Independent autopsy updates from Andrew Brown Jr. family attorneys expected Tuesday

Ruben Hill
April 28, 2021

Crump welcomed the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry, saying in a statement that footage of the shooting seen by family members shows Brown was "brought down by an inflamed, modern-day lynch mob".

The family of a Black man who was fatally shot by police in North Carolina last week were shown Monday a short snippet of police body camera footage that one family attorney described as an execution.

One attorney said "We now know this in fact was the fatal wound to the back of his head as he was leaving the site trying to evade being shot at by law enforcement".

Brown, 42, was struck with four bullets in the arm before the fatal shot to his head, lawyers for the family told a briefing in Elizabeth City, a riverfront community near the Virginia border where the shooting took place last week.

Dr. Brent Dwayne Hall, the former medical examiner for five northwest North Carolina counties, performed the independent autopsy, the family's attorney's said.

"It was a kill shot to the back of the head" that cost Brown his life, family attorney Ben Crump said Tuesday as his office released the results.

"Yesterday, I said he was 'executed.' This autopsy report shows me that was correct", said Brown's son, Khalil Ferebee. "It was obvious he was trying to get away".

Portions of Tuesday's press conference were interrupted by protesters. "You don't have to be Black or white".

Seven members of the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Department are on administrative leave following the shooting and two others have either resigned or retired.

Governor Roy Cooper later called for appointment of a special prosecutor to take over the state's investigation of last Wednesday's shooting.

Harry Daniels, another attorney for the family, said he has been told by authorities that three deputies opened fire on Brown's auto, including one who reloaded. "He still stood there, sat there in his vehicle with his hands on the steering wheel while being shot at".

Lawyers during Tuesday's press conference said that the four gunshot wounds to Brown's arm prove that his arms were on the steering wheel. A court hearing was scheduled for Wednesday on whether body camera footage can be disclosed to media organizations.

Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said on Monday evening that the county attorney had filed a motion asking a judge to allow the public to see the video, but did not indicate when the footage might be released.

The Pasquotank County Sheriff Department has released few details of the shooting.

"I, Mayor Bettie J. Parker, Mayor of the City of Elizabeth City, North Carolina do hereby proclaim a "STATE OF EMERGENCY" in Elizabeth City, North Carolina".

Brown's death has led to six nights of protests in Elizabeth City and came one day after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd in a trial that put a spotlight on police violence against Black people.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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