Media, sheriff ask court to release Andrew Brown’s official video

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: District officials watch protesters after an assistant sheriff shot and killed a black suspect in Elizabeth City

(Reuters) – A group of media outlets and the local sheriff will ask a North Carolina judge on Wednesday to approve the release of a body camera video showing the death of Andrew Brown Jr. by law enforcement last week, a reported local television station.

Portsmouth, Virginia, WAVY-TV, one of the media companies involved in the lawsuit, said the hearing was scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT). One of the media organizations is Sheriff Tommy Wooten from Pasquotank County, the broadcaster reported.

Brown, a black man, was fatally shot and killed by MPs from Wooten’s office last Wednesday. Wooten said officers were trying to serve search and arrest warrants against Brown in connection with drug charges.

Brown family lawyers have accused the officers of “executing” the 42-year-old. On Tuesday, they said an independent autopsy showed that he died from a “kill shot” in the back of the head.

Also on Tuesday, the FBI said it had launched a civil rights investigation into the shooting.

The shooting sparked a week of protests in Elizabeth City, a riverside community near the Virginia border. The shooting took place the day after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd in a trial that highlighted police violence against blacks.

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