Andrew Brown Jr.'s family says police 'executed' him, then only showed a 20-second video clip

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Lawyers and a family member for Andrew Brown Jr. repeatedly referred to his death in North Carolina as an “execution’’ Monday while complaining they were only allowed to watch 20 seconds of body-camera video of his fatal encounter with law enforcement.

The mayor of Elizabeth City, the site of protests following the latest high-profile killing of a Black man by police, declared a state of emergency that will extend at least into Tuesday. The emergency status will continue “until deemed no longer necessary to protect our citizens,” the declaration stated.

Authorities worked to redact the footage before allowing the family and lawyers to view it.

“We do not feel that we got transparency,'' Benjamin Crump, one of the lawyers representing the family, said at a new conference. "We only saw a snippet of the video. ... And they determined what was pertinent. Why couldn’t the family see all of the video? They only showed one body-cam video, even though we know there were several.’’

Brown, 42, was shot and killed by Pasquotank County sheriff's deputies serving drug-related search and arrest warrants in Elizabeth City last week.

Protesters have demanded the video to be released publicly.

"There may potentially be a period of civil unrest within the city following the public release of that footage,” Mayor Bettie Parker acknowledged in the emergency declaration.

Monday's developments may further stoke the furor about Brown's death Wednesday, a day after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder in last May's killing of George Floyd, which sparked nationwide protests against racial inequality and police brutality.

Henry Daniels, also representing the Brown family, said Brown was shot in the back of the head. Attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter watched the 20-second clip with Brown's relatives and said he kept his hands on the steering wheel and did not appear to be a threat to officers, who fired as he backed his vehicle out and tried to drive away.

Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten has said that multiple deputies fired shots. Seven deputies are on leave pending a probe by the State Bureau of Investigation.

Henry Daniels, also representing the Brown family, said Brown was shot in the back of the head. Attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter watched the 20-second clip with Brown's relatives and said he kept his hands on the steering wheel and did not appear to be a threat to officers, who fired as he backed his vehicle out and tried to drive away.

Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten has said that multiple deputies fired shots. Seven deputies are on leave pending a probe by the State Bureau of Investigation.

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