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Ferguson protests 2017 (CNN)
Ferguson protests 2017 (CNN)

Protests broke out in Ferguson after a new video claimed to show Michael Brown's innocence


Ferguson, Missouri, became a flashpoint for protests again.

The city that grabbed national attention in 2014 got heated again after a newly released video claimed to show Michael Brown, the man whose death sparked the protests, never robbed Ferguson Market and Liquor. His alleged ties to the robbery led to the clash with police that ultimately led to him being shot and killed. 

The New York Daily News reports a gunshot rang out at the protests. No one was hurt. 

The video was part of "Stranger Fruit," a documentary released Saturday at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Filmmaker Jason Pollock said the footage shows Brown giving a small bag of marijuana to the store employees and getting cigarillos in return, leaving them behind the counter for safekeeping. 

Pollock argues this refutes the police account that Brown robbed the store when he returned later that day. But Ferguson Market lawyer Jay Kanzler insisted the footage was doctored. 

Protests broke out in Ferguson after a new video claimed to show Michael Brown's innocence

WATCH | Here's Pollock on his own work.

Kanzler told reporters the footage was edited during the protests.

Brown was later confronted by police over the alleged robbery. Then-Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson said he was afraid for his life after Brown attacked him, leading him to shoot him. 

But many claimed Brown was innocent, leading to the "hands up, don't shoot" chant. 

The new video angered those who thought Brown was innocent, accusing the store and police of a cover-up. 

Kanzler said a full version of the footage would be released Monday.

Here's another look at the police presence.

Some observers dismissed the protests.

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