On April 21, 42-year-old Andrew J. Brown, a well-known drug dealer in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, was shot to death in his driveway at the wheel of his vehicle by Pasquotank County deputies.
Brown was a drug dealer with a 180-page criminal record dating back to 1988. According to investigators, Brown was filmed selling narcotics weeks before his death.
Fox News reports – An initial search warrant signed off by North Carolina Superior Court Senior Resident Judge Jerry R. Tillett on April 20 states that Agent R.D. Johnson of the Dare County Narcotics Task Force was in communication with a confidential source who said they had been purchasing narcotics from Brown for over one year. The informant claimed that they had purchased different quantities of cocaine, “crack” cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine from Brown on numerous occasions.
Investigators believe the establishment at 421 Perry St. in Elizabeth City “is being used to store, package and distribute narcotics, namely ‘crack’ cocaine,” the warrant states. Two vehicles regularly seen at the residence were believed to be in Brown’s possession and were being used by him to store, traffic and distribute illegal narcotics. There is reason to believe that the home was being used by Brown as a “secure location” to store drugs, currency and recordation of sales or monies owed, the warrant says.
Since the shooting, seven Pasquotank County deputies have been placed on leave.
In advance of the release of the private bodycam video viewing of the incident by the Brown family, North Carolina issued a state of emergency to prevent BLM domestic terrorists from burning and looting the state over the shooting death of Andrew J. Brown.
Daily Mail reports- A North Carolina law that took effect in 2016 allows law enforcement agencies to show body camera video privately to a victim’s family, but it generally requires a court to approve any public release.
It’s not clear how soon a judge could rule or how quickly the video would be released if the release is approved. In similar cases, it has sometimes taken weeks for the full legal process to play out.
The slow movement has prompted an outcry from protesters, the family’s lawyers, and racial justice advocates, who noted that law enforcement agencies in other states had moved faster.
The independent autopsy was performed Sunday by a pathologist hired by Brown’s family. The exam noted four wounds to the right arm and one to the head. The state´s autopsy has not been released yet.
The family’s lawyers also released a copy of the death certificate, which lists the cause of death as a ‘penetrating gunshot wound of the head.’ The certificate, signed by a paramedic services instructor who serves as a local medical examiner, describes the death as a homicide.
The autopsy results come a day after Brown’s relatives were shown a 20-second clip of footage from one deputy’s body camera.
One of the Brown family lawyers, Chantel Cherry-Lassiter, who viewed the video, said Monday that officers opened fire on Brown while he had his hands on the steering wheel of a car. She said the video showed Brown trying to drive away but posing no threat to officers.
Today, new information about Brown’s shooting death has been revealed by District Attorney Andrew Womble that could be a game-changer.
Andrew Brown Jr. hit deputies with his car before they fired shots that killed him, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
District Attorney Andrew Womble told a judge at a hearing Wednesday that he viewed body camera video and disagreed with the characterization by attorneys for the family of Brown Jr. that his car was stationary when the shooting started.
Womble said the video shows that Brown´s car made contact with law enforcement twice before shots could be heard on the video.
‘As it backs up, it does make contact with law enforcement officers,’ he said, adding that the car stops again.
‘The next movement of the car is forward. It is in the direction of law enforcement and makes contact with law enforcement. It is then and only then that you hear shots.’
The FBI launched a civil rights probe Tuesday into the death of Brown Jr., as his family released an independent autopsy showing he was shot five times, including in the back of the head.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called for a special prosecutor while pressure built on authorities to release body camera footage of last week’s shooting.
BLM protesters aren’t waiting for the legal process to play out—led by black victim ambulance chaser and multi-millionaire lawyer Ben Crump, they’re already shutting down traffic in Elizabeth City, NC, as they demand the bodycam video is publicly released.