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Andrew Brown Jr Shooting: Reverend Al Sharpton Calls for Release of Video Footage |  US News


Reverend Al Sharpton has called for the release of footage showing what led to the death of Andrew Brown Jr, a black man shot and killed by police in North Carolina.

Mr Brown was killed by sheriff’s deputies in a morning raid on his home on April 21.

Pasquotank County officers attempted to serve Mr. Brown with search and arrest warrants relating to a criminal drug charge as he attempted to get away.

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Andrew Brown Jr was gunned down by sheriff’s deputies in April

An autopsy ordered by his family showed the 42-year-old man was hit by five bullets, including one fatal in the back of the head.

But what led to the shooting is unclear – testimonies vary and a judge has refused to release footage from the cameras on the bodies of MPs, saying it could jeopardize investigations.

Reverend Sharpton was speaking at Mr Brown’s funeral on Monday when he said: “I know a scam game when I see it.

“Release the whole gang and let people see what happened to Andrew Brown.

“You don’t need time to take out a tape. Put it on! Let the world see what there is to see. If you have nothing to hide, then what are you hiding?”

Andrew Brown Jr Shooting: Reverend Al Sharpton Calls for Release of Video Footage |  US News
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Reverend Al Sharpton spoke at the invitation-only funeral

Her words drew loud applause during the invitation-only service in Elizabeth City.

Speaking of Mr Brown, he added: “If he did wrong, bring him to justice. But you have no right to bring him to his funeral.”

Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble said officers only fired after Mr Brown’s car was driven towards them and made contact.

But attorneys for Mr Brown’s family saw a 20-second portion of the video and said it showed he was “executed” by MPs, who continued to shoot him in his driveway so that he was leaving.

Posting of the images must be approved by a judge under state law, but North Carolina judge Jeff Foster has delayed this by 30 to 45 days to allow investigations to be completed.

Andrew Brown Jr Shooting: Reverend Al Sharpton Calls for Release of Video Footage |  US News
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Mr Brown’s death sparked protests in Elizabeth City

Mr Brown’s death came a day after former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder George floyd in Minneapolis.

Mr. Floyd, a black man, died after Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.

Reverend Sharpton said the drive to reform the police in the United States was a chapter in a decades-long struggle by black Americans for their rights.

He said, “We have to deal with the inequalities in the criminal justice system today.

“It is the sign of the times.”

Both the FBI and state agents are investigating Mr. Brown’s shooting and three deputies involved remain on leave.



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