Published: Tue, April 27, 2021
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Police ‘executed’ Black man in North Carolina shooting, lawyers say

Police ‘executed’ Black man in North Carolina shooting, lawyers say

The family of a 42-year-old Black man who died in a barrage of bullets fired at his auto by North Carolina sheriff's deputies said Tuesday that an independent autopsy shows he was shot five times, including once in the back of the head.

The announcement came a day after family members were allowed to view what they described as a 20-second clip from one police body camera of the unarmed Brown being shot to death with his hands on the steering wheel of his auto outside his home in Elizabeth City.

"He was not threatening them in any kind of fashion", she told reporters at a news conference.

The Brown family's lawyers have said the deputies continued firing their weapons after Brown drove his vehicle away from them, calling his death an "execution". Authorities have released few details.

Attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter watched a 20-second portion of body camera video with Brown's family.

"We do not feel that we got transparency". Mayor Bettie Parker says law enforcement expects a "period of civil unrest" after the release of the video and the order helps mobilize state and federal resources. The lawyers have also accused officials of withholding evidence after being shown only 20 seconds of footage from one police body camera on Monday.

Dr. Brent Dwayne Hall, the former medical examiner for five northwest North Carolina counties, performed the independent autopsy, the family's attorney's said.

When asked whether Brown was shot in the back, attorney Harry Daniels said, "Yes, back of the head".

"This may be done when necessary to protect an active internal investigation", Cox said in his statement.

Attorneys said Brown suffered a "kill shot to the back of the head". She said she counted as many as eight deputies in the video, some wearing tactical uniforms and some in plainclothes.

Bakari Sellers, an attorney for Brown's family, previously claimed Cox tried to keep lawyers for Brown's family from viewing the footage.

"They're shooting and saying "Let me see your hands" at the same time", she said.

Wooten has said his office is seeking court approval to release the video to the public. She said she counted five deputies on the driver's side of the auto firing at Brown while screaming obscenities and ordering him to show his hands.

Seven Pasquotank County deputies involved in the shooting that erupted last Wednesday morning in Elizabeth City have been placed on administrative leave while the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation probes the circumstances of the deadly encounter.

CNN reported on Monday that a state of emergency was instituted because Brown's family is set to receive the footage, and its public release is likely to follow.

Sheriff Tommy Wooten and Chief Deputy Daniel Fogg, in a video posted on social media last week, said the shooting occurred as deputies were trying to serve an arrest warrant and search warrant on Brown stemming from a felony drug charge.

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