Before the shooting, a convenience store clerk witnesses Brown take a box of Swisher Sweets cigars and hand them to another young man that is standing behind him. The clerk demands for Brown to pay for the cigars when Brown reaches across the counter and grabs several more packages of cigars. Brown proceeds to grab the clerk’s shirt and pushes him into a rack before exiting the store. A security camera records events.
Officer Darren Wilson stops Brown for blocking traffic but notices Brown is holding cigars. Brown raises his hands and Wilson shoots Brown.