Protesters in Elizabeth City, N.C., took to the streets for the eighth straight night on Wednesday to voice their frustrations after a judge ruled earlier that the body camera footage showing deputies shooting and killing a Black man does not need to immediately be released.
The Brown family's lawyers have denounced his killing as an "execution", saying sheriff's deputies continued firing their weapons at him after Andrew Brown Jr. drove his vehicle away from them. He allegedly made contact with law enforcement personnel as the vehicle lunged.
Brown's death led to six nights of protests in Elizabeth City and came one day after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd in a trial that put a spotlight on police violence against Black people.
Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said in a videotaped statement last week that his deputies were trying to serve Brown with search and arrest warrants stemming from a felony drug charge and that the incident was over in fewer than 30 seconds.
Preliminary results of the autopsy, which was commissioned by the family, found Brown had five penetrating bullet wounds: four, which were to his right arm, were considered "glancing" and not fatal; the fifth, to the back of the head, was lethal.
Brown had a "history of resisting arrest", Fogg said.
The state's autopsy has not been released yet. The state's autopsy has not been released yet.
Lawyers for the family of a black man gunned down by sheriff's deputies last week said a private autopsy showed he died from a gunshot to the head. The certificate, signed by a paramedic services instructor who serves as a local medical examiner, describes the death as a homicide. Family members had previously been allowed to view only a 20-second clip from a single body camera. "This autopsy report shows me that was correct", he said Tuesday at a news conference. She said he did not try to back away until after deputies ran up to his auto and began shooting, and he did not pose a threat to deputies, explaining: "He finally decides to try to get away and he backs out, not toward officers at all". Seven deputies have been placed on administrative leave since the shooting, Law Officer reported. "It was obvious he was trying to get away", Ferebee said.
He has urged the public to reserve judgment until all evidence is reviewed by the State Bureau of Investigation, which opened an inquiry on the shooting at Sheriff Wooten's request. According to lawyers for Brown's family, two of those deputies have since resigned and one has retired.
However, under state law, the district attorney would have to agree to let another prosecutor step in.
Tadych said later in an email that he and his colleagues will decide the best route for an appeal once they receive the judge's written order.
Womble, who oversees Pasquotank County, issued a statement Tuesday noting that state law gives him the power to decide on prosecuting crimes in his district and he stands "ready willing and able to fulfill my statutory obligations".
Democratic state lawmakers are pushing for passage of legislation to require release of body-cam and dashboard-cam footage within 48 hours if someone requests it, unless a law enforcement agency obtains a court order to restrict access.
A court hearing was scheduled for Wednesday on whether the body-cam footage can be disclosed to media organisations.
Foster also ruled the videos be censored prior to release, so as to hide the identity of officers involved in the incident. In similar cases, it has sometimes taken weeks for the full legal process to play out.