On August 21, Charles Johnson, editor of GotNews, filed a lawsuit against the Circuit Court of St. Louis County for the release of Michael Brown’s juvenile record. Johnson claims that he was informed by two "law enforcement contacts" that not only did Brown have a prior criminal record, but that it included a charge for second-degree murder.
Johnson stated that his sources informed him that the young man affectionately dubbed "the gentle giant" by the mainstream press was also a member of the notoriously violent street gang known as the Crips.
The lawsuit is commonly referred to as a "sunshine records request."
Johnson reportedly filed the suit in response to the overwhelming shadow of doubt cast by the media upon Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown on August 9, as well calls from the governor of Missouri to indict the officer for murder. Despite the fact that Brown was seen on a store surveillance video stealing handfuls of cigars and physically assaulting the store clerk, the media has maintained the narrative that Brown was simply an "unarmed black kid" murdered by a white cop.
The lawsuit states:
...the historical moment, in which we, collectively find ourselves is very delicate and volatile, precisely because of the shooting and related social crises. Because of this, the Missouri, American, and International public deserve to have answers to basic questions about personal histories of both Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown.
Of course, two weeks of rioting followed the shooting, in which dozens of businesses were damaged and looted.