In Pasquotank County, North Carolina, county officials say they will show the family of Andrew Brown Jr body-cam footage at 3 PM Tuesday. The family will be able to view more than 18 minutes out of nearly 2 hours of bodycam footage.
What the family will see?
It is unclear what actual footage the family will see, but on April 21, Andrew Brown Jr. was executed by the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office when deputies went to his home to serve a warrant for his arrest and a search warrant for his property. Upon arrival, Brown was shot in the arm, and when he tried to put his car in reverse to get away, he was shot in the head.
The video is believed to show Brown allegedly hitting officers and them executing him.
Recently, District Attorney Andrew Womble said that Brown’s car made “contact” with officers before they started shooting, but in a 20-second clip showed to the family and one of their attorneys, Chantel Cherry-Lassiter, Brown was driving away with his hands on the steering wheel when he was executed.
Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said the attorneys for Brown’s family wanted to see the video Tuesday and he arranged for that to happen.
In a statement Friday, Sheriff Wooten said:
Because we’re continuing to be as transparent as we can under state law, we will be allowing the family members identified in the judge’s order to view the specified videos much sooner than the judge’s deadline requires, the sheriff’s office said.
Judge Jeffery Foster, who ruled on the public’s release of the video by the media, said he would not allow the footage to publicly be released because it could jeopardize the ongoing investigation into Brown’s death or threaten the safety of people seen in the footage.
Foster said the video must remain out of public view for at least 30 days, but he would consider releasing it after that point if investigations are complete.
The family will hold a press conference after they view today’s bodycam footage.
The North Carolina Beat will bring you all of the live coverage.