The murder of a 42-year-old black man on the North Carolina coast by sheriff’s deputies is under review by state and federal authorities, and Gov. Roy Cooper has called a special prosecutor to take over the case from a local district attorney.
The fatal shooting of man Andrew Brown Jr. last week, as he apparently walked away from MPs trying to execute drug-related search and arrest warrants, is drawing a lot of attention , so soon after Adam’s shooting death. Toledo, 13, in Chicago and Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, in Columbus, Ohio.
Anger and frustration escalate as Mr Brown’s family, backed by officials, demand the release of body camera footage of his final moments, and the names of the officers involved remain withheld in secret.
Here’s what we know about Mr. Brown’s death.
Just before 8:30 a.m. on April 21, a truck from the Pasquotank Sheriff’s Office went down a residential street and arrived at a house with deputies seated in the back, dressed in tactical gear, video footage. Moments later, several shots were fired at Mr. Brown. (The video was obtained by WAVY, a Virginia-based television station, as part of a public registration application.)
A 20-second clip of an assistant’s body camera footage was released to Mr. Brown’s family and their lawyer, who called it an “execution.” A private autopsy, paid for by his family, showed he was hit by five bullets and shot in the head.
The family’s lawyer said Mr Brown was sitting inside his car with his hands “firmly on the wheel” when shots were fired. He did not appear to be holding a gun and drove away as the police continued to fire.
Did the police explain why they opened fire?
The Pasquotank County Sheriff said MPs executed an arrest warrant on drug charges, but did not disclose how many MPs were at the scene, how many opened fire and how many cartridges had been fired. The shooting is under investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
The local version of a SWAT team, along with lawmakers from another agency, were executing the arrest warrant when Mr Brown was shot, authorities said. Only a small proportion of deaths involving officers occur in these raids. But in a country where four in ten adults have firearms in their homes, they are the most combustible, and the police often use large displays of force to undertake these actions.
Mr Brown’s family have learned that no drugs or weapons were recovered from the property or in the car, their lawyer said last week. And their legal team has yet to see the search warrant that officials said was being executed at the time of the shooting.
Why weren’t the body camera images released?
In North Carolina, video from police corps cameras can only be made public with the approval of a judge. Anyone can request the publication of a video, although some stakeholders may object to its publication or request that sections be blurred, said Frayda Bluestein, professor of public law and government at the University of Carolina. North.
The sheriff said he wanted the body camera video to be made public, and the county attorney filed a petition for the videos to be released.
A hearing on whether to release the body camera images was scheduled for Wednesday morning. The judge hearing the motion, filed by the sheriff’s office, was also due to consider a separate motion asking for the release of videos filed by a news media group, including the New York Times.
Governor Cooper, a Democrat, also on Tuesday called for video output. While some body camera footage is released almost immediately, it’s not unusual for there to be a delay in the release.
What happened to the officers involved?
Seven sheriff’s deputies were put on paid administrative leave after the shooting, in an office that has 55 full-time deputies. We do not know the names of the people involved.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Tuesday that it is opening a civil rights investigation into the shooting from the agency’s field office in Charlotte, which will work with federal prosecutors and the Department of Justice’s civil rights division.
What was the reaction of the community?
Elizabeth City is a historic city of about 18,000 people located in the northeastern part of the state. Its mayor and police chief are black, as are 50% of its inhabitants. Peaceful demonstrations have taken place there since the day of the shooting. Residents demanded that the body camera images be made public. On Tuesday, however, officials in Elizabeth City and neighboring Pasquotank County established curfews from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
“I feel like we’re being targeted,” said Councilor Gabriel Adkins, who wore a “Black Lives Matter” shirt during a speech at a city council meeting last week.
“I’m scared as a black man walking around this town, driving my car down the road, trying to make sure I stay within the speed limit, trying to make sure I’m wearing my seat belt, trying to make sure I’m doing everything right because I don’t want an officer to back me up.
What can we expect?
All eyes will be on Wednesday morning’s hearing on whether to release the body camera images. Separately, Mr. Cooper has called a special prosecutor to take over the case, which currently belongs to the local district attorney.
A funeral will be held Monday for Mr. Brown in Elizabeth City, with Reverend Al Sharpton delivering the eulogy.