“There is no doubt that all seven officers involved, including the three riflemen, have worked directly with you and your office for years.”
Lawyers for the family of Andrew Brown, Jr., the victim of a fatal police shootout in Elizabeth City, NC, has asked a prosecutor to withdraw from the case, The Hill reported.
The letter written by the family lawyer Bakari sellerthe District Attorney asked Andrew Womble “Immediately withdraw from the case,” according to CNN, for his “well-defined” relationship with the sheriff’s office.
Andrew Brown Jr. (Photo: Andrew Brown Jr.’s family)
Officials fatally shot Brown on April 21 after reportedly attempting to serve an arrest warrant. Seven MPs have been taken on administrative leave following the shooting, two more have resigned and one MP has retired, according to the Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten IIper CNN.
Womble’s account of the incident reportedly insists that Brown’s vehicle contacted police officers before MPs surrendered their weapons, a detail the family’s lawyers are skeptical of.
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“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.
“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 letter said. “The conflict is clearly defined.”
The attorneys’ motion for rejection comes just days before members of Brown’s immediate family are allowed to see body camera footage of the moments before and after his death, according to a written decision from a senior judge, according to The Hill.
“We have read the judge’s order carefully and we will certainly obey it,” Wooten said in a statement reported by CNN. “As we continue to be as transparent as possible under state law, we will allow the family members identified in the judge’s order to view the specified videos much earlier than the judge’s deadline requires.”
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ELIZABETH CITY, NORTH CAROLINA – MAY 3: Jha’rod Ferebee (L) and Khalil Ferebee speak during the funeral for their father Andrew Brown Jr. at Fountain of Life Church on May 3, 2021 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Mr. Brown was shot dead by the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Deputies on April 21. (Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Judge Jeff Foster Granted partial access to the videos, making them available to Brown’s family and only one of their lawyers on condition that they do not copy or record the footage, as data captured by body cameras cannot be publicly recorded and cannot be published without a court of law Order in the state of North Carolina on CNN.
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Foster ordered the sheriff’s office to blur MPs “in order to prevent identification until an internal or criminal investigation into MPs’ actions is completed,” the sheriff’s office said in an email it received from CNN : “We have been working on editorial staff since the hearing and reviewing the order to comply with the judge’s information.”
“We don’t expect anything that we don’t know yet. We believe there will be an unjustified shooting, ”a source close to the Brown family said, according to CNN. “No matter when we see [the videos] We’ll all notice when we see a presser and plan. “
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