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‘Execution-style’: Family, attorneys of Andrew Brown Jr. react to body-camera footage

The FBI has launched a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting

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Andrew Brown Jr. was shot and killed by deputies from the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office on April 21, 2021.

The family of the man shot and killed by deputies in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, said he was killed “execution-style” by police after seeing a portion of the body-camera footage. 

Andrew Brown Jr. was shot and killed by deputies from the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office on April 21, 2021. 

Seven deputies have been placed on leave after the shooting. 

On Monday, Brown’s family met with officials to see the body-camera footage from the shooting, but they say they were only shown a 20-second clip. 

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BNC’s Astrid Martinez spoke to Brown’s cousin about what the family saw in the video.

“The first word that comes to mind is execution-style. They killed my cousin, he said. 

According to NBC News, Brown family attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter said the video showed Brown in his car blocked in the driveway by deputies. 

“Andrew had his hands on his steering wheel. He was not reaching for anything. He wasn’t touching anything,” she said. “He had his hands firmly on the steering wheel. They run up to his vehicle shooting. He still stood there, sat there in his vehicle, with his hands on the steering wheel while being shot at.” 

Brown’s death certificate says he died from a gunshot wound to the head. 

Brown family attorney Bakari Sellers joined Start Your Day with Sharon Reed and Mike Hill to give an update on the family’s fight for justice.

On Tuesday afternoon, Sellers and other attorneys joined the Brown family at a press conference where they released results from an independent autopsy.

The autopsy, obtained by BNC, revealed that Brown had five gunshot wounds. Four bullets hit his right arm and the fifth struck him in the back of the head resulting in his death.

According to the Charlotte Observer, the FBI launched a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting.

“Agents will work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice to determine whether federal laws were violated,” FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein commented on the case saying the shooting is a “tragedy” and that his office can only get involved if District Attorney Andrew Womble asks for assistance.

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