Andrew Brown Jr.’s family: Police bodycam footage shows ‘execution’
Apr 27 2021
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"If we don't have transparency we can never get to accountability", said Ben Crump, a civil rights lawyer and attorney for the Brown family. "We only saw a snippet of the video". Crump wondered aloud. "Just show the video".
Danielle McCalla, who grew up in Elizabeth City before recently moving to Virginia, joined demonstrators who came to watch the news conference by the family attorneys. The protest was sparked by the police killing of Andrew Brown Jr. on April 21.
As previously reported, deputies shot and killed him while attempting to issue an arrest warrant in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on Wednesday.
Here is Lassiter's explanation of the body cam footage.
"City officials realize there may potentially be a period of civil unrest within the city following the public release of that footage", Parker said in a statement.
Henry Daniels, also representing the Brown family, said Brown was shot in the back of the head.
Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II has said that multiple deputies fired shots.
Wooten's office said on Friday that seven sheriff's deputies were placed on administrative leave after the shooting, and that three additional deputies had resigned, though the resignations were not related to the shooting. He said, "My dad got executed just by trying to save his own life". "The officers were not in no harm of him at all".
She said that at least eight officers were seen in the footage.
The lawyers said they wanted the raw video, not a redacted version. Cox said state law allowed officials to blur faces if needed to protect an active internal investigation, and the process took time. He asked for patience while the State Bureau of Investigation probes the case.
Cherry-Lassiter said the video shows Brown in his auto in his driveway with his hands on the steering wheel as police were shooting at him.
Earlier Monday, a search warrant was released saying deputies obtained the warrant that brought them there after investigators recorded him selling small amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine to an informant.
Public release of the video, demanded by advocacy groups, requires court approval. "Justice, when done right, takes time". He criticized Cox and police for showing only 20 seconds of the video.
"That is my understanding, but the time has not been confirmed or denied", Freeman said. Sellers also claimed Cox used profanity during a meeting with attorneys and members of Brown's family.
Why did police fatally shoot Andrew Brown Jr.?
The footage has not been released to the public, despite calls to do so from local and state officials - including Gov. Roy Cooper.
The shooting has rattled Elizabeth City, a riverfront community of about 18,000 residents, half of whom are African Americans.