Andrew Brown Jr latest – Family prepares for funeral as they dispute account of shooting amid calls for body cam footage

CIVIL rights activist Al Sharpton will deliver a eulogy at Andrew Brown Jr's funeral next week.

A service for the dad-of-10 – who was shot dead by cops in North Carolina during a drug-related warrant executed by police on April 21 – will be held in Elizabeth County on Monday (May 3).

It comes as Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten on Thursday released the names of the deputies involved in the incident.

He revealed four of the cops at the scene did not fire their weapons – but other three who did will remain on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

The four back on active duty are Lt Steve Judd, Sgt Michael Swindell, Sgt Kendall Bishop and Sgt Joel Lunsford, while those staying on leave are Investigator Daniel Meads, Deputy Sheriff II Robert Morgan and Corp Aaron Lewellyn.

Sheriff Wooten said: "I'll continue to be transparent whenever I can — without interfering in the independent investigation."

Read our live blog below for the very latest on Andrew Brown Jr's death…

  • Tariq Tahir

    WHY WE'RE COPS TRYING TO ARREST ANDREW BROWN JR?

    Agent R.D. Johnson of the Dare County Narcotics Task Force was told by an informant they had been purchasing illegal drugs from Brown for over a year, according to Fox News.

    They claim to have bought "different quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine from Brown on numerous occasions".

    According to the informant, they would meet up with Brown in numerous hotels and motels in both Dare County and Elizabeth City – and even at Brown's home on multiple occasions.

  • Tariq Tahir

    ‘TWO JUSTICE SYSTEMS’ SAYS FAMILY ATTORNEY

    Ben Crump has claimed there are “two justice systems” in the United States.

    He told MSNBC that it was “inexplicable” that the police would have to use “deadly force” on a black man moving away from the police.

    “That’s why I argue there’s two justice systems in America, one for white America and one for white America,” he said.

  • Tariq Tahir

    COMMUNITY ‘DEEPLY TROUBLED’ BY CASE

    The death of Andrew Brown Jr has widened the racial divide in Elizabeth City, an activist has said.

    "The people of Elizabeth City are just deeply, deeply troubled by this," said Kristie Puckett-Williams, manager of ACLU of North Carolina's Campaign for Smart Justice and an activist in Elizabeth City told CNN.

    "There is a racial divide amongst the city and county and this has only widened the divide."

  • Tariq Tahir

    FAMILY’S PUSH FOR FOOTAGE COMPARED TO GEORGE FLOYD

    Lawyers for Andrew Brown Jr’s family as pushing for body camera footage as public "wouldn't have known what happened to George Floyd without the video”.

    However, a judge ruled that the footage will not be released to the public for at least 30 to 45 days while an investigation is underway.

    Brown's family and legal team have only viewed 20 seconds worth of bodycam footage showing the death of the 42-year-old.

  • Tariq Tahir

    BROWN HIT COP CAR BEFORE HE WAS SHOT, PROSECUTORS ALLEGE

    Andrew Brown Jr. hit deputies with his car before they fired the shots that killed him, a prosecutor has claimed.

    Bodycam footage of the fatal incident has not yet been released by police, however, family members of Brown have called his death an "execution".

    District Attorney Andrew Womble told the judge that he had viewed the footage and disagreed with a characterization by attorneys for the family of Brown Jr. that his car was stationary when the shooting started.

    Womble claimed the footage shows Brown's car making contact with police twice before two shots could be heard ringing out in the video.

  • Tariq Tahir

    FUNERAL WILL TAKE PLACE ON MONDAY

    Andrew Brown Jr’s funeral will be Monday at Fountain of Life Church in Elizabeth City.

    His relatives will talk about his life and the Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy, according to Ben Crump, an attorney for the family.

    Also attending will be relatives of George Floyd and Eric Garner, who died in 2014 after being held in a choke hold by police in New York, according to Crump.

  • Tariq Tahir

    WHY WAS ANDREW BROWN JR SHOT?

    The father-of-ten was reportedly shot dead by cops around 8:30am on April 21, 2021, as he drove away from them, witnesses claimed.

    Brown was shot as he drove away from cops, according to neighbors.

    Officers were called to the home in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to carry out a search warrant.

  • Tariq Tahir

    ANDREW BROWN HAD ‘180 PAGE RAP SHEET’

    Andrew Brown Jr was described as a career drug dealer who had a criminal rap sheet over 180-pages long dating back more than thirty years.

    The information was revealed search warrant signed off a day before his death.

    Authorised on April 20 by North Carolina Superior Court Senior Resident Judge Jerry R. Tillett, it states that a confidential source had been in contact with a senior member of a narcotics task force.

    Agent R.D. Johnson of the Dare County Narcotics Task Force was allegedly told by the informant that they had been purchasing illegal drugs from Brown for over a year, according to Fox News.

  • Tariq Tahir

    DEPUTIES BACK AT WORK

    Four out of the seven deputies involved in the deadly warrant-serving confrontation with Andrew Brown Jr are back on active duty.

    Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said after review of bodycam footage, the officers were returned to patrol from administrative leave as they did not fire their service weapons during the April 21 incident.

    The four back on active duty are Lt Steve Judd, Sgt Michael Swindell, Sgt Kendall Bishop and Sgt Joel Lunsford, while the three remaining on leave are Investigator Daniel Meads, Deputy Sheriff II Robert Morgan and Corp Aaron Lewellyn.

  • Tariq Tahir

    WHAT HAVE ANDREW BROWN JR'S FAMILY SAID?

    His family is outraged after claiming they only saw a 20-second snippet of the video.

    The family attorney is saying police are "hiding" the bodycam footage and only offering to show them a redacted version of it.

    Benjamin Crump said: "Police can't sweep this under the rug.

    "What is it on this video that is so damning that you would risk your career and risk losing your job so the people can't see the video?"

    "We do not feel that we got transparency, we only saw a snippet of the video where we know that the video started before and after what they showed the family.”

  • Catherina Gioino

    SHERIFF QUESTIONED ON USE OF FORCE IN BROWN ARREST

    NPR’s All Things Considered's host Mary Louise Kelly asked Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten why seven tactically-clad officers were needed to arrest Andrew Brown Jr. on a nonviolent drug warrant.

    "Every operation, we take all information that we can get, whether it's the warrant, what the charges are," Wooten said. "The person's history is looked into. The area they live in is looked into."

    "And the search warrant is put out with that type of information. So every–" he said before Kelly cut him off.

    "But seven officers for a nonviolent drug warrant?" she asked.

    "With the evidence that we had or the data that we had in the history in the criminal record of Mr. Brown, and that was the decision made to approach that way," Wooten said.

  • Catherina Gioino

    SHERIFF CALLS LAW ENFORCEMENT 'UNPREDICTABLE'

    Speaking on Friday to NPR's All Things Considered, Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said law enforcement was "unpredictable" when asked how Brown's arrest "went wrong."

    "How it goes wrong? Law enforcement, when you go call to call, as you can imagine, is so unpredictable," he said.

    "And it's very difficult for anybody, much less law enforcement when you have to react in a fraction of a second."

    "So it's hard to give you an exact answer on that and be very specific. It's just so unpredictable is the word I can think of."

  • Catherina Gioino

    SHERIFF WANTS VIDEO RELEASED TO PUBLIC

    Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten wants Elizabeth City to release the full body-worn camera videos of Andrew Brown Jr's shooting.

    "More than what the video shows is that we're going to put it out," Wooten said on Friday. "And at the end of the day, if any of the deputies made a mistake, or if they broke any law or violated any of our policies, they will be held accountable."

    "I spoke with the State Bureau of Investigation who is actually doing the criminal investigation," Wooten said. "They advised me that they were good with the video being released."

  • Catherina Gioino

    BROWN'S RELATIVE SAYS POLICE SHOT BOTH BACK AND FRONT WINDSHIELDS

    A relative of Andrew Brown Jr.'s said police had shot at both the back and front of Brown's car as they approached his home.

    When Brown backed up his car, "they started shooting the front windshield of his car," the relative, who does not want to be named, told CNN.

    "And then he took off to go across the yard and they started shooting the back window of his car."

    The relative took photos of Brown's car and showed a bullet-ridden rear windshield and the front windshield also having at least one bullet.

    "It's extremely heartbreaking to have to watch and go through knowing it's one person you can't bring back," said the relative.

  • Patrick Knox

    VIEWINGS OF ANDREW BROWN JR’S BODY TO TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND

    Two viewings have been scheduled for this Sunday for the body of Andrew Brown Jr.

    One will take place at 9am at Horton’s Funeral Home and Cremations Chapel in Hertford.

    The other will be at 3pm at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

    His family will then attend a private funeral on Monday.

  • Patrick Knox

    'GUNSHOT TO BACK OF THE HEAD KILLED BROWN'

    Andrew Brown Jr died after being shot in the back of his head, lawyers for his family said.

    According to attorney Ben Crump, a private individual autopsy report found that police fired five shots – the last being the fatal one.

    “Now you all know from the death certificate that it was a penetrating gunshot wound to the head,” Crump said

    “But … what they did not know was it was a kill shot to the back of the head.”

    Brown was reportedly hit four times in his right arm by bullets that penetrated the windshield of his car – before he was shot from behind as he tried to drive away.

  • Patrick Knox

    FAMILIES OF BLACK MEN SLAIN BY POLICE HOPEFUL FOR REFORM

    The family and representatives of Black men slain by the police met with senators and White House officials.

    They left optimistic that police reform could be approved by May 25, the anniversary of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

    Attending the meetings were representatives and family members of Floyd, Eric Garner, Terence Crutcher, Andrew Brown and Botham Jean each of whom was killed by police.

  • Patrick Knox

    FBI OPENS CIVIL RIGHTS PROBE INTO BROWN’S DEATH

    The FBI is opening a civil rights investigation into the death of Andrew Brown Jr.

    The announcement on Tuesday came after his family claimed that when the dad was shot dead by deputies, his hands were on his steering wheel.

    “The FBI Charlotte Field Office has opened a federal civil rights investigation into the police-involved shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr.,” an FBI spokesman said.

    “Agents will work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice to determine whether federal laws were violated.”

  • Patrick Knox

    WHO WAS ANDREW BROWN?

    Dad-of-ten Andrew Brown, 40, was fatally shot by a police officer n Elizabeth City, North Carolina, early last Wednesday.

    Cops had been executing a search warrant on April 21.

    Deputies were serving a search warrant when Brown was shot while driving away, witnesses say.

    Neighbors say they heard anywhere from 6 to 8 shots. It’s unclear if Brown was armed at the time.

    “The was a law enforcement involved shooting and as such The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has been contacted and will assume responsibility for the investigation into this incident,” said a statement put out by Sheriff Tommy S. Wooten II.

  • Patrick Knox

    WHAT DID BROWN'S FAMILY AND LEGAL TEAM SAY ABOUT THE SHOOTING?

    Crump, the family lawyer, said that an independent autopsy report showed that the "kill shot" Brown received "penetrated his skull and brain."

    The gunshot allegedly caused skull fractures and did not exit his head.

    "Yesterday, I said he was 'executed.' This autopsy report shows me that was correct," Brown's son, Khalil Ferebee said, according to ABC News.

    Lawyer Wayne Kendall said the fatal shot hit Brown as he tried to drive away, according to ABC News.

    An autopsy revealed that Brown received "five penetrating bullet wounds" to his body, with four shots to the arm.

  • Patrick Knox

    DID ANDREW BROWN HAVE A CRIMINAL HISTORY?

    Court records show Brown had a history of criminal charges stretching back into the 1990s.

    The charges included a misdemeanor drug possession conviction and several pending felony drug charges.

    According to the search warrant issued the day before the fatal shooting on April 21, Brown had a criminal rap sheet that was over 180-pages long.

  • Patrick Knox

    COMMUNITY MEMORIALIZES ANDREW BROWN JR

    Local community leaders in Elizabeth City have led a memorial for Andrew Brown Jr.

    Elizabeth City Councilman Gabriel Adkins led a group of more than 100 protesters in a prayer, WTKR has reported.

    One of Brown’s friends, Ulysses Edwards, was memorialized him by spray painting a mural of Brown's face on the side of Brown’s home.

  • Patrick Knox

    WHY WAS ANDREW BROWN JR BEING ARRESTED?

    The shooting took place about 8.30am on April 21 when deputies attempted to serve a drug-related arrest warrant on Brown at his home in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

    According to the search warrant that was signed one day before, Brown had a criminal rap sheet dating back thirty years.

    Authorized on April 20 by North Carolina Superior Court Senior Resident Judge Jerry R. Tillett, the warrant stated that a confidential source had been in contact with a senior member of a narcotics task force.Agent R.D. Johnson of the Dare County Narcotics Task Force was allegedly told by the informant that they had been purchasing illegal drugs from Brown for over a year, according to Fox News.

  • Patrick Knox

    'THREE OFFICERS FIRED WEAPONS'

    Three deputies reportedly fired shots at Andrew Brown Jr and are on administrative leave.

    Investigator Daniel Meads, Deputy Sheriff II Robert Morgan and Cpl. Aaron were identified by the Pasquotank County sheriff on Thursday.

    Seven officers were present when deputies attempted to execute a warrant – before Brown was shot dead in his vehicle.

  • Patrick Knox

    COURT DOCS SHOW COPS BUST BROWN OVER SMALL AMOUNT OF DRUGS

    North Carolina deputies who fatally shot a Black man outside of his house obtained the search warrant that brought them there, after investigators recorded him selling small amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine to an informant, according to court documents released today.

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