• Who was Andrew Brown? Man shot and killed in Elizabeth City
  • Andrew Brown cop shooting: North Carolina in state of emergency as cop bodycam video of black man's death to be released
  • Who is the North Carolina sheriff's deputy who shot Andrew Brown?

ELIZABETH CITY, North Carolina, has declared a state of emergency ahead of the release of the bodycam footage of Andrew Brown Jr.'s death.

Brown, 42, was fatally shot during a drug-related warrant executed by police on April 21.

Brown was confronted by a Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office deputy attempting to serve him a warrant at around 8.30am on Wednesday.

The deputy fired a gun while Brown was allegedly driving away from his Elizabeth City, North Carolina home.

Since the April 21 shooting, authorities have provided limited information regarding the circumstances under which Brown was killed.

Protests demanding transparency have persisted in Elizabeth City, where the shooting occurred.

Brown's family was supposed to watch the bodycam video on Monday at the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office.

It was not yet clear when the body camera footage would be released publicly.

North Carolina law requires that in order to release critical evidence such as body camera footage, a court order must be issued.

Read our live blog below for the very latest on Andrew Brown Jr.'s death…

  • Patrick Knox

    WHO SHOT ANDREW BROWN?

    It is unclear who the sheriff's deputy who shot Andrew Brown is.

    Brown was reportedly shot dead by cops around 8.30am on Wednesday as he drove away from them, witnesses claimed.

    In a press conference, Sheriff Tommy Wooten Wooten said the deputy was placed on administrative leave.

    Wooten confirmed there is bodycam video of the incident but said he had not yet seen it.

    He said no more information would be released until the investigation was complete but that the sheriff’s office would be "transparent".

  • Patrick Knox

    FLOYD’S FAMILY ATTORNEY TO VIEW FOOTAGE

    High-profile civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump Crump, who secured the $27 million civil lawsuit in Minneapolis for the family of George Floyd, is to be present.

    Beforehand Crump said: "Police can't sweep this under the rug.

    "What is it on this video that is so damning that you would risk your career and risk losing your job so the people can't see the video?"

  • Patrick Knox

    STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED

    Earlier today Elizabeth City officials declared a state of emergency amid concerns about how demonstrators would react to a possible video release. 

    Protests since the shooting in the eastern North Carolina town of about 18,000 have generally been peaceful.

  • Patrick Knox

    FAMILY TO VIEW BODYCAM FOOTAGE BEFORE MADE PUBLIC

    County officials said today they will show the video to family after blurring out some of the faces in the video to protect an active internal investigation.

    It comes as calls have been growing to release deputy body camera footage of the incident, which was not public record in North Carolina. 

    A judge must generally sign off on any release of body camera video. 

    A coalition of media has also petitioned the court for its release, and city officials also plan to.

    Short of releasing it publicly, state law allows law enforcement to show body camera video privately to a victim's family.

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  • Patrick Knox

    WHO WAS ANDREW BROWN?

    Dad-of-ten Andrew Brown, 40, was fatally shot by a police officer n Elizabeth City, North Carolina, early last Wednesday.

    Cops had been executing a search warrant on April 21.

    Deputies were serving a search warrant when Brown was shot while driving away, witnesses say.

    Neighbors say they heard anywhere from 6 to 8 shots. It's unclear if Brown was armed at the time.

    "The was a law enforcement involved shooting and as such The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has been contacted and will assume responsibility for the investigation into this incident," said a statement put out by Sheriff Tommy S. Wooten II.

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  • Patrick Knox

    FAMILY HIT BY DELAYS IN VIEWING POLICE BODY CAM 

    Brown's family had hoped to have a private viewing of the body camera video this morning, but county officials indicated that would be delayed because they were working on blurring some faces in the recording.

    Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who's among lawyers representing Brown's family, told reporters the delay is meant to protect law enforcement officers at the same time as they release the warrants with negative details about Brown.

  • Patrick Knox

    COURT DOCS SHOW COPS BUST BROWN OVER SMALL AMOUNT OF DRUGS

    North Carolina deputies who fatally shot a Black man outside of his house obtained the search warrant that brought them there after investigators recorded him selling small amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine to an informant, according to court documents released today.

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