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Sheriff to let Andrew Brown, Jr. family view video of fatal shooting on May 11, judge limits how much can be shown

Last week, a North Carolina judge denied media requests to make the body camera videos from...
Last week, a North Carolina judge denied media requests to make the body camera videos from Brown's shooting public, fueling frustration and skepticism.
Updated: May. 7, 2021 at 6:45 PM EDT
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(WITN/WBTVAP) - Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten says the family of Andrew Brown, Jr. will view the body camera video of his shooting on Tuesday, May 11.

This after a judge finally issued his written order, which gives the sheriff 10 days to show the video and now limits the amount of video they can actually see.

That’s according to a judge’s written ruling issued Thursday.

Brown was shot and killed April 21 as Pasquotank County deputies were serving a search warrant on his Perry Street home in Elizabeth City.

At a hearing last Tuesday, Pitt County Judge Jeff Foster okayed the family and one attorney viewing video from four body cameras and one dash camera within 10 days. That 10-day period would have been up by Saturday.

But the judge didn’t enter his order until 5:00 p.m. Thursday which means the sheriff’s office has until May 16th to show the video.

While there are nearly two hours of video, the judge’s order now limits the family to just seeing 18 minutes and 41 seconds. “The portions of the videos withheld are found to not contain images of the deceased, and thus are not appropriate for disclosure at this time,” Judge Foster wrote.

In a statement late Friday, Sheriff Wooten says to continue to be transparent, they will allow family members to see the video “much sooner than the judge’s deadline requires.”

“We’ve been communicating with the family through their attorney and we’ve agreed to their suggestion to view the videos on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. The time and location will be arranged with the family’s attorney,” Sheriff Wooten said.

Attorneys for Andrew Brown Jr.’s family had expected to see video of the shooting in Elizabeth City as soon as this week.

There have been calls for the video to be made public. Judge Foster said he would consider releasing a copy to the family after a 30-day delay to allow the SBI to complete its investigation into the shooting.

Thursday evening, Pasquotank County commissioners unanimously voted to call on state lawmakers to change the controversial law, allowing law enforcement agencies to release the video themselves without a court order.

Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. WITN and WBTV contributed to this story.