North Carolina judge denies petition to release footage from Andrew Brown Jr. shooting

By: Alyssa Wilson

A North Carolina judge has denied the petition to release the body camera footage in the Andrew Brown Jr. shooting. 

Attorneys representing the Brown family accompanied them in an Elizabeth City courtroom Wednesday for the hearing. 

Brown’s family was only shown 20 seconds of footage on Monday, but they want the full video to be released. They say Brown, who was shot by deputies from the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office, was “executed.” 

During court, District Attorney Andy Womble argued not to release the video and delay disclosure for 30 days. 

Womble says the footage contradicts public comments the family has made and it should not be released until a trial, if charges are brought against the deputies. 

Another attorney for unnamed defendants said the shooting was justified and argued that the video should not be released because it does not have “compelling public interest.” 

According to Wayne Kendall, an attorney representing the Brown family, the judge ordered a partial disclosure of the video to be released to Brown’s immediate family and one attorney. It will be redacted to blur the name and faces of the deputies involved.

The judge will determine which portions of the video are appropriate for disclosure.

Brown’s family and attorneys issues the following statement:

“We are deeply disappointed by the judge’s decision to not make body camera footage from the involved officers available to be viewed by the public. In this modern civil rights crisis where we see Black people killed by the police everywhere we look, video evidence is the key to discerning the truth and getting well-deserved justice for victims of senseless murders. Just look at the murder of George Floyd – if the world had not seen that clear and disturbing footage, there might not have even been an ounce of accountability for those officers. We refuse to be discouraged and vow to keep the pressure on these agencies until we get to the truth. We will not stop saying his name. Andrew Brown Jr.” 

Faith leaders led a march on Wednesday prior to the court ruling. 

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

Results from an independent autopsy revealed that Brown died from a gunshot wound to the back of the head. 

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

If you or someone you know is struggling with trauma triggered by police violence, resources are available for you here.

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