Attorneys say Black man killed by North Carolina police hit with ‘kill shot’ to again of head By Reuters

2/2 © Reuters. Protesters march after a deputy sheriff shot and killed a Black suspect in Elizabeth Metropolis 2/2 By Jonathan Drake and Nathan Layne ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (Reuters) -Attorneys for the household of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man killed by legislation enforcement in North Carolina, mentioned an impartial post-mortem confirmed he died from


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© Reuters. Protesters march after a deputy sheriff shot and killed a Black suspect in Elizabeth Metropolis

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By Jonathan Drake and Nathan Layne

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (Reuters) -Attorneys for the household of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man killed by legislation enforcement in North Carolina, mentioned an impartial post-mortem confirmed he died from a ‘kill shot’ to the again of his head, because the FBI on Tuesday opened a civil rights investigation of the capturing.

Brown, 42, was struck with 4 bullets to his proper arm earlier than the deadly shot penetrated the rear of his cranium as he tried to drive away, the attorneys advised a information convention in Elizabeth Metropolis, a riverfront group close to the Virginia border the place the capturing happened final Wednesday.

An official post-mortem has but to be launched, although the demise certificates had indicated Brown died of a gunshot to the pinnacle.

“It was a ‘kill’ shot to the again of the pinnacle,” mentioned lawyer Ben Crump, citing the personal post-mortem carried out by Corridor, a former health worker in Boone, North Carolina. “It went into the bottom of the neck, backside of the cranium and bought misplaced in his mind. That was the reason for demise.”

Shortly after the information convention, the FBI’s Charlotte Subject Workplace introduced that it has opened a federal civil rights investigation of the capturing, saying in an announcement it might work with federal prosecutors within the Division of Justice to “decide whether or not federal legal guidelines have been violated.”

Brown’s demise led to 6 nights of protests in Elizabeth Metropolis and got here someday after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd in a trial that put a highlight on police violence in opposition to Black individuals.

The Brown household’s attorneys have mentioned deputies belonging to the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Workplace continued firing their weapons after Brown drove his automobile away from them, calling his demise an “execution.” The attorneys have additionally accused officers of withholding proof after being proven solely 20 seconds of footage from one police physique digital camera on Monday.

“An harmless man was killed by legislation enforcement. Overkill. He wasn’t fleeing. He was making an attempt to run as a result of he was scared for his life,” lawyer Harry Daniels mentioned on Tuesday.

Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten and Chief Deputy Daniel Fogg have mentioned the deputies have been making an attempt to serve warrants on Brown stemming from a felony drug cost, and that Brown had a historical past of resisting arrest. They urged the general public to order judgment till all proof is reviewed by the State Bureau of Investigation, which is overseeing the probe of the capturing.

“This tragic incident was fast and over in lower than 30 seconds and physique cameras are shaky and typically onerous to decipher. They solely inform a part of the story,” Wooten mentioned in a video posted on social media on Monday.

Wooten didn’t reply to a request for remark. His workplace mentioned on Friday that seven sheriff’s deputies had been positioned on administrative depart after the capturing.

Crump mentioned on Monday that there was proof from at the least 9 cameras, together with police physique cam and sprint cam movies, however that Pasquotank County Lawyer Michael Cox had determined in opposition to displaying extra proof to the household.

Cox didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Wooten has mentioned his workplace is searching for courtroom approval to launch the video to the general public, a crucial step underneath state legislation. A courtroom listening to is scheduled for Wednesday on whether or not the physique cam footage could be disclosed to media organizations.

Khalil Ferebee, Brown’s son, mentioned the impartial post-mortem and video proof confirmed that his father was making an attempt to “get away” when the officers shot him. A household lawyer mentioned on Monday there have been 7 to eight officers on the scene.

“Yesterday, I mentioned he was executed. This post-mortem report exhibits me that was appropriate.”





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