A North Carolina judge on Wednesday refused to publicly release bodycam footage of the police shooting death of Andrew Brown.
Judge Jeffrey Foster said after hearing arguments from lawyers for various media companies in an Elizabeth City courtroom that the companies do not have standing to request the release, and that the videos represent material “of a highly sensitive nature.”
Members of Andrew Brown Jr.’s family praying at the Pasquotank County Public Safety building in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on April 26, 2021.Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP
Authorities released a 20-second segment of the footage Monday but allowed only the family to view Brown’s fatal police shooting in the North Carolina city last week.
The deadly encounter unfolded Wednesday when Pasquotank County sheriff’s deputies who were serving a warrant on Brown, 42, opened fire as he drove away.
Brown’s family viewed the redacted footage Monday morning and the video was publicly released afterward following pressure from protesters and politicians in recent days.