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Public pressure mounts for full bodycam footage after Andrew Brown Jr.'s family says he was 'executed' in North Carolina shooting

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Public pressure to see the body camera footage of North Carolina sheriff's deputies fatally shooting a

Black man grew after the man's family and lawyers described his death as an "execution" after reviewing a partial clip.

An attorney for the family of Andrew Brown Jr., who was shot and killed by Pasquotank County deputies last week, said the man was shot in the back of the head while another lawyer said Brown did not appear as a threat at the time of the shooting.

Sheriff's deputies were serving drug-related search and arrest warrants in Elizabeth City last Wednesday when multiple deputies fired shots, Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten has previously said.

Seven deputies are on leave pending a probe by the State Bureau of Investigation.

Brown's death sparked protests and calls for accountability as activists have called for the full body camera footage to be released. The shooting occurred one day after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

Hundreds of demonstrators, including Rev. Raymond Johnson, take to the streets in Elizabeth City, N.C. on Monday, April 26, 2021, to protest the killing of Andrew Brown Jr. by North Carolina sheriff's deputies and to demand the full body camera footage be released.

Brown's family saw a 20-second portion of the video Monday and provided the first description of what occurred during the shooting.

The sheriff's office and prosecutor have released few public details and have not released the footage. Pasquotank County Sheriff Office Chief Deputy Daniel Fogg said in a Monday video statement that county attorney R. Michael Cox filed a motion to release the video and the sheriff's office would comply with a judge's order.

More on Andrew Brown Jr.:Brown's family says police 'executed' him, then only showed a 20-second video clip from bodycam

Chantel Cherry-Lassiter, one of the attorneys representing the Brown family, said the 20-second clip showed Brown with his hands on the steering wheel and not a threat to deputies, who fired as he backed his vehicle out and tried to drive away. 

“They’re shooting and saying, ‘Let me see your hands’ at the same time,” Lassiter said, adding, “Let’s be clear. This was an execution.”

Henry Daniels, another attorney for the family, said Brown was shot in the back of his head. Dispatch audio from the shooting indicated Brown had been shot in the back.

“My dad got executed just by trying to save his own life,'' said Khalil Ferebee, one of Brown's seven children. "Those officers were in no harm of him at all.''

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