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WATCH LIVE: Tense scene in Elizabeth City as crowds await family, lawyer reaction to police body cam video of Andrew Brown shooting

UPDATE: 2:05 p.m. ET:

Andrew Brown’s family and their lawyers are expected to address the press and protesters gathered at the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s office, where Brown’s family is expected to view the police body cam footage of Brown’s fatal shooting Elizabeth City Wednesday. Local reports indicate the family and their attorneys are inside the sheriff’s office at press time Monday afternoon.

The viewing of the footage was delayed as the sheriff’s office sought redactions, including the blurring of faces in the video. Below is live video from WAVY, where Brown’s family will appear after they have viewed the footage.

Television host Roland S. Martin has also shared a livestream of the scene outside the sheriff’s office.

UPDATE, 1: 27 p.m.

Andrew Brown’s family has not yet seen the body cam footage of Brown’s fatal police shooting, but is now expected to view the footage at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

As WAVY reports, Brown’s family had been scheduled to view the footage at the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s office at 11; 30 a.m. Monday. Attorneys representing the Brown family reportedly said they were prevented from viewing the footage at the scheduled time because law enforcement officials said they needed more time to redact the footage. Brown’s family had reportedly insisted on seeing the raw footage, and expected to see that un-redacted footage Monday.

WAVY now reports the sheriff’s office and the family appear to have reached an agreement that faces in the video will be blurred before showing the footage to Brown’s family. The family is expected to view the footage at 1;30 p.m. It remains unclear when the sheriff’s office will release the footage to the public.

CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The mayor of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, has declared a state of emergency on Monday in preparation for the release of police body cam video in the shooting death of Andrew Brown.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Pasquotank Sheriff’s deputies went to a residence in Elizabeth City Wednesday morning to serve a search warrant connected to an ongoing investigation. Brown reportedly attempted to drive away from the scene when a deputy or deputies shot at him. As WAVY reports, three sheriff’s deputies have since resigned and seven have been placed on administrative leave following the fatal shooting. Pasquotank Sheriff Tommy Wooten reportedly said that none of the three deputies who resigned were involved in the shooting, and one was nearing retirement.

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Police have so far shared minimal details about Brown’s shooting but are expected to show Brown’s family the police body cam footage at 11:30 a.m. Monday, before releasing it to the public, WAVY reports. According to that report, Elizabeth City Mayor Bettie Parker has declared a state of emergency ahead of the release of the footage, citing an expectation of possible “civil unrest.”

“In order to absolutely ensure that the City has all State and/or Federal resources necessary to protect our citizens during any such period of civil unrest, we deem it necessary to declare a State of Emergency within the City of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, beginning on Monday, April 26, at 8 a.m. and continuing until deemed no longer necessary to protect out citizens from any such threat of safety,” the statement reads.

Elizabeth City State of Eme… by Ellen Killoran

The statement notes that city officials and media organizations have petitioned the Pasquotank Sheriff’s Office for the release of the footage.

According to the WAVY report, the state of emergency declaration does not include any curfews, and National Guard troops have not been called in.

WAVY obtained a search warrant showing that authorities had been investigating Brown for over a year on suspicion of drug activity, and that Brown had two pending court cases involving drug offenses.

The report notes that Brown’s shooting has sparked days of protests, and that protests so far have not resulted in any violence.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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