Independent autopsy updates from Andrew Brown Jr. family attorneys expected Tuesday

Laverne Higgins
April 27, 2021

A Black man killed by deputies in North Carolina was shot in the back of his head and had his hands on the auto steering wheel when they opened fire, attorneys for the family said Monday after body camera video was shown to his relatives.

The announcement came a day after family members were allowed to view what they described as a 20-second clip from one police body camera of the unarmed Brown being shot to death with his hands on the steering wheel of his vehicle outside his home in Elizabeth City.

"They were shooting and saying 'Let me see your hands!' at the same time", Channel Cherry-Lassiter, one of a team of attorneys for the family, told a press briefing on Monday. She added: "Let's be clear".

Wooten said last week the investigation of the shooting had been turned over to the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and that it had the body camera video.

Attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter watched a 20-second portion of body camera video with Brown's family.

"We do not feel we got transparency". We only saw a snippet of the incident. "They were going to show the whole video, then decided at the last minute they were going to redact it".

Dr. Brent Dwayne Hall, the former medical examiner for five northwest North Carolina counties, performed the independent autopsy, the family's attorney's said.

Brown's family previously said they remain hopeful that the deputies will be held accountable as the investigation plays out. Cox said state law allowed officials to blur faces if needed to protect an active internal investigation, and the process took time.

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Khalil Ferebee, Brown's son, said his father was trying to "get away" when the officers shot him. She said she counted as many as eight deputies in the video, some wearing tactical uniforms and some in plainclothes.

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. She said it left her in tears.

"They were still shooting at him after the auto had already crashed into the tree", she said.

Brown was shot and killed last Wednesday as Pasquotank County Sheriff's deputies were serving a warrant on felony drug charges.

In advance of the viewing by Brown's family, Elizabeth City Mayor Bettie Parker declared a state of emergency for her city on Monday morning.

In March, narcotics officers used the informant to conduct controlled purchases of methamphetamine and cocaine from Brown on two separate occasions, according to the warrant, which said both drug transactions were recorded using audio and video equipment.

Officials say the release of the footage could cause "civil unrest".

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