ELIZABETH CITY, NC (WAVY) – Andrew Brown Jr.’s family members saw more of the body camera video from the raid in which he was killed by law enforcement on Tuesday.
On April 21, Pasquotank County MPs shot him dead while serving a drug charge arrest warrant. Since then, there have been daily protests in Elizabeth City calling for the video to be released.
Attorney Ben Crump, Harry Daniels and Bakari Sellers held a press conference after the family saw more of the footage.
Watch the full press conference below
During the press conference after the family saw footage of the robbery, lawyers said they could watch six videos, one dashcam video, and five videos from body cameras.
Lawyers said the video showed Brown sitting in his vehicle. They said his hands were visible and he may have been on the phone. A shot was fired and the vehicle was moved a few feet backwards by the MPs.
The attorneys alleged Brown turned the wheel away from MPs but never contacted officials, despite the fact that the prosecutor previously said in court that Brown attempted to beat MPs.
Brown then went in the opposite direction, followed by a second shot. He tried to drive away. The lawyers said they had trouble counting the shots.
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With the final shot, lawyers said Brown lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree. There were six bullet holes on the side of the vehicle, one on the windshield and several in the back.
No weapons were found. The MPs laid Brown’s body face first on the floor. He had a bullet hole in the back of his head.
The demonstrators also took to the streets again on Tuesday after the family’s press conference.
Elizabeth City Police warned the public of delays and road closures on Road Street, Ehringhaus Street, Halstead Boulevard, Water Street and Elizabeth Street.
The protesters walked at least four miles for several hours.
They finished by 8:30 p.m. and said they would be back outside every day until the footage of the incident is publicly released.
“You treated him like an animal. You don’t treat a human like an animal, you know what I’m saying, we are human, you don’t. We just have to pray and see what happens every day to see what kind of justice we will get, ”said one protester, Marie Franz Gibbs-Mullen.
The process for the family to watch bodycam videos
Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II met the Brown family at the door of the sheriff’s office on Tuesday before viewing the footage.
A judge The public viewing of the video was delayed for at least 30 days, but I ordered the sheriff’s office to show Brown’s family more videos.
Although there was about two hours of footage from multiple cameras, the judge said the family could only see part of it because the rest was “not suitable for disclosure”. There are also some restrictions the judge placed on the video Brown’s family could see: the MPs’ faces were blurry, and the family and their attorney were not allowed to record the video.
Before viewing the footage on Tuesday, Brown’s family had only seen about 20 seconds of video of the incident that led to his death. His family said he was executed and independent An autopsy revealed that he was killed when a proxy shot him in the back of the head.
Later, around 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, Wooten and Chief Deputy Daniel Fogg posted a 1-minute and 23-second video on the sheriff’s Facebook page.
In the video, the two Browns families offered their condolences. They also explained what the family saw in the video, including MPs attempting to offer assistance to Brown after he was shot.
“I was hoping that we could publish the video publicly so that everyone could see for themselves what happened,” said Wooten.
Fogg said the sheriff’s office will continue to be transparent as the law allows.
Wooten also thanked the residents of the county for demonstrating to the rest of the country how to protest peacefully.
The family lawyers on Monday announced they want Elizabeth City Attorney Andrew Womble removed from the case due to a conflict of interest.
Wooten, the sheriff has already published the names of the seven MPs involvedand three are still on administrative leave. Wooten urged MPs to move temporarily after receiving threats.
Now the sheriff and district executives want state laws to change to make the posting of body camera videos more transparent. A bill in the North Carolina Senate, Senate Bill 300, includes a change that would allow a family to view unedited footage from body cameras within five working days of a serious police incident resulting in death or serious injury.