Feds opposed releasing Ferguson robbery video

An incident in a store in Ferguson, Missouri, Aug. 9, 2014, is seen in this still image taken from a security camera and presented to the media during a news conference by the Ferguson Police Department Aug. 15, 2014. Reuters/Ferguson Police Department

Last Updated Aug 16, 2014 11:55 PM EDT

Federal authorities opposed Friday's release of a surveillance video showing a man resembling Michael Brown committing a robbery at a convenience store in Ferguson, Mo., CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports.

After Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson released the video and documents identifying Brown, 18, as a suspect, dozens of looters ransacked several stores in the St. Louis suburb Friday night, CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers reports.

Orr reports that, according to a U.S. law enforcement official, the Ferguson Police Department wanted to release the video Thursday.

In the video, a man wearing a St. Louis Cardinals cap reaches over the counter and grabs a $48 box of cigars. The suspect shoves a store clerk as he leaves.

A lawyer for Brown's family said Friday the suspect apparently was Brown. But the family said even if the teen had been involved in the robbery, that would not justify a police officer shooting him when he had his hands up, as several witnesses have described.

According to police dispatch transcripts, the suspect's description was broadcast at 11:52 a.m. last Saturday. Ten minutes later, an officer spotted Brown, and a minute later Brown lay dying in the streets just three blocks away from the store.

The Justice Department asked Ferguson police not to release the video, believing that it would roil the community further, and were able to successfully prevent the video from being released Thursday, the U.S. law enforcement official said.

Friday's release occurred over the objection of federal authorities, the official said.

A copy of the video has also been in the possession of federal investigators, and there weren't any plans by the investigators to release it, the official said.

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