Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at dylan@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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A conspiracy theory about the security camera footage of Michael Brown shoplifting from a convenience store minutes before he was shot by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday is making the rounds on Twitter. It alleges the footage is more than two months old.

The theory, which seems largely contained to random users on Twitter, comes amid serious questions about the official record in the case.

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Attorneys for the family of the Ferguson, Mo., teen who was shot by a police officer last Saturday have accused the city's police department of trying to "assassinate the character of their son" with the allegation that he was the primary suspect in a convenience store robbery that occurred minutes before he was shot.

"Michael Brown’s family is beyond outraged at the devious way the police chief has chosen to disseminate piece mil information in a manner intended to assassinate the character of their son, following such a brutal assassination of his person in broad daylight," the family's attorneys said in a Friday statement.

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Amid ongoing racial tensions in Ferguson, Mo., the Daily Beast reported on a 2009 incident in which city police beat up a wrongfully arrested African-American man and then charged him for getting blood on their uniforms.

The incident occurred on Sept. 20, 2009. The police served an outstanding warrant to one Henry Davis, 52, according to the Beast — but they were actually looking for a different Henry Davis who had a different middle name and Social Security number. But after the police apparently ran Davis's license plate number and saw his name, he was pulled over and arrested, the Daily Beast reported.

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Michael Brown, the African-American teen who was shot by Ferguson, Mo., police Saturday, was the primary suspect for an alleged robbery that occurred at the time of the shooting, according to reporters on the ground piecing through a police report released Friday.

Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson said officer Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran, was the officer who shot Brown. He gave a timeline of the shooting, which included a response to a 911 call from a convenience store shortly before the shooting around 12 p.m. Saturday.

The police also released an incident report about the robbery, which said that Brown was the "primary suspect," according to reporters at the scene who had access to the physical copies. Brown had stolen cigars from the convenience store, the report stated, and had pushed an employee who asked him to pay for them.

Jackson said a description of the suspect had been circulated prior to the shooting.

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President Bill Clinton invited incoming Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro to dine at the Clinton's private D.C. home last week, the Washington Post reported, making it impossible for the media to ignore the 2016 implications.

Castro, former San Antonio mayor and 2012 Democratic National Convention keynote speaker, was nominated by President Barack Obama to head HUD in May. The New York Times noted at the time that he "has often been mentioned as a potential vice-presidential candidate for the Democrats." The move to HUD was thought to help bolster Castro's national profile.

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A Missouri state senator tweeted "F--K you" at Gov. Jay Nixon (D) Thursday morning, seemingly upset by his absence from the protests in Ferguson.

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D), who represents the Ferguson area, has spent time in the city during the protests. KMOZ reported Wednesday that Chapelle-Nadal said she had been hit with tear gas while standing with protesters.

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Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is assuming control of law enforcement operations in Ferguson, said that he would visit "ground zero" on Thursday night and meet with protesters.

Johnson said he would visit a Ferguson gas station that had been set on fire during the protests following the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teen.

"When we talk about boots on the ground, my boots are going to be on the ground," Johnson said. "We are going have a different approach and have the approach that we're in this together."

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) said Thursday that the identity of the Ferguson police officer who shot an unarmed African-American teen should be released "as expeditiously as possible."

Nixon added that he did not know the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown on Saturday, sparking the confrontations between protesters and police that have captured the nation's attention.

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