In the town of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, trouble appears to be brewing.
Last week, local police shot and killed Andrew Brown Jr. while attempting to serve a warrant. Brown was unarmed at the time, and inside of his own vehicle.
The family of the victim, who was only allowed to view 20 seconds’ worth of one body camera’s footage of the shooting claimed that Brown was “executed” by police while both of his hands were firmly on the steering wheel of his vehicle. Furthermore, a county attorney allegedly got into a profane argument with one of the family’s lawyers after denying him the ability to view the snippet of the body camera footage.
The situation has tensions running high in Elizabeth City, as citizens begin to worry about a possible coverup.
Now, the FBI field office in Charlotte is getting involved.
The FBI has launched a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr. by Pasquotank County deputies.
FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch confirmed to The News & Observer on Tuesday the investigation by the FBI’s Charlotte field office.Advertisement - story continues below
“Agents will work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice to determine whether federal laws were violated,” Lynch said. “As this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot comment further.”
The mainstream media has also gathered signatures on a letter demanding that the body camera footage be released to the public, parroting the family and their attorneys’ suggestion that transparency is of the utmost importance in the case.