A North Carolina judge denied requests for public release of camera footage of an officer’s body showing police shooting in the death of black man Andrew Brown Jr., although the ruling says his family may be viewing. the videos.
Brown, 42, was shot dead by police in Elizabeth City last week. His death was caused by a blow to the back of the head, according to his family’s lawyers, who carried out an independent autopsy.
At Wednesday’s hearing, Superior Court Judge Jeff Foster dismissed petitions for the immediate release of four videos filed by 20 media outlets and Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten.
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District Attorney Andrew Womble said the release of the footage now could interfere with a State Bureau of Investigation into the shooting.
Womble said the footage shows Brown rammed his car twice on Pasquotank County police officers as they attempted to carry out a search warrant in Elizabeth City on April 21.
There are five body camera videos and one dashcam video of the incident, which must be blurred to protect the officers’ identity and shown to Brown’s family and their legal team within 10 days, Judge Foster said Wednesday.
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Brown’s relatives complained Tuesday that they only showed them an edited 20-second clip of his death, showing his hands on the wheel, with shots fired at the start of the footage.
On Tuesday, the FBI announced that its Charlotte Field Office had opened a federal civil rights investigation into Brown’s death.
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