The fact that the videos have yet to be released to the public has become a major source of anger for protesters who have spent days peacefully filling the streets of Elizabeth City, a historic town of about 18,000 on the Pasquotank River. , about an hour’s drive south of Elizabeth City and surrounding Pasquotank County officials issued emergency declarations Monday morning, citing a potential for “a period of civil unrest” whenever the images were made public.
Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II, who has been called on to resign from the local NAACP, said he supports the videos’ posting. Late Monday afternoon, he posted a short video message in which he was accompanied by Deputy Chief Daniel Fogg, who said the county prosecutor had filed a petition for the videos to be released.
“This tragic incident was quick and ended in less than 30 seconds,” Sheriff Wooten said in the video, “and the body cameras are shaky and sometimes difficult to read. They only tell part of the story.
News media also filed a lawsuit in an attempt to have the footage published, but their lawyer, Michael J. Tadych, said Monday he was not sure when his case would be heard.
Under North Carolina law, video from police body cameras may only be made public with the approval of a judge. Anyone, including the news media, a police department or a citizen, can request the release of a video, although some stakeholders may object to its publication or request that sections be blurred. said Frayda Bluestein, professor of public and government law at the University of North Carolina.
At Monday’s press conference, Ms Cherry-Lassiter said footage she and family saw showed Mr Brown driving his car in his driveway, a sheriff’s vehicle blocking his exit and deputies l ‘surrounding. “They came running to his vehicle shooting,” she said. Mr. Brown stepped back, away from the officers. “It was not at any time during the 20 seconds that we saw him threatening the police in any way,” she said.