CNN has decided to endorse more fake news by promoting a documentary by Jason Pollock, a director who is known to want to stir up controversy every chance he gets. At SXSW in Austin over the weekend, Pollock’s documentary was shown to the public. After people saw the film, and word spread, anger ensued. Footage in the film resulted in a huge riot in Ferguson, MO.
The documentary, “Stranger Fruit,” was shown to a public audience and has now caused an uproar of protests in the spot where Brown was killed by a police officer during an altercation in 2014. Pollock claims that Brown did not rob the store before his death in the early hours of August 9, 2014, and footage from the documentary supports this claim. Instead, Pollock aims to attack not only the authorities involved in the situation, but also the Ferguson Liquor Market that reported the robbery in which Brown took part in before his death.
“This is a shady store. We’ve asked a lot of people in this community. You can buy weed at the store,” Pollock said.
“Stranger Fruit” shows Mike Brown at the store prior to the robbery, where he is seen exchanging marijuana for products in the area.
The new surveillance footage, captured about 11 hours before Officer Darren Wilson fatally gunned down Brown, shows him placing a small bag on the counter. The two clerks behind the counter pick up the bag and appear to sniff it. The clerks then give Brown a bag that allegedly contained cigarillos. Brown is seen taking the bag, but he then turns around and gives it back to them before leaving.
Pollock claims it was common for people in the neighborhood to barter with the clerks. He also says the younger clerks, who tended to exchange goods for various drugs, were discrete as to not let the older clerks find out about their trading tendencies. Therefore, in the widely publicized video released after Brown’s death, he was not stealing cigarillos, but rather retrieving them after he’d left them in the store earlier.
Pollock also suggests that if his footage had been released during the trial, the outcome would have been completely different. Authorities have said Pollock’s footage, even if it were accurate, is not relevant to the case at all. Officer Wilson stopped Brown for walking in the street, not because of a robbery.
On Sunday night, about 100 protesters rioted outside of Ferguson Liquor Market in retaliation to the documentary, which was perceived as true. The riots caused the store to close early for safety reasons, and there were also shots fired shortly before midnight. Luckily no one was injured, but the fake footage from the documentary, which CNN has highlighted since its debut, is undoubtedly to blame for the carnage created outside the store.
Pollock and Brown’s son, Mike Brown Jr., claim the footage in the documentary is real, despite being proven wrong on several accounts. The camera footage from the entire interior and exterior of the store was handed over to authorities after the incident occurred. The footage came on two discs, from all of the store’s cameras, labeled “Ferguson Market 1A” and “Ferguson Market 1B.” Both discs were given to the jury in the case after Mike Brown’s death.
The Ferguson police department made no attempt to hide any information or evidence throughout the investigation, nor during the case. The optimal amount of evidence was handed over to the jury, and the ruling was given after a fair trial.
As a result of the documentary, the Ferguson Liquor Market has decided to file a suit against Pollock and Brown as a result of their false accusations. The store stands by its claim that none of its clerks were engaged in such activity with Brown, nor should the unsupported information in the video have put their lives in danger on Sunday night. An attorney for the store and its employees are also accusing Pollock of editing the video.
After being questioned by other news sources, CNN cannot independently confirm the video’s authenticity.
So why support this new information if you can’t claim any truth to it? What is CNN’s end game? The news outlet has one mission nowadays: to dismiss any progress made by law enforcement or the current administration by shedding light on things that hold no weight – like “Stranger Fruit.”
The liberal network’s interview, and subsequent support, with Pollock and Brown and their documentary comes shortly after some big announcements made by the Trump administration.
At the end of last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions disputed the Obama-era investigation that claimed Chicago police officers used “unconstitutional use of force” and had a “pattern of racial discrimination” toward the city’s minorities. After ruling the evidence for the claims as insufficient, Sessions then announced his plan to work with law enforcement agencies around the country to encourage better tactics that could be used to handle extreme situations.
That’s not what CNN wants, though. If the administration were successful in helping create better environments for both citizens and those who protect them, the network would have one less controversial thing to report. By helping dig up useless information and false evidence from a solved case, CNN is just stirring the pot that is already overflowing with meaningless scandals and fake news.
Working to uncover the lies behind these stories in the liberal media is the only way we can expose the truth. Fake news is not to be taken lightly. It’s reached a point in which it is becoming life-threatening. People care about this country and the direction it moves in. If we can’t agree to work on things that really matter, what hope do we have for the future?