Andrew Brown Jr. was fatally shot and killed by Elizabeth City’s Pasquotank County Sheriff’s MPs on April 21 while trying to serve him on an arrest warrant, according to the sheriff’s office.
“There is no doubt that all seven officers involved, including the three shooters, have worked directly with you and your office for years to prosecute various cases,” the family’s lawyers wrote in a letter to Womble on Wednesday.
Seven MPs have been taken on administrative leave following the shooting, two more have resigned and one MP has retired, according to Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten.
Not all MPs who were on administrative leave dismissed their firearms, Wooten said, but they were all part of the warrant operation.
The letter, signed by family attorney Bakari Sellers, asked “in the interests of fairness, transparency and the pursuit of justice” to move the case to another jurisdiction and to “reuse it immediately”.
“Not only do you and your office work with Sheriff Wooten and his deputies on a daily basis, your office is physically located in the Pasquotank County’s Sheriff’s Department,” the attorneys wrote. “The conflict is clearly defined.”
CNN has approached Womble for comment.
This week, a North Carolina judge issued an order to allow Brown’s immediate family to watch body camera videos of his fatal encounter with law enforcement. According to the sheriff’s office, some family members will be allowed to watch some videos on May 11th.
Authorities had previously shown the family what the relatives called 20 seconds of video – what one of their lawyers called an “execution” and the MPs shot Brown while he was sitting in his vehicle with his hands on the steering wheel.
The protesters have called for the videos to be published in full almost every evening. Another protest with members of the clergy was scheduled for Saturday.
CNN’s Natasha Chen and Kevin Conlon contributed to this report from Elizabeth City, NC.