Body-Cam footage shows North Carolina authorities ‘executing’ Andrew Brown, lawyers say

Andrew Brown Jr., the black man was killed last week by North Carolina sheriff’s deputies serving a search warrant at his home, had his hands on the wheel when authorities opened fire on his car Last Wednesday, his family’s legal team said.

The Brown family and their attorneys criticized Pasquotank County authorities for only letting them see 20 seconds of body footage from the murderous encounter, even though at least eight officers were at the scene. Chanel Lassiter, one of the family’s attorneys, offered a detailed account of the footage, which has yet to be released, saying it shows her hands never left the wheel.

The sequence begins with several officers shooting her car with rifles and semi-automatic pistols, some shouting, “Stop, motherfucker,” she said. At one point, the 42-year-old backs out of his driveway to “ being shot,” then crashes into a tree as authorities to shoot him, Lassiter said, calling it “a execution”.

“My dad was executed just trying to save his own life,” Khalil Brown said at the press conference after viewing the body footage with his family. “My father was executed. It is not fair. It’s like we’re against all the dogs in this world.

Brown’s family arrived at the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Department on Monday morning to view the footage, but could not view it for several hours as authorities were still doing redactions.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump lambasted county officials, saying they were initially told only two parents could see the video – and without their lawyers present. Bakari Sellers, another lawyer, added that during a controversial debate over the footage, Pasquotank County District Attorney Michael Cox said he was not going to be “fucking intimidating.”

“We don’t feel like we’ve gotten transparency,” Crump said, adding that the video shown to the family was “just a code snippet.” “We know the video started before and after what they showed the family. And they determined what was relevant. Why wouldn’t the family see the whole video? They only showed one body video, although we know there were multiple body videos. ”

Brown’s family plan to go to court on Wednesday to demand the release of more body videos. They also want all the officers involved to be fired and charged. The family will release the findings of an independent autopsy report on Tuesday.

Cox said in a statement Monday that since gaining approval on Sunday night to show the Brown family the footage, his office immediately got to work “blurring some faces on the video and this process is taking some time. time”. He added that the redactions comply with state law to protect an “active internal investigation” and that the authorities “ to seek transparency in the law and their efforts to obtain a court order that would allow the video to be broadcast to the Public. ”

Wednesday’s shooting prompted hundreds of North Carolina residents to take to the streets in outrage – just hours after a jury found former officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd. Ahead of the release of the body camera footage, Elizabeth City Mayor Bettie Parker declared a state of emergency that will indefinitely during what authorities say could be a ‘time of civil unrest’ . The order means that all city offices and local schools are closed at least until the end of the week.

There have been days of legal hurdles put in place by state, city and local law authorities to make the images public. Under North Carolina law, body camera images cannot be released unless ordered by the court, as they are not considered public records. At an emergency Elizabeth City Council meeting on Friday, officials voted unanimously to ask Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten to release the body camera video.

“If the shooting and murder was in self-defense or a good use of force, then show the truth,” Rev. William J. Barber II said at a press briefing on Saturday. “If it wasn’t, show the truth. But Sheriff, DA, Law , you can’t shut up. You have to talk.

Brown’s death marks the in a series of police shootings involving black residents across the United States Last Tuesday, a Columbus, Ohio, police officer shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’khia Bryant after he seemed to have thrown at someone with a knife. during a fight in front of his house. The shocking incident, which was captured on police corps cameras, came minutes before Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd.

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