Dramatic video released of robbery that sparked racial protest

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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WFAA

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Updated Friday, May 18 at 5:29 PM

DALLAS - Surveillance video from a deadly robbery that led to racial protests in South Dallas, obtained by The Dallas Morning News, was released Thursday.

In 2010, a convenience store clerk chased a would-be robber from his store, shot and killed him.

African American community activists accused the store owner, who is Korean, of insulting black customers and demanded the Korean-owned store be closed.

Marcus Phillips grabbed the cash register at the Diamond Shamrock Kwik Stop on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

We can see in the dramatic video, the store clerk quickly grabs a gun under the counter, and ordered Phillips on the ground 26 times.

Phillips runs from the store and the clerk chases him, before ultimately shooting him dead outside the store, which happens off camera.

A witness said it was self defense, but members of the local NAACP and Nation of Islam called it proof the store disrespected black customers. They started protesting last December in an effort to shut the store.

In March, community leaders reached an agreement for both sides to learn more about each other’s culture.

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