National Association for the Advancement of Colored People - St.

Louis Branch
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September 5, 2014

(VIA EMAIL) christy.lopez@usdoj.gov
Christy E. Lopez, Deputy Chief
Special Litigation Section
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20530

Subject: Review of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson

Deputy Chief Lopez:

I am writing to request that your review of the Ferguson Police department includes a
specific review of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson; and his action related to the release
of the video of Michael Brown allegedly conducting a "strong-arm robbery."

According to Mr. Matthew Keys, an investigative journalist with The Desk and The Blot
Magazine (formerly with Thomson Reuters) article published on September 5, 2014:

http://theblot.com/exclusive-ferguson-police-chief-lied-about-michael-brown-surveillance-
tape-7725621

Several weeks ago, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson released surveillance video
purporting to show Mr. Michael Brown, 17, engaged in a so-called "strong-arm robbery" at a
convenience store hours before he was fatally shot by one of the department's officers. Mr.
Jackson said the video of Mr. Brown was being released after several media organizations has
filed open records requests seeking the release of the video.

Mr. Keys filed an open records request seeking any and all requests made by the media for
the surveillance video and found that zero requests were made to the City of Ferguson or the
Ferguson Police Department for the video. Requests were only made to the police department
after the police chief released the surveillance video. This contradicts the chief's assertion that
media requests were made for the video, and that his hand was forced in releasing it.

The day prior to the release Chief Jackson met with the NAACP and several members of the
U S Justice Department's Community Relations Services and discussed the release of the
video. Chief Jackson assured us all that he did not want to release the video but was being
forced due to media request. You may further recalled that DOJ advised Chief Jackson not to
released.


USDOJ Deputy Chief Christy Lopez Letter
September 5, 2014
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Chief's Jackson release of the video under false circumstance not only constitute a breach of
trust with both the Press & Community; but also a possible attempt to influence the outcome of
the Federal Investigation with respect to the shooting of Michael Brown.

A thorough review of the Chief's action, and the adjunction if warranted, is a necessary
component to begin the restoration of trust between the Police and the Community.

Respectfully Submitted,

 
Adolphus M. Pruitt, II, -
1st Vice President & Political Action Chair
NAACP Missouri State Conference of Branches

cc: Cornell William Brooks, President & CEO NAACP
Mary Ratliff, President Missouri NAACP
Governor Jay Nixon
Attorney General Chris Koster
STL County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch
Attorneys Representing Michael Brown's Family