We're taking a stealing-in-progress from 9101 West Florissant. .... Subject may be leaving the business at the time. Stand by for further.As the end of the phone conversation, the dispatcher typed the following note at 11:52:53 a.m. (Page 15 of 19, Event Report, Stealing in Progress).
white shirt b/m qt box cigarsThis note meant that the suspect -- a Black male in a white t-shirt and carrying a box of cigars -- was headed from the Market at 9101 West Florissant Avenue toward the QuikTrip ("qt" in the note) store at 10768 West Florissant Avenue. Before that note was written at 11:52:53, the male clerk had seen Brown and Johnson cross the street and head north.
Brown was a wearing a white t-shirt and was 6'4" tall.
|At 11:55:06, the policeman could not see Brown|
walking north on West Florissant Avenue.
Brown was 6'4" tall and wearing a white t-shirt
and bright yellow socks.
Brown and Johnson reached the corner of West Florissant Avenue and Canfield Drive at 11:56 and then turned right onto Canfield Drive.
|Walking north, Brown and Johnson reached|
the corner of West Florissant Avenue and Canfield Drive
at 11:56 a.m.
|The Event Report listed the times for|
Open = 11:51:57
Dispatch = 11:53:54
Enroute = 11:53:54
|Track 349 = Policeman in Park Ridge.|
Track 350 = Policeman at Market.
Track 351, 352, 353 = Policeman on West Florissant Avenue
Track 354 = Policeman thinks suspect maybe went to McDonald's
UI = Unintelligible
I figure that Policeman McDonald's entire drive included the following movements.
|Policeman McDonald drove from Parkridge Apartments Complex's main gate|
to the Ferguson Market and Liquor store in less than one minute.
|My speculated route of the police officer|
who responded to the 911 dispatch
Policeman McDonald immediately drove back out of the Market's parking lot, drove east to West Florissant Avenue and turned north (toward QuikTrip) at about 11:55:00. As he drove north, he looked for the suspect and talked with the dispatcher (Tracks 351, 352, 353)
At 11:55:06, the dispatcher typed a note that Policeman McDonald had told her that nobody was walking northbound in a white T-shirt. (Review the Event Report at the beginning of this article, specifically the Incident Notes in the lower part.) This note corresponds with Track 353.
In the above series of tracks, Track 354 is blank ("UI" = "unintelligible) , because the transcriber could not understand the recording. However, when the dispatcher testified to the grand jury, the dispatcher (rather than the transcriber) listened to the track's audio recording and interpreted it as follows:
Prosecutor Can you hear what they're saying?
Prosecutor What did they say?
Dispatcher They're saying "Mickey D's".
Prosecutor Do you know what he means by Mickey D's or what do you assume he means?
Dispatcher He means McDonald's, which was right next door to the Ferguson Market. Possibly he was inferring that the subject may have gone into the McDonald's.
I think that Policeman McDonald then drove to the parking lot's rear end and then circled around and returned to the Market (see the image above).
When Policeman McDonald returned to the Market, he interviewed the two clerks. Based on those interviews, he later wrote an Offense/Incident Report that included descriptions of his own actions. Some of the words were whited-out in the copy that was released to the public, but most of those words can be guessed.
|The police officer drove from the Park Ridge Apartment Complex|
to the Market, where the dispatcher radioed to him
a description of the suspect,
"a black male in a white t-shirt walking northbound".
The police officer did not see the suspect in that area.
On 08/09/2014 at approximately 11:51 hours, while on a call in the Park Ridge Apartment Complex, immediately located behind [words whited-out], I received a call for a stealing in progress at [Ferguson Market] ( W Florissant Ave).
I responded to that location and was given a description by dispatch of a B/M [Black male] in a white t-shirt walking northbound on W Florissant, toward QuickTrip ( W Florissant Ave). I did not see the suspect in the area, so I returned to [Ferguson Market] to contact the employee there.Policeman McDonald's estimate that he received the call at 11:51 is mistaken. The dispatcher's broadcast about the stealing-in-progress occurred at 11:53:54.
In Track 352, Policeman McDonald asked the dispatcher whether the female clerk could provide any more details about the suspect. In Track 353, the dispatcher told Policeman McDonald that the female clerk on the phone could not provide more details to the dispatcher and so Policeman McDonald would have to go into the Market and ask the clerks for further details.
Policeman McDonald therefore drove to the Market, went inside and questioned the clerks. Then he forwarded those details to the dispatcher, who typed following Incident Note (see the Event Report at the beginning of this article) at 11:57:45.
08/09/2014 11:57:47 Suspect wearing red Cards [Cardinals] cap, yellow socks, w/another male suspect walking towards QT [QuikTrip] at this time.Based on this time, I estimate that Policeman McDonald completed his drive around the McDonald's restaurant and then came into the Market at about 11:57.
I summarize the sequence of events as follows (1:45 is subtracted from the Market's video clock, to match the police dispatch clock):
11:52:15 -- Brown and Johnson exit the Market while the female clerk already is talking by phone with the 911 dispatcher.
11: 52:29 -- The male clerk exits the Market and watches Brown and Johnson walking out of the parking lot, toward the McDonald's.
11:52:30 -- The dispatcher broadcasts the stealing-in-progress report (Track 349). The male clerk yells to Brown and Johnson that the police are being called. The clerk hopes that Brown and Johnson still might return to the store to give back or to pay for the cigarillos.
11:52:43 -- The white Monte Carlo begins to drive out of the Market's parking lot.
11:52:45 -- Brown and Johnson cross the Avenue and reach a point across from the McDonald's restaurant. They continue walking north.
11:52:47 -- The male clerk stops watching and goes back into the store, where he informs the female clerk, who informs the 911 dispatcher, that Brown and Johnson are on the street's far side, walking north toward the QuikTrip store.
11:52:53 -- The 911 dispatcher types a note -- "white shirt b/m qt box cigars" [black male wearing a white shirt and carrying a box of cigars walking toward QuickTrip].
11:53:00 -- The white Monte Carlo turns north from Ferguson Avenue onto West Florissant Avenue.
11:53:15 -- The white Monte Carlo passes Brown and Johnson as they are walking north. Perhaps the driver paused to talk with Brown and Johnson.
11:53:54 -- Policeman McDonald responds that he would accept the dispatch and that he is enroute immediately toward the Market.
11:54:51 -- Policeman McDonald reports to the dispatcher that he has arrived at the Market. The dispatcher responds that the suspect is a Black male in a white t-shirt who is carrying a box of cigars and running toward the QuikTrip (Track 350).
11:55:00 -- Policeman McDonald turns north onto West Florissant Avenue.
11:55:06 -- Policeman McDonald tells the dispatcher that he does not see anybody in a white T-shirt to the north.
11:55:59 -- Brown and Johnson, walking, reach the corner and turn east onto Canfield Drive.
11:57:00 -- Policeman McDonald, having looked north and then having circled around the McDonald's restaurant, enters the Market to question the witnesses.
11:57:47 -- Having interviewed the two clerks, Policeman McDonald tells the dispatcher new details about Brown (cap, socks, another male).