You know, it's absolutely true. Outlets like FOX and Breitbart (ugh) are reporting that Brown had performed a strongarm robbery and walked out of the store with a box of Swisher Sweets. Ten minutes later, he was fatally shot by an officer who was apparently not aware of the robbery, but had been called because Brown and his friend (who has confirmed the robbery) were literally walking down the street. Brown was allegedly shot when he stuck his head in the police car.
And whatever you do, don't read the comments on Breitbart unless you have a strong stomach for racist bullshit.
The thing is, it's literally the officer's word against....well, the friend, because the suspect is dead. They would have captured it on dashcam if they had installed the still-boxed dashcams. So we have no freaking clue if Brown was the "gentle giant" that some media has reported, or the brutish thug that other outlets have already painted him to be.
And all this ignores a whole slew of socioeconomic factors that lead up to events like these, or why the town of Ferguson was such a powderkeg, and who thought it was a good idea to have a show of force like that in response?
Having grown up in a predominantly white small town that nevertheless had a fairly high poverty rate, I "get" part of what leads a guy to rob somebody over a box of cigars. And having heard the white side of racism all my life, I guess I do better than a lot of white folks. But only part of it.