Judge denies requests for video in North Carolina shooting

Andrew Brown Jr. was shot in the back of his head his family's attorneys said Tuesday citing an independent autopsy. Here Glenda Brown Thomas displays

District Attorney Andrew Womble told a judge at a hearing Wednesday that he viewed body camera video and disagreed with a characterization by attorneys for Brown's family that his auto was stationary when the shooting started. He said they only saw part of the video and claimed that officials wanted to have two of Brown's family members with no legal counsel present at first. Attorneys for the Brown family said a court hearing was scheduled for Wednesday on whether the body cam footage could be disclosed to media organizations. They added that Brown later backed his auto up to avoid gunshots, not to target officers.

"An innocent man was killed by law enforcement". "It is then and only then that you hear shots".

Protestors gather outside the Pasquotank County Sheriffs Office to call for the release of the body cam footage of the police killing of Andrew Brown Jr.

Brown's relatives said they want to see the entire footage from the time of the shooting - and numerous political leaders and media outlets are calling for the video recordings to be released publicly. The judge said he planned to issue a decision Wednesday after a short recess.

42-year-old Andrew Brown Jr. was fatally shot by Pasquotank County sheriff's deputies while they were attempting to serve a warrant at Brown's home on Wednesday, April 21, while Brown was sitting in the driver's seat of his auto in his driveway.

Lawyers for the family of Andrew Brown Jr, a Black man killed by law enforcement last week in North Carolina, said an independent autopsy showed he died from a "kill shot" to the back of his head, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday opened a civil rights probe of the shooting.

A protester carries a Black Lives Matter flag shortly before the start of a dawn to dusk curfew following the killing of Andrew Brown Jr.by sheriffs last week, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, U.S. April 27, 2021. The state's autopsy has not been released yet.

The death certificate indicated Brown died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to CNN.

Womble disputed the accounts of attorneys for Brown's family - who have called Brown's death an "execution".

Brown was shot last Wednesday by deputies serving drug-related search and arrest warrants at his house in the North Carolina town of Elizabeth City, about 160 miles northeast of Raleigh. "This autopsy report shows me that's correct".

One of the Brown family lawyers, Chantel Cherry-Lassiter, who viewed the 20-second video, said Monday that shots were heard from the instant the clip started with Brown's vehicle in his driveway and his hands on the steering wheel.

Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble disputed an account given by an attorney for Brown's family who viewed the short video on Monday and told reporters during a news conference that Brown was sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle that was stationary when sheriff's deputies arrived and immediately opened fire on him.

"He finally decides to try to get away and he backs out, not toward officers at all", she told reporters Monday.

They urged the public on Monday to hold off judgment until all the evidence is weighed. He said state law allowed officials to blur faces if needed to protect an active internal investigation, and the process took time.

"This would help assure the community and Mr".

The autopsy was conducted by Dr. Brent Hall, Crump said. However, under state law, the district attorney would have to agree to let another prosecutor step in. He said he has offered assistance to the local prosecutor, but has only received an acknowledgment.

Womble argued that the video from the shooting should be kept from the public so that state investigators can make progress on their probe of the shooting.

In a video statement, the sheriff said Monday that Cox had filed a request to have the video released, which in North Carolina must be authorized by a judge.



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