In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown, the Ferguson Police made several
ill-advised moves. The biggest was the paramilitary force that greeted
protests, looking for all the world like a unit flown in from Kabul, followed
shortly thereafter by the detainment of several journalists. The decision to
withhold the officer's name was also received poorly, but this was complicated
by one baffling move -- the release of a store surveillance tape that appeared
to show Brown stealing cigarillos from a local store shortly before he was
This tape's release was purely self-motivated. Even the Dept. of Justice --
which had stepped in shortly after everything went to hell in Ferguson --
advised against it. The only conceivable reason for the release was a post-
facto "justification" of Officer Darren Wilson's decision to shoot an unarmed
man several times.
But the Ferguson PD tried to cover up this motivation. Matthew Key at TheBlot
has dug into the events surrounding the release of the surveillance tape and
found nothing but Ferguson PD lies.
> _The chief of police for the Ferguson Police Department misled members of
the media and the public when he asserted that ...