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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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Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot on Aug. 9 by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer, was an aspiring hip-hop artist. The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday on Brown's SoundCloud page, a collection of amateur rap songs that Brown had posted before his death.

They contained much of the imagery and language common to so-called gangster rap. Pictures of Brown flashing alleged gang signs have also circulated in the conservative blogosphere.

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A counterprotest sprung up in St. Louis on Sunday to express support for the white Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot a black unarmed teen, adding a new wrinkle to the ongoing turmoil of the last week.

Jon Swaine, a reporter for The Guardian who is on the ground in Missouri, reported that the protesters congregated outside the headquarters of KSDK, a St. Louis TV station on Sunday afternoon.

There were about 125 protesters, according to Swaine, and one of them was black. The officer they were supporting, Darren Wilson, allegedly shot 18-year-old Michael Brown six times on Aug. 9. The shooting has prompted the clashes between police and protesters over the last week, forcing Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to call in the National Guard Monday morning.

“He was doing his job,” a protester told The Guardian.

The pro-Wilson protest lasted about two hours, according to reporters at the scene.

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A Twitter user appears to have provided a contemporaneous account from the scene of the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown, 18, on Saturday, Aug. 9.

The account of the incident was found and curated by Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES). The first tweets by @TheePharoah, whose Twitter biography says he lives in St. Louis, are timestamped for TPM at the time of the shooting (1 p.m. ET on Aug. 9; the shooting occurred at 12 p.m. CT, or 1 p.m ET).

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The Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot Michael Brown Saturday did not initially stop Brown because he was a suspect in a convenience store robbery that took place minutes before, the city police chief said Friday.

"The robbery does not relate to the initial contact between the officer (Darren Wilson) and Michael Brown," Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson said at a Friday afternoon press conference. "The initial contact between the officer and Mr. Brown was not related to the robbery."

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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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