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Andrew Brown family’s lawyer says body camera footage contradicts what prosecutors claimed happened before fatal police shooting

Summary List PlacementLawyers for the family of Andrew Brown Jr., who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy in North Carolina, say body camera footage of the shooting contradicts a local prosecutor's description of the incident. Attorney Chase Lynch, who viewed 18 minutes of body camera footage with Brown's family on Tuesday, said Brown was stationary in his car with his hands on the wheel when he was first shot by Pasquotank County sheriff's deputies, CBS News reported. Brown's family and attorneys had previously only been shown 20 seconds of the body camera footage before that Sheriff Tommy Wooten described as...

demonstrator holds a sign for Andrew Brown Jr. during a protest march on April 22, 2021 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The protest was sparked by the police killing of Brown on April 21.

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Lawyers for the family of Andrew Brown Jr., who was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina, say body camera footage of the shooting contradicts a local prosecutor’s description of the incident.

Attorney Chase Lynch, who viewed 18 minutes of body camera footage with Brown’s family on Tuesday, said Brown was stationary in his car with his hands on the wheel when he was first shot by Pasquotank County sheriff’s deputies, CBS News reported.

Brown’s family and attorneys had previously only been shown 20 seconds of the body camera footage before that Sheriff Tommy Wooten described as “shake and hard to decipher.” 

District Attorney Andrew Womble had previously said that Brown — who was fatally shot while sheriff’s deputies were arresting him on felony drug charges — had hit officers with his vehicle before they fired at him.

“We did not see any actions on Mr. Brown’s part where he made contact with them or tried to go in their direction,” Lynch told reporters at a press conference, according to CBS News. “In fact, he did just the opposite. While there was a group of law enforcement that were in front of him, he went the opposite direction.”

The Pasquotank County Sheriff previously released the names of the seven officers involved in the shooting. Three of the officers who fired their weapons are still on administrative leave as an internal investigation continues.

The FBI is also on the case and opened a federal civil-rights investigation into the shooting, an FBI spokesperson confirmed to Insider.

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