Short of releasing it publicly, state law allows law enforcement to show body camera video privately to a victim's family.
"He was not threatening them in any kind of fashion", she told reporters at a news conference.
"Twenty seconds is not transparency when you've got multiple officers gunning down a man with his hands on a steering wheel trying to get away", said Harry Daniels, an attorney for the family. She said she took three pages of notes off 20 second of video. She said she counted as many as eight deputies in the video, some wearing tactical uniforms and some in plainclothes.
Attorney Lassiter said, "Let's be clear this was an execution", as she began explaining the video they saw. They criticized authorities for sharing only 20 seconds of video from a single body camera.
"If we don't have transparency we can never get to accountability", said Ben Crump, a civil rights lawyer and attorney for the Brown family.
"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.
42, was fatally shot by Pasquotank County sheriff's deputies in Elizabeth City on Wednesday when they attempted to serve him with an arrest warrant, the sheriff's office said. Signs including emergency scanner traffic and an eyewitness account had already indicated Brown was shot in the back as he was trying to drive away. "Brown also has two pending drug cases in court", the outlet concluded.
Wooten said over the weekend that he wanted to make sure the footage's release did not compromise the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation's current probe into the shooting.
In her declaration on Monday, Parker said she made a decision to issue the alert in order to ensure the safety of the city's citizens and their property as "city officials realize there may potentially be a period of civil unrest within the city following the public release of that footage".
Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools will operate on a full remote schedule for all students and staff through Friday "due to the continuously evolving state of civil unrest in our local community and under the advisement of our local law enforcement partners".
Danielle McCalla, who grew up in Elizabeth City before recently moving to Virginia, joined demonstrators who came to watch the news conference by the family attorneys. 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.