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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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?

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.

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 !!!!

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

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

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.

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???

satmantoo
satmantoo

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

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Idiots and morons!!!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

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

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...

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.

rover77
rover77

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

unclebubby
unclebubby

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

FuzzBall44
FuzzBall44

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

PB62
PB62

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

nenasmiller
nenasmiller

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

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