Police 'executed' Black man in North Carolina shooting, lawyers say

Wayne Kendall, and Benjamin Crump attorneys for the family of Andrew Brown Jr. detail the results of the independent autopsy on Tuesday

Wayne Kendall, and Benjamin Crump attorneys for the family of Andrew Brown Jr. detail the results of the independent autopsy on Tuesday

Andrew Brown Jr. died from a fatal gunshot to the back of head, his relatives and family attorneys said Tuesday, citing the results of an independent autopsy.

Attorneys and family of Brown said they were only allowed to see a 20-second snippet of body cam footage of the man's death.

The announcement came a day after family members were allowed to view what they described as a 20-second clip from one police body camera of the unarmed Brown being shot to death with his hands on the steering wheel of his vehicle outside his home in Elizabeth City.

"Yesterday, I said he was executed", Brown's son, Khalil Ferebee, said before a crowd of more than 100 people at the news conference Tuesday. "It ain't right. It ain't right at all".

The private autopsy found that Brown was shot four times in the right arm and once in the back of the head. He was not reaching for anything.

"He had his hands firmly on the steering wheel. He was trying to run because he was scared for his life", said Harry Daniels, attorney for the family. "They only tell part of the story", Wooten said in a video posted on social media on Monday along with Fogg. Shell casings were flying in the video before his vehicle moved, Cherry-Lassiter said. McCalla, 30, said she met Brown and had several conversations with him, making her sad about what's happening in her hometown and about police shootings elsewhere. "So they were shooting at him when he was sitting there with his hands on the steering wheel in the driveway".

"You all know from the death certificate that it was a 'penetrating gunshot wound to the head.' But what they did not know was that it was a kill shot to the back of the head", attorney Ben Crump said.

The body camera footage from the fatal shootings has not yet been made public.

"They released a warrant saying all kinds of things about Andrew Brown, but they want to redact the face of police officers that killed Andrew Brown?" said Benjamin Crump, another attorney representing the family. The police killed Andrew Brown. The fatal shot was sacked from "intermediate" range, the autopsy report said.

Wooten has said his office is seeking court approval necessary to release the video.

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The video released Tuesday, which was captured by Elizabeth City cameras and first published by NBC affiliate WAVY, shows what appears to be deputies in helmets and tactical gear in the back of a pickup marked "sheriff" arriving at the home last week. "They were going to show the whole video, then decided at the last minute they were going to redact it".

According to the search warrant obtained by ABC News, sheriff's investigators wanted to search Brown's home for crack cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.

Seven sheriff's deputies involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave, Mr Wooten's office said last week.

Scores of demonstrators gathered peacefully on Tuesday evening at a downtown intersection near the sheriff's office as the curfew neared.

The shooting occurred in a residential neighborhood in Elizabeth City, which is about 35 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia.

"I, Mayor Bettie J. Parker, Mayor of the City of Elizabeth City, North Carolina do hereby proclaim a "STATE OF EMERGENCY" in Elizabeth City, North Carolina".

Brown was shot by deputies who were attempting to serve an arrest warrant for felony drug charges Wednesday, according to the video statement.

Co-counsel Wayne Kendall said the first four gunshots that struck Brown, all in his right arm, were fired through his front windshield, prompting him to throw the vehicle into reverse, turn the auto around and "spin off across a vacant lot".

Gov. Roy Cooper has said Brown's death was "tragic and extremely concerning", and he has called for a state investigation "to ensure accountability".

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