The family of a Black man killed by sheriff’s deputies in Elizabeth City, N.C., last week will be shown video from the deputies’ body cameras on Monday before it is released to the public in response to mounting pressure from protesters and public officials.
The family will hold a news conference after viewing of the video, which is expected to take place at 11:30 a.m. The footage could answer some of the questions the family has about the moments before Andrew Brown Jr. was killed last Wednesday while the authorities were executing a search warrant.
The decision to show family members the video came amid growing appeals to release footage of the fatal shooting, including calls from the county sheriff and the state’s governor.
“We want transparency,” Tommy Wooten II, the Pasquotank County sheriff, said in a videotaped statement on Saturday. He emphasized that his office did not have the power to release the footage, a decision that could only be made by a judge.
The Sheriff’s Office statement on Saturday followed a day of emotional appeals from family members, activists and lawyers pushing for accountability in Mr. Brown’s death.
guilty of murder in Mr. Floyd’s death, and as police violence against Black people has come under intense scrutiny across the country.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said that seven of the department’s 55 full-time deputies had been placed on paid administrative leave after Mr. Brown’s death.
Mr. Brown’s family was told that no drugs or weapons had been retrieved from the property or the car, Mr. Daniels, their lawyer, said on Saturday. The legal team has not yet seen the search warrant that officials say was being executed at the time of the shooting.
“This is a moment in time that we have to seize and take back accountability and transparency,” Mr. Daniels said. Mr. Brown, he said, was “taken by the hands of the ones who are sworn to protect and serve.”