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NC Man was unarmed when the MP shot him during the search warrant: lawyer
FacebookAndrew Brown Jr., the North Carolina man who was shot dead Wednesday by a deputy sheriff’s executing a search warrant on his home, was unarmed and fled the scene when he was shot, a family lawyer said. “As far as I understand, there are recordings of this incident from body cameras that have not yet been published. There is a lot of speculation – we ask for answers, accountability and transparency, “Harry Daniels, the Brown family’s attorney, said during a news conference Thursday that eyewitness reports of the” unlawful, unjustified killing “confirmed that Brown fled the scene a car and was unarmed. Now the Brown family is calling for the immediate release of the body camera footage of the incident that caused hundreds of North Carolina residents to take to the streets in indignation for the past two nights. Protesters gathered at the intersection where Brown was killed before marching downtown on Thursday. They ask the sheriff to meet them at the courthouse tonight so he can give the Elizabeth City Ward face-to-face details of Andrew Brown’s death. Pic.twitter.com/nzflRRlOlM – Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) April 22, 2021 The Pasquotank County’s Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that Brown, a 42-year-old black man, was shot dead around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, while MPs issued a search and arrest warrant on the 400 block of Perry Street in Elizabeth City for a crime of drug charges. During a brief video statement Thursday, Pasquotank’s deputy chief Daniel Fogg said the warrant’s operation had been classified as “high risk” because Brown was a convicted criminal who had a history of resisting arrest. Court records show that Brown has had criminal charges since the 1990s, including a drug abuse conviction for misdemeanor and at least two pending drug abuse charges. Because of this, Fogg said MPs were accompanied by their local version of a SWAT team and other agencies supported them. Brown’s neighbor, Demetria Williams, told the Associated Press that after hearing gunshots outside, she ran out to see a MP who fired multiple times. She said the car Brown was driving then slipped into a tree. “When they opened the door, he was already dead,” said Williams. “He was slumped.” Williams said MPs were trying to compress Brown on chest. Authorities later removed a car with a broken rear window and multiple bullet holes from the scene, the AP reported. The officers involved have all been taken on administrative leave “until we know all the facts,” said Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten in the prepared statement. “I’m not going to anticipate or draw any conclusions until we have all the facts,” added Wooten. “I will say if the evidence shows that one of my proxies has broken the law or the guidelines, they will be held accountable because citizens expect me to do so and it is the right thing to do.” Brown’s death marks the latest in a string of police shootings involving black residents in the United States. On Tuesday evening, a Columbus, Ohio police officer shot dead 16-year-old Ma’khia Bryant after she apparently assaulted someone with a knife during a fight. The shocking incident, captured on police cameras, happened just minutes before former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd’s suburban Minneapolis policeman at Brooklyn Center fatally shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright, a black man who apparently accidentally fired her service weapon instead of a taser during the traffic obstruction However, requesting body camera footage in Brown’s death might not be that simple. On Thursday, Wooten announced that while the department is working with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s investigation, the body camera video for the shooting will only be released if a court order is in place. Pasquotank District Attorney Andrew Womble also confirmed that North Carolina law requires a judge to release the footage, adding that “we know people want to see the body camera footage … that of the police “We have to obey the law and the law forbids us from publicly posting the camera material worn on the body. The law allows private viewing by Mr. Brown’s family, we cooperate.” her lawyer to arrange this, “added Womble. Read more at The Daily Beast. Get our top stories to your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside Goes Deeper.” the stories that matter to you Learn more.