Family to view deputies’ bodycam videos today

A state of emergency was declared Monday for Elizabeth City as the family of Andrew Brown Jr. prepared to view bodycam footage of the Black man’s fatal shooting by sheriff’s deputies in the North Carolina town.

The family and its representatives plan on viewing the video at the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office before holding a news conference, lawyers Ben Crump, Harry Daniels and Bakari Sellers said in a statement.

“City officials realize there may potentially be a period of civil unrest within the city following the public release of that footage,” the city’s declaration said Monday.

Brown, a father of seven, was fatally shot Wednesday by deputies serving warrants in Elizabeth City. Few details of the shooting have been released, although a first responder can be heard on dispatch audio saying, “Be advised EMS has one male, 42 years of age, gunshot to the back.” 

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