They say he didn't steal the cigarillos, but had traded dope to one of the clerks for them earlier that day, but handed the cigarillos back to the clerk for 'safekeeping'.
Which, according to "Stranger Fruits" documentary film makers, means he could legally walk out with an entire box later that day after strangling the storeowner who likely did not know about the dope deal, and that that makes it not a 'strong arm robbery'.
I honestly don't understand how they think him dealing weed to a clerk hours before strangling the owner and stealing a entire box of the cigarillos makes it any better. Can anyone else? I mean I guess that clerk could get a pot charge. But Mike stealing/dealing dope wasn't why he was shot, it was just used as a show of his character.
Edit: Apparently there were protests at the store last night, could be more tonight
Note: Lawyer for the store says that there was no exchange for pot and that when Mike handed back the cigarillos in the new video he had attempted to steal them that time as well and had just been stopped by the clerk.
Quotes from the CNN article
Attorney Jay Kanzler, who represents the store and employees, told CNN that the version of events in the documentary is false and that it has been edited to omit a clerk throwing a bag back to Brown.
"If it did occur, the incident is still irrelevant to our investigation because our department investigated the encounter between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson," St. Louis County Police said.
And my favorite
In an earlier interview, in which he appeared alongside Brown's father, Pollock said, "What this video shows is that (police) lied to the world about what happened. They wanted to make Mike look bad, so they put out half a video to destroy his character in his death."
He adds that the video is "not new" and that the full video was handed over to police, the FBI and also the Brown family "very early on."
Sounds like the family originally didn't want to show the 'new' video because it does them no favors. Now that a documentary they will profit off of is going to come out, they don't mind. Good publicity I suppose, it just sucks its giving so many people the wrong idea, that it would have changed anything. And now protests are happening again.