ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - Mayor Bettie Parker declared state of emergency in Elizabeth City ahead of deputies releasing body camera footage of Andrew Brown Jr.'s death, an incident that officials say could cause 'civil unrest'.
A planned peaceful protest began at 7 a.m. at the Pasquotank County Public Safety Building on Monday.
The video is set to be viewed by Brown's family and their attorney at the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office at 11:30 a.m., and a news conference will immediately follow.
Officials note in a document, that protesters have the right to peacefully assemble and the City of Elizabeth City will protect that right.
According to a news release, all law enforcement officers, emergency services personnel, and city employees are subject to Elizabeth City's control and must comply with the City of Elizabeth City's Emergency Operation Plan for public safety.
After receiving questions, Pasquotank Co., officials said:
- There is NO curfew.
- There are NO restrictions.
- This will assist with any additional resource requests.
- There has been rumors circulating that the National Guard is in Elizabeth City for this event. This is not accurate. They have not been requested at this time.
They added that all of this is subject to change. However, this is the most current information.
Brown’s family previously said they remain hopeful that the deputies will be held accountable as the investigation plays out.
Seven deputies are on administrative leave following the fatal incident.