Police shooting of Black man in North Carolina an 'execution,' say lawyers

NC City Declares State of Emergency Prior to Bodycam Video Release of Andrew Brown Jr. Shooting

NC City Declares State of Emergency Prior to Bodycam Video Release of Andrew Brown Jr. Shooting

Lawyers for the family said Brown had his hands on the steering wheel of his auto and was complying with police orders when he was gunned down, leaving a trail of shell casings in the driveway at his home in Elizabeth City.

"They're shooting and saying "Let me see your hands" at the same time", she said. She said officials allowed them to view just 20 seconds of video of the incident.

"They're trying to hide something", attorney Benjamin Crump said.

The shooting last Wednesday, a day after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd after a highly publicized trial, has led to small, peaceful protests in Elizabeth City, a riverfront community of about 18,000 residents, half of whom are African Americans.

Civil Right attorney and political commentator Bakari Sellers said, "One body cam, 20 seconds, an execution".

Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II said previously that multiple deputies fired shots during the incident.

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Seven deputies have since been placed on administrative leave and three of them resigned.

"WAVY also obtained the search warrant in the case on Monday, which says authorities had been watching Brown for more than a year for alleged drug activity". Crump argued the authorities were trying to release negative information about Brown while shielding themselves by holding back the video. It said that an investigator in nearby Dare County was told by the informant that the person had been purchasing crack cocaine and other drugs from Brown for over a year. The warrant said both drug transactions were recorded using audio and video equipment. 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.

Calls have been growing to release the body camera footage, which a judge must authorize in North Carolina.

Officials in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, declared a state of emergency before the release of bodycam footage of the recent law enforcement-involved shooting of Andrew Brown Jr.

CNN reported on Monday that a state of emergency was instituted because Brown's family is set to receive the footage, and its public release is likely to follow.

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