According to a report in the Huffington Post, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson lied when he stated he had “many” specific requests for a videotape that allegedly showed Michael Brown robbing a convenience store prior to his shooting death at the hands of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson lied when he said he had received “many” specific requests for the videotape that allegedly shows Michael Brown robbing a convenience store, according to a new report.
“All I did — what I did was — was release the videotape to you, because I had to,” Jackson told reporters on Aug. 15 when asked why he released the robbery footage. “I’d been sitting on it, but I — too many people put in a [Freedom of Information Act] request for that thing, and I had to release that tape to you.”
Writing for The Blot, Matthew Keys reports that the police department did not receive any specific requests for the videotape.
“A review of open records requests sent to the Ferguson Police Department found that no news organization, reporter or individual specifically sought the release of the surveillance tape before police distributed it on Aug. 15,” Keys writes.
It should be clear to anyone with half a brain that the reason Police Chief Jackson released the surveillance tape purportedly showing Michael Brown robbing a convenience store prior to his death at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson was to portray Brown as a “thug,” no doubt in an attempt to protect his officer.