North Carolina Judge Jeffrey Foster on Thursday ordered that body camera footage of Andrew Brown Jr.’s recent death involving law enforcement not be released until the state investigation is complete.
A coalition of media groups was calling for the footage to be released. Foster denied standing — the legal ability to appear on a matter — to the group. Media attorneys for the coalition, Mike Tadych and Amanda Martin, “said the ruling is the first denial of standing in the more than 30 body camera cases they have handled. When the ruling is final, they will likely appeal, they said, pending client approval,” according to Carolina Public Press, one of the media groups requesting the release.
According to NPR, Foster said that giving the footage to the public could damage the reputation or safety of the deputies involved and impact the state’s investigation.
The outlet reported, “The judge said five body camera videos and one car camera video will be disclosed to