Several sheriff’s deputies involved in Brown shooting

By on April 22, 2021

 

Brown described as ‘convicted felon with a history of resisting arrest’

(Pasquotank Sheriff’s Department)

Update: In a video statement on the evening of April 22, Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II and Chief Deputy Daniel Fogg provided new information about the fatal April 21 shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City.

Wooten indicated that there were multiple deputies involved in the incident, stating that “our deputies attempted to serve the arrest warrant, they fired the shots, they’ve been put on administrative leave till we know the facts.”

Fogg stated that, “Some of our deputies are now receiving threats,” pointing out that making those threats is illegal.

In describing the circumstances surrounding the shooting, Fogg said, “This is an arrest warrant around felony drug charges. Mr. Brown was a convicted felon with a history of resisting arrest,” adding that “under such circumstances, there is a high risk of danger.”

“The issue will likely come down to whether our deputies had reason to believe Mr. Brown’s actions put them at risk for serious injury or death,” Fogg said.


 

Court order needed to release body cam video in Elizabeth City shooting

Three agencies involved in the case of the fatal officer-involved shooting in Elizabeth City on April 21 said today that under North Carolina law, body camera footage of incident cannot be released without a court order. The shooting involved an unnamed Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Deputy, now on administrative leave, who was serving a warrant on Andrew Brown, Jr., triggering a chain of events that led to Brown’s death.  At an April 21 press conference, Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II said department body cameras were functioning at the time of the incident, but he was not specific about any public release.

A statement released jointly by District Attorney Andrew Womble and Pasquotank County Attorney Michael R. Cox at about 5 p.m. on April 22, said: “We know people want to see the body camera footage. It is reasonable for people to ask to see it, because such video can help provide key context about what happened in incidents like this. However, under North Carolina law, police body worn camera footage is not a public record and cannot be released to the press or public without a court order…We must follow the law and the law prohibits us from publicly releasing the body worn camera footage. The law does allow a private viewing by the family of Mr. Brown [and] we are working with their attorney to arrange that.”

A few hours earlier, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) issued a similar statement, asserting that that any release of the body-camera video from the incident can only be done so “pursuant to a court order.”

The Elizabeth City incident occurs as passions and tensions are high and the issue of policing and the African American community has risen to the top of the national political and cable TV debate. The Elizabeth City incident instantly made national news, coming only one day after the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin for the May 2020 murder of George Floyd.

In this atmosphere, the release of body camera footage had quickly become a focal point of the aftermath of the Elizabeth City shooting.

“That footage from those body cameras needs to be released immediately, such as it has been in other cases,” declared Elizabeth City Council Member Darius Horton at a special council meeting called on April 21 in the aftermath of the shooting.

In a statement released on April 22, Raleigh-Apex NAACP President Keith Rivers said, “If the Sheriff’s department was wearing their body cameras, if the body cameras were on, that information needs to be disseminated as quickly as possible in order to make sure justice is served.”


SBI to probe fatal shooting by Pasquotank Deputy


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Comments

  • Johnny

    If it was a good shoot like the one in Ohio the body cam would be released.
    This one will cost EC millions in settlement.
    Unarmed and shot through the back windows of his car………..

    Friday, Apr 23 @ 7:30 am
  • Bob

    “…needs to be disseminated as quickly as possible in order to make sure justice is served.” By the mob? In a knee-jerk reaction rather than waiting for cooler heads and reason to prevail after all the facts are known? Why don’t we also go ahead and say we’ll riot and tear things up if the officer isn’t found to be guilty, even if they are innocent? Seems to be the way things are working these days…

    Friday, Apr 23 @ 8:41 am
  • Joan mcminn

    He ran, when will people realize you don’t run from police,

    Friday, Apr 23 @ 8:57 am
  • Onevoice

    Transparency
    Learn from recent history … A rush to judgment often happens when information is withheld. I would suggest to include groups like the NAACP in the viewing of the footage as soon as possible.
    Work as a community ….that is our community footage we paid for it is not us against them. My suggestion directly to the district attorney is to be inclusive above and beyond what the law allows you to do in the interest of including the community. Time is of the essence.

    Friday, Apr 23 @ 9:31 am
  • Manteo

    Johnny you know more than anyone what happened. Maybe you should hold the press conferences.

    Friday, Apr 23 @ 10:22 am
  • SteamboatMike

    Hey Johnny, jump to conclusions much? There is a legal process to abide by in this country, and the PD will abide by that. Your comments are part of the overall problem. Thanks for proving your ignorance of the subject matter.

    Ignorance: Noun, lack of knowledge or information.

    Friday, Apr 23 @ 11:30 am
  • Jeff Walker

    Joan, just out of curiosity, can you cite the NC General Statute that says running from police is an automatic death sentence to be carried out by the police themselves? Sounds like a very recently passed law that nobody but you has heard of.

    Friday, Apr 23 @ 6:18 pm
  • Tom

    Facts don’t matter to those looking for an excuse to loot.

    Saturday, Apr 24 @ 9:38 am
  • Dethrol

    @Jeff Walker Your sarcasm is noted but in the interest of educating you, NC General Statute Sections 14-223 and specifically 15A -401 of the Criminal Procedures Act pretty well covers what a law enforcement officer can and cannot do with respect to detaining or arresting someone. Once we know the facts about the situation, the investigators and the District Attorney will determine if there is cause for action against the officers. See, this is how the legal system works, as opposed to mob rule.

    Saturday, Apr 24 @ 10:48 am
  • surf123

    There is a common theme in these shootings…failure to obey orders. No matter what you think will happen to you if you do follow orders it will end much better if you comply. The worse case scenario for obeying is the same you would get if you did not obey.

    It’s worth noting how overweight the deputies in the photo are. Is that the best America can do. They have to shoot to stop someone because they certainly will never be able to catch anyone else. It is time for physical fitness standards be put in place for law enforcement. I’ve been to Europe multiple times and never once saw an overweight law enforcement worker.

    Saturday, Apr 24 @ 1:52 pm
  • Manns Harbor man

    Were the shooters Black or White, or a mix? If they were all Black we won’t be hearing much more, if White shame on them (says the mob). Systemic racism is nonsense, but it’s become a standard go-to whenever there’s a dispute.

    Monday, Apr 26 @ 11:43 am