cries for free stuff? The parents are complete failures. This punk got what he deserved. My question is, why aren't they being brought up on charges of blackmail and extortion???

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

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.

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

sell them the store for a huge profit. It'll go under in less than a year anyway.

Reefer54
Reefer54

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 !!!!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

".....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.

AnnieFoxe
AnnieFoxe

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?

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.

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.

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

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?

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

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