Fox News host Martha MacCallum questioned Jason Pollock, director of “Strange Fruit” in an interview. By the end of the segment, he was enraged.
Pollock is the director behind the Michael Brown documentary, “Strange Fruit.” The 18-year-old teen was killed by a Ferguson police officer in 2014. In the film, Pollock claims that never-before-seen footage proves that Brown did not rob a convenience store right before the fight with police that left him dead.
During the interview, Pollock made claims that the “cops get off every single time” because of the way the “system” works.
There were problems from the start. Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum introduced the segment about “new footage” related to the Michael Brown shooting. Pollock rolled his eyes at the anchor. It all went downhill from there.
“I am simply stunned by that report, simply stunned,” Pollock said. “Fake news 101.”
Pollock’s thesis is Brown, who allegedly robbed the convenience store just before his fatal confrontation, did not rob the store, but what was previously seen on surveillance footage taking part in a drug deal that had gone bad. Authorities in Missouri dispute this claim.
Asked what difference it makes if Brown had robbed the store, since his encounter with police had nothing to do with the alleged robbery, Pollock replied, “That’s a very interesting way to phrase this ’cause I completely agree with you. And the reason we put out this convenience store tape now is so that people could get over it, because he didn’t rob the store. And anyone who sees the exchange that takes place with a conscience, a heart, two minds, and is not a bigot pretty much understands what happened.”
After that, MacCallum reminded Pollock that 40 FBI agents were dispatched to Ferguson to investigate the death. Pollock began yelling and pointing at the camera about a conspiracy to conceal the truth.
“When the facts of this case come out!” Pollock yelled. He continued to allege Brown was shot in the back of the head with a bullet being lodged in the ground, something no investigation found.
“You know how many black men are in jail right now for nothing, for nothing, because the Department of Justice failed them?!” Pollock yelled at the end of the interview.