Elizabeth City under State of Emergency fearing ‘civil unrest’ over release of body cam footage showing Andrew Brown Jr.’s death


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The family of Andrew Brown Jr., the man shot and killed by law enforcement last week in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, spoke after watching body camera footage of the incident, after attorneys say law enforcement wanted to add redactions to the video.

The family was set to see the video at 11:30 a.m. Monday. That was delayed until 1:30 p.m., and delayed again. The family was expected to speak right after. You can watch live coverage above.

Elizabeth City is under a State of Emergency that went into effect at 8 a.m. Monday and will remain in effect until the city lifts it.

During the media briefing, Brown’s family say they were only permitted to view a short portion, 20 seconds, of the body camera footage.

The family was able to watch the video 10 to 20 times.

According to the family, the video described Brown in the driveway and a sheriff’s truck blocking the driveway. His hands were on the steering wheel and deputies ran up to the vehicle.

The family say Brown was trying to drive away from being shot.

Attorney for the family say they lost count on how many shots were fired in the 20 seconds that was shown to the family. They added that shots were already being fired when the video started.

They stated that they were able to see the body camera that was the furthest way from the incident.

The attorney for the family say they will provide another media briefing at 11 a.m. Tuesday regarding their independent findings after the release of the body camera footage.

Pasquotank County officials will once again go on Wednesday to release more footage.

Seven deputies are on administrative leave following Wednesday’s shooting of Brown Jr. Another three deputies have resigned since Wednesday, WAVY’s Jason Marks reports.

The sheriff the bodycam video could be released in the next couple days. The release of the body camera footage requires a court order under North Carolina law.

The Elizabeth City Council held an emergency meeting starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The City Council voted unanimously during the meeting to petition the Pasquotank County sheriff to release the body camera video. If the request is denied, the city attorney is directed to go to a superior court to request an order for release.

Recordings of scanner traffic compiled by broadcastify.com from the morning of the shooting include emergency personnel indicating that Brown was shot in the back. An eyewitness has said that deputies fired shots at Brown as he tried to drive away, and a car authorities removed from the scene appeared to have multiple bullet holes and its back windshield shattered.

“We are responding. Law enforcement on scene advises shots fired, need EMS,” says one woman, who refers to the address where the warrant was served.

“EMS has got one male 42 years of age, gunshot to the back. We do have viable pulse at this time,” said a male voice. Someone then said that first responders were performing resuscitation efforts.

The sheriff, district attorney and state medical examiner didn’t immediately respond to emails Friday asking for comment on the scanner traffic. The SBI declined to comment.

On Friday night, Wooten, the Pasquotank sheriff, also held a Facebook live press conference. He was joined by local faith leaders, who expressed support that the sheriff will ensure justice comes out of the situation.

The sheriff reiterated that if it’s determined his deputies broke the law or policies, they will be held accountable.

Gov. Roy Cooper called the events surrounding Brown’s death “tragic and extremely concerning.” As a result, Cooper is asking for more transparency surrounding the shooting.

“Initial reports of the shooting in Elizabeth City and death of Andrew Brown, Jr. this week are tragic and extremely concerning. The body camera footage should be made public as quickly as possible and the SBI should investigate thoroughly to ensure accountability,” Cooper said in a tweet Friday evening.

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