The mayor of Elizabeth City declared a state of emergency on Monday because North Carolina officials worked to recreate body camera footage of Andrew Brown Jr.’s fatal shot before allowing the black man’s family and lawyers to see it.
The lawyers said at a press conference that the family and their representatives were planning to watch the video at Pascotank County Sheriff’s Office and wanted the video to be released immediately.
Mayor Betty Parker said in an urgent announcement that city officials realized that there may be unrest in the city recently after the footage was made public.
Attorney Harry Daniels said the family was told they could watch the video until 11:30 on Monday, the video was resized and would not be available until the next day. Lawyers say they want the raw video, not a revised version.
What’s so bad with this video? The lawyer asked Ben Krump.
Brown, the father of seven, was shot dead Wednesday by lawmakers working on the Elizabeth City arrest warrant. Despite being heard in the voice of the first respondent post, several details of the footage were revealed, “Suggest that one of the 42-year-old men in the emergency room was shot from the back.
Sheriff Tommy Watten said that Brown was shot and killed by lawmakers while issuing a search and arrest warrant for the drug. He said investigating officers used information from an informant, including drug purchase records, according to court documents released Monday.
Court approval is required for the public broadcast of the video claimed by the advocacy group. Waten said he would seek this confirmation unless he provided assurances from the Provincial Investigation Bureau that the evacuation would not endanger the investigation.
Hearing a call to resign, Waten supported the head of the county commission on Sunday. President Lloyd Griffin urged the community to be patient as the shooting investigation continues.
Griffin said that the collection of interviews and interviews could result in future legal litigation after the accident damaged justice and took time when done correctly.
Griffin said it took three weeks for the legal release of body footage of a shoot involving two years of police in Charlotte. Griffin said he hoped it wouldn’t take long at this time, but said state laws must be followed.
Griffin said the commissioners support Sheriff Wooten, who tries to ensure public safety in our county and also responds to the needs of the Brown family and those concerned about the shooting. It is easy to criticize and difficult to manage.
Seven MPs have been on paid administrative leave since the incident. Daniels said lawmakers shot Brown in the back while trying to escape. On Wednesday, former Minneapolis police officer Chauvin died the day after he was found guilty of murdering George Floyd, whose death was videotaped and initiated a wave of national protest against racist police.
Daniels told NBC News that the family is ready to see footage of this body cam. Nothing is guaranteed.
Governor Roy Cooper spoke of the footage and asked for the video to be released as soon as possible.
Located 60 miles south of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Elizabeth City Hall has county seats and a population of less than 18,000, about half of which are black.