published Friday, August 15th, 2014

Lawyer: Store didn't call cops on Missouri teen

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    These images provided by the Ferguson Police Department show security camera footage from a convenience store in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, 2014, the day that Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer. A report released on Aug. 15, 2014, by Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson says the footage shows a confrontation between Brown and an employee at the store. The report says that Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, stole a box of cigars from the store shortly before Brown's death.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

FERGUSON, Mo. — The attorney for a convenience store where a Missouri teenager allegedly stole cigars before being shot by police says a customer, not store workers, called police.

Ferguson police released surveillance video Friday that they say shows 18-year-old Michael Brown grabbing the shirt of a smaller man who'd walked out from behind the counter. Police say Brown was suspected of stealing a box of cigars.

The store's attorney, Jay Kanzler, says store workers didn't call police, though they're not disputing that a theft happened.

Kanzler also says a court issued a search warrant for the video Friday.

More than a dozen officers were at the store Friday. Kanzler says extra security wasn't requested. He says the store has a long history in Ferguson and workers know many customers by name.

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