Chief: Officer didn't know Brown was a suspect

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by KMOV / Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 15 at 1:52 PM

 FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV/AP) -- The Ferguson police chief says officer Darren Wilson didn't know 18-year-old Michael Brown was a robbery suspect at the time of the shooting. 

   Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson earlier Friday released documents alleging 18-year-old Michael Brown had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery shortly before he was killed.
 
 
   During an afternoon news conference Jackson said the robbery "was not related to the initial contact" between the officer and Brown on Saturday.  He added that the officer made contact due to Brown and a friend walking in the middle of the street.
 
   He declined to elaborate as to why the officer stopped Brown and his friend, citing the ongoing investigation into the shooting.
 
   Reporters then asked Chief Jackson why he released video of the robbery, if it didn't lead to the officer approaching Brown.  Jackson said he did it due to multiple media requests.
 

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