After North Carolina authorities edited the bodycam footage of Andrew Brown Jr’s fatal shooting, they showed the video to his family, who were only permitted to see a 20-second clip.
On Monday (April 26), Brown Jr.’s family complained about the short video and called the fatal shooting an “execution” as they stood alongside Benjamin Crump at a news conference.
“We do not feel that we got transparency,’’ said Crump, one of the lawyers representing the family. “We only saw a snippet of the video. … And they determined what was pertinent. Why couldn’t family see all of the video? They only showed only one body-cam video, even though we knew there were several.’’
According to the Associated Press, Brown’s relatives were slated to see the video at 11:30 a.m. on Monday (April 26). An hour before, they were told that the time would be pushed back because authorities were redacting images despite lawyers’ desire to see the raw video instead. Per County Attorney R. Michael Cox, the move is in accordance with a state law that allows the blurring of faces during an active investigation.
Brown was killed on Wednesday (April 21) by deputies who were executing a search warrant related to a drug investigation. Witnesses say the 42-year-old was driving away from deputies when they opened fire on his car, fatally shooting him.
After watching the 20-second footage, Henry Daniels, also representing the Brown family, said he was shot in the back of the head. Attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter added that Brown was not a threat to cops as he kept his hands on the steering wheel as he attempted to flee.
“My dad got executed just by trying to save his own life,’’ said Khalil Ferebee, Brown’s son. “Those officers were in no harm of him at all.’’
Protesters want the footage of Brown’s shooting to be released to the public. In preparation for the civil unrest that may follow, Mayor Bettie Parker declared a state of emergency in Elizabeth City, North Carolina,
“There may potentially be a period of civil unrest within the city following the public release of that footage,” Parker said on Monday (April 26).
Brown’s family is expected to release findings from an independent autopsy report tomorrow morning (April 27).