ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Brown’s camera footage is shown on Monday to Brown’s family.
Wayne Kendall, one of the family’s lawyers, said Brown’s older children, siblings, aunts, uncles and close cousins can view the footage privately.
“My co-council spoke directly to the family about the problem, but I know they are happy and have asked to see the tape,” said Kendall.
The family and their attorney will watch the video at the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s office at 11:30 am and hold a press conference immediately afterwards.
The family’s lawyers said pressure from the community, local officials and the media helped make this happen.
According to Kendall, they were negotiating with District Attorney Mike Cox, who spoke to the sheriff to show the family the video.
Brown, 42, was shot dead Wednesday while the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s MPs were serving a drug abuse arrest warrant.
Kendall said Brown was unarmed when he drove away from the scene.
Kendall said that watching what could have led to the shootings will help the family move forward.
“Part of the healing process is knowing what happened to a loved one who was tragically gunned down, like Mr. Brown was gunned down. So it’s a start, but it’s a bit much to say about it will lead to a degree, “he said.
The family struggle is not over yet.
The lawyers are continuing their efforts to make the footage available to the public.
Kendall said since the record is not considered a public record under North Carolina law, it is up to law enforcement to make it public.
“Since these are not public records, the public may never have the opportunity to see these records.”
The family’s lawyers said under state law that Brown’s family had the right to view the body cam footage.
“They also want to know if any laws have been violated,” said Kendall. “When laws have been violated, they want the perpetrators of those acts to be brought to justice. This process is usually, and of course, not an overnight process. “
Meanwhile, Brown’s family remains confident that MPs will be held accountable during the investigation.
“We just want the truth out,” said Zena Jackson, Andrew Brown’s cousin. “We just want the sheriff to tell us what’s going on – the truth. That’s all we want We want justice. “
Famed civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represented George Floyd, now represents two of Brown’s sons. He’ll be watching the Bodycam footage with the family.
After viewing the footage for the family, Crump, Bakari Sellers and Harry Daniels will hold a press conference to address the media. This emerges from a communication from the family’s lawyers.
The Pasquotank County Sheriff’s office posted updates in a video statement Saturday after days of protests calling for the footage to be released.
Pasquotank County Sheriff Wooten says the office would like the bodycam footage of the shooting to be released, but it is not the office’s decision.
The sheriff told News 3 on Friday that the prosecutor was concerned that publishing the recording too early could hamper the investigation
Sheriff Wooten emphasized that only a judge could publish the video. He said he asked the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to confirm that his release would not undermine their investigation.
The office says they hope to petition the court on Monday to release the footage if the SBI says it won’t affect the investigation.
Seven MPs are on administrative leave following the incident. The NAACP calls for Wooten’s resignation.
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