After reviewing more body cam footage of Andrew Brown Jr.'s death, attorneys address public

Posted at 10:39 AM, May 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-14 10:51:03-04

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - Andrew Brown Jr.'s family viewed more body camera footage of Brown's death on Tuesday.

Brown family attorneys Ben Crump, Bakari Sellers and Harry Daniels said the family viewed the footage at 3 p.m. A judge ordered that Khalil Ferebee, one of Brown's sons, and his immediate family members with one attorney could view five different videos with facial features of deputies blurred to prevent identification pending completion of investigations.

The videos they saw, by the judge's order, are as follows:

  • Video 1: 3 min. 01 sec. - released in its entirety
  • Video 2: 34 min. 58 sec. - first minute and 40 seconds disclosed
  • Video 3: 32 min. 22 sec. - first four minutes and 50 seconds disclosed
  • Video 4: 17 min. 35 sec. - first four minutes and 30 seconds disclosed
  • Video 5: 30 min. 08 sec. - first four minutes and 40 seconds disclosed

After viewing the footage, family attorneys held a press conference to provide updates on what was seen. According to the attorneys, the shooting they witnessed was "unjustified and unconstitutional."

During the press conference, attorneys say the videos they saw show that Brown was not a threat and did not come towards the deputies. They say that Brown actually went in the opposite direction of officials.

Attorneys say that they counted approximately six bullet holes on the passenger side of Brown's vehicle and six on the back windshield with the windows shattered. They say the video they watched showed Brown lose control of the vehicle after the last shot, causing him to strike a tree.

Attorneys say they pulled Brown out of the vehicle and laid him facing the ground while they searched his home.

This is footage of the April 21 incident in which Brown was killed. That morning, deputies were serving a warrant on felony drug charges.

Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II said in a video posted to Facebook Tuesday, "We showed all the footage authorized by the courts to the Brown family."

Brown's attorneys wrote a letter Monday to District Attorney Andrew Womble to step down.

Brown's family, attorneys, some elected officials and many days of protests have called for more transparency and for the release of body camera footage.

The family was previously able to view 20 seconds of the body cam video, and they said the incident was an execution. They also said they wanted to see more footage.

Originally, seven deputies were put on administrative leave after Brown was killed. On April 29, four deputies were put back on duty after Sheriff Wooten said they did not fire weapons. Three are still on leave.

The FBI Charlotte Field Office has since opened a federal civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting.

Tuesday morning, Pasquotank County announced downtown offices would be closing at 2 p.m. for the day. Elizabeth City also posted updates saying marches in the city were anticipated from 1-9 p.m.

Peaceful protests continued Tuesday night, with attorneys, family members and protesters saying they'll continue raising their voices peacefully.