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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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

Tom4
Tom4

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

robocop95
robocop95

Time to move your business somewhere else.

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.....

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???

John.Brown
John.Brown

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

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.

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.

Lbw654
Lbw654

This is absolutely ludicrous that the store appeased these 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.

negolien
negolien

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

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!

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.

Ryebread
Ryebread

Appeasement makes the aggressor more aggressive. Dean Rusk

RunCop
RunCop

Scum

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.

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