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Autopsy reveals 'fleeing' Andrew Brown was killed by bullet to the back of his neck that lodged in his brain as new footage shows moment eight cops attempted to serve search warrant on the 'drug dealer with 180-page criminal record'

 Andrew Brown was killed by a bullet to the back of the neck that lodged in his brain and caused him to crash his car, according to an independent autopsy report released Tuesday.

Brown, 42, was shot and killed by police in North Carolina at 8.30am on April 21 while he was at the wheel of his car in his driveway. Police are yet to release bodycam footage of the incident.

But new footage has emerged of the moment a large group of cops surrounded Brown Jr.'s car. 

The clip - taken by a neighbor in the moments after officers opened fire and obtained by CNN - shows in the seconds after Brown's car had crashed into a tree.   

Police said they were carrying out an arrest warrant for drugs offenses and claim Brown was a drug dealer with a rap sheet dating back to 1988, but his family said he was 'executed'. Brown had a 180 page criminal record and had been filmed selling narcotics in the weeks leading up to his death, Fox News reported Monday. 

One eyewitness said: 'They crowded around his car, they were shooting the front window of his car.' 

His family say he had complied with police and has his hands on his steering wheel as they shot at him. They say he drove away in an attempt to save his life and avoid the gunfire. 

That came after they were finally allowed to see police body cam from the incident Monday. The footage has not been released publicly and just 20 seconds was shown to the victim's loved ones and attorneys.  

Brown's son Khalil told CBS: 'It was just a horrific scene, a horrific video. They were shooting from the very start of the video. My dad, his hands were on the steering wheel and they were still shooting. I still don't have closure...the answers.' In a separate interview with GMA he called the shooting an 'execution'. 

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump said: 'If they thought Andrew Brown Jr did something inappropriately and criminal you all would have seen that video by now. There was no need for them to be the judge, the jury and the executioner that morning.   

The results of an independent autopsy are expected Tuesday. The death certificate indicated Brown died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to CNN.    

Protesters took to the streets of Elizabeth City on Monday night for the fifth night in a row as anger mounted at the failure to release the full footage showing the killing of Brown. 

New footage has emerged of the moment a large group of cops surrounded Andrew Brown's car after his son called the North Carolina police shooting 'an execution'. The clip - taken by a neighbor in the moments after officers opened fire and obtained by CNN - shows after Brown's car had crashed into a tree

New footage has emerged of the moment a large group of cops surrounded Andrew Brown's car after his son called the North Carolina police shooting 'an execution'. The clip - taken by a neighbor in the moments after officers opened fire and obtained by CNN - shows after Brown's car had crashed into a tree

Police said they were carrying out an arrest warrant for drugs offenses and claim Brown was a drug dealer with a rap sheet dating back to 1988, but his family said he was 'executed'. One eyewitness said: 'They crowded around his car, they were shooting the front window of his car'

Police said they were carrying out an arrest warrant for drugs offenses and claim Brown was a drug dealer with a rap sheet dating back to 1988, but his family said he was 'executed'. One eyewitness said: 'They crowded around his car, they were shooting the front window of his car'

Andrew Brown, pictured, a 42-year-old father of 10, was shot in his car on April 21 by sheriffs

Andrew Brown, pictured, a 42-year-old father of 10, was shot in his car on April 21 by sheriffs

Brown's son Khalil told CBS: 'It was just a horrific scene, a horrific video. They were shooting from the very start of the video. My dad, his hands were on the steering wheel and they were still shooting. I still don't have closure...the answers.' In a separate interview with GMA he called the shooting an 'execution'

Brown's son Khalil told CBS: 'It was just a horrific scene, a horrific video. They were shooting from the very start of the video. My dad, his hands were on the steering wheel and they were still shooting. I still don't have closure...the answers.' In a separate interview with GMA he called the shooting an 'execution'

Authorities said the father-of-ten had a 180 page criminal record and had been filmed selling narcotics in the weeks leading up to his death last Wednesday, Fox News reported. 

The deputies continued to shoot after Brown drove his vehicle away from them, according to Chantel Cherry-Lassiter, who said he never presented a threat to the team of officers at the scene. 

On Monday night more than 200 people marched through downtown to 'disrupt commerce' as a state of emergency was declared, carrying signs and shouting: 'Release the tape! The real tape!' 

Some reports suggested rocks were thrown, Fox News said, while others said it was eggs that were hurled. 

Twice, The Raleigh News & Observer reported, they stopped to confront police officers who blocked traffic for them to pass, yelling: 'Say his name! Say his name!' before moving on. 

Under North Carolina law, body camera footage can only be released with a court order, but critics are accusing the authorities of a cover up - suspicions that increased after the family were allowed to watch just 20 seconds of a redacted video of the fatal shooting.   

Andrew Brown's grieving relatives are seen outside Pasquotank County Public Safety building as protesters took to the streets after his killing

Andrew Brown's grieving relatives are seen outside Pasquotank County Public Safety building as protesters took to the streets after his killing

Demonstrators gathered for a fifth night of protests in Elizabeth City on Monday night calling for answers over the shooting of the 42-year-old

Demonstrators gathered for a fifth night of protests in Elizabeth City on Monday night calling for answers over the shooting of the 42-year-old

Protesters occupy an intersection while marching in the evening after family members were shown body camera footage of the shooting

Protesters occupy an intersection while marching in the evening after family members were shown body camera footage of the shooting

Activists held placards aloft saying 'Andrew Brown, say his name' in the wake of the killing which has caused unrest in Elzabeth City

Activists held placards aloft saying 'Andrew Brown, say his name' in the wake of the killing which has caused unrest in Elzabeth City

Protesters lean on each other in a moment of reflection amid the demonstrations which saw more than 200 people take to the streets

Protesters lean on each other in a moment of reflection amid the demonstrations which saw more than 200 people take to the streets

A demonstrator yells in the air from her car on Monday night during Elizabeth City protests

A demonstrator yells in the air from her car on Monday night during Elizabeth City protests

Protesters in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on Monday night demanded the release of footage

Protesters in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on Monday night demanded the release of footage

Activists were on the streets of Elizabeth City for the fifth night in a row on Monday

Activists were on the streets of Elizabeth City for the fifth night in a row on Monday

A driver wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt steps out of her car to join other protesters in raising a fist in solidarity with each other

A driver wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt steps out of her car to join other protesters in raising a fist in solidarity with each other

Two young protesters ride atop the rear of vehicle at the end of a march held in support of the late Andrew Brown who was shot on Wednesday

Two young protesters ride atop the rear of vehicle at the end of a march held in support of the late Andrew Brown who was shot on Wednesday

Hundreds of demonstrators, including Rev. Raymond Johnson, protested on Monday night

Hundreds of demonstrators, including Rev. Raymond Johnson, protested on Monday night

Two men fist bump amid smiles as they peacefully protest against Brown's shooting

Two men fist bump amid smiles as they peacefully protest against Brown's shooting

Protesters were demanding police to 'release the video' to 'show us the truth' as they marched on the county sheriff's building

Protesters were demanding police to 'release the video' to 'show us the truth' as they marched on the county sheriff's building

Pasquotank County officers watch the protests unfold from the roof of the county sheriff's building on Monday

Pasquotank County officers watch the protests unfold from the roof of the county sheriff's building on Monday


Ben Crump, the high-profile civil rights attorney who now represents the family, said outside the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office: 'They are trying to hide something. They don't want us to see.' 

Attorneys for the family said he was shot in the back of his head and had his hands on the car steering wheel as up to eight officers fired at him. 

Andrew Brown, 42, was shot and killed by sheriffs in North Carolina on Wednesday morning

Andrew Brown, 42, was shot and killed by sheriffs in North Carolina on Wednesday morning

They said the clip they saw began as shots were already being fired, adding that Brown complied with officer commands throughout. 

After watching the footage, Brown's son Khalil told reporters: 'My dad got executed just trying to save his life. It is messed up how this happened. He got executed.' 

Court documents released on Monday show deputies obtained the search warrant that brought them to Brown after investigators recorded him selling small amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine to an informant. 

Seven deputies have been placed on leave amid indications, including emergency scanner traffic and an eyewitness account, that Brown was shot in the back as he tried to drive away.  

The city's mayor earlier had declared a state of emergency over the shooting. 

County officials indicated that showing family the clip had been delayed because they were working on blurring some faces in the recording.  

Attorney Ben Crump holds the arm of Khalil Brown, who called his dad's death an execution

Attorney Ben Crump holds the arm of Khalil Brown, who called his dad's death an execution

Andrew Brown's youngest daughter listens to attorney Benjamin Crump on Monday
Harry Daniels who is representing the family of Andrew Brown, speaks outside the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office in Elizabeth City

Andrew Brown's youngest daughter (left) listens to attorney Benjamin Crump on Monday. Harry Daniels (right), who is representing the family of Andrew Brown, speaks outside the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office in Elizabeth City

Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, center left, joined the Brown family on Monday

Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, center left, joined the Brown family on Monday 

Brown, 42, father of 10 children, was shot and killed in his car at around 8.30am in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, while police were executing search-and-arrest warrants for drug offenses, officials said

Brown, 42, father of 10 children, was shot and killed in his car at around 8.30am in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, while police were executing search-and-arrest warrants for drug offenses, officials said


Describing the footage in more detail on Monday afternoon, attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter said Brown had been in his driveway when he was blocked in by officers who were in a marked police vehicle. 

She said they 'lost count' on how many shots were fired. She also said deputies 'rode up to his car while shooting'. 

When Brown 'finally tries to get away to get out of danger' he backs out, away from officers who were allegedly shouting obscenities at him. 

The attorney added: 'At no time was he threatening officers.' 

When his car runs into a tree, Cherry-Lassiter said the officers continued shooting at him, leaving his vehicle 'riddled with bullets'. 


The family noted that despite multiple officers being at the scene they were allowed to see just one clip - from an officer who was farthest from the scene. 

Gunfire already had started in the clip they were shown, they said, and it was unclear what had happened in the moments before the shooting.    

Cherry-Lassiter, who watched the video multiple times and took notes, said some deputies were wearing tactical uniforms and some in plainclothes.

'They're shooting and saying let me see your hands at the same time,' she said. 

Crump confirmed that he would hold a press conference on Tuesday at 11am to discuss autopsy results.  

'It's clear to us there is something bad on that bodycam video,' he said. 

'Transparency is essential.'

Witnesses said Brown got into his car  (pictured) and was driving away when the deputy opened fire

Witnesses said Brown got into his car  (pictured) and was driving away when the deputy opened fire

Crump had said Monday: 'Now, you all may have noticed that they released a warrant saying all kinds of things about Andrew Brown, but they want to redact the face of the ... officers that killed Andrew Brown.'

He added that law officials blurring deputies' faces are 'going to protect them and not show their face and not say their names ... because what they want to do is assassinate the character' of Brown.

Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II has said that multiple deputies fired shots. Elizabeth City police were not involved in the shooting.  

Wooten has said 'only a judge can release the video', adding: 'That's why I've asked the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to confirm for me that the releasing of the video will not undermine their investigation.' 

He said he hopes to file a motion for its release Monday. 

Brown's death spurred an outcry from community members who demanded law enforcement accountability and the immediate release of deputies' body camera footage. 

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools said they are operating remotely until at least Friday 'due to the continuously evolving state of civil unrest'. 

Chief Deputy Daniel Fogg (left) and Sheriff Tommy S. Wooten issued a video on Monday night

Chief Deputy Daniel Fogg (left) and Sheriff Tommy S. Wooten issued a video on Monday night


Protestors block an intersection after an emergency city council meeting on Friday evening

Protestors block an intersection after an emergency city council meeting on Friday evening 

The arrest warrant released on Monday was obtained by the Pasquotank County sheriff's office and signed by a local judge, to allow the search of Brown's Elizabeth City home. 

It said that an investigator in nearby Dare County was told by the informant that the person had been purchasing crack cocaine and other drugs for over a year from Brown. 

The informant described purchasing drugs at the house that was the target of the search.

The warrant said that, in March, local narcotics officers used the informant to conduct controlled purchases of methamphetamine and cocaine from Brown on two separate occasions. 

It says both drug transactions were recorded using audio and video equipment.

The search warrant said investigators believed Brown was storing drugs in the home or two vehicles. 

The document, which indicated the search wasn't completed, did not list anything found.

The arrest warrants, which were released last week, charged him with possession with intent to sell and deliver three grams of each of the drugs. 

Racial justice advocates had joined Brown's relatives on Saturday demanding the footage

Racial justice advocates had joined Brown's relatives on Saturday demanding the footage

On Saturday, Brown's family was joined by the local clergy and civil rights leaders including the Rev. William Barber II in Elizabeth City as they put further pressure on officials to make the videos public.

Barber said at the news conference attended by several of Brown's children and other family members: 'America, here is the issue: A warrant is not a license to kill, even if a suspect supposedly drives away.

'A warrant is not permission to shoot someone. We're sick and tired of all these deaths happening that don't have to happen. Release the tapes!'

Keith Rivers, president of the Pasquotank County branch of the NAACP, also spoke at the conference to call for Wooten's resignation.   

On Friday, the state's governor, Roy Cooper, a Democrat, issued a statement calling for the swift release of the footage.

'Initial reports of the shooting in Elizabeth City and death of Andrew Brown, Jr. this week are tragic and extremely concerning,' Cooper tweeted. 

'The body camera footage should be made public as quickly as possible and the SBI should investigate thoroughly to ensure accountability.' 

Police described Brown as someone who was well known to police, with a criminal history dating back to the 1990s, including past drug convictions.

Neighbor Demetria Williams, who witnessed part of the shooting, said she never saw Brown carry a gun, and that deputies fired into his car as he was trying to get away from them.

He crashed his car moments later, with Williams saying she saw Brown 'slumped' in his vehicle as he died of his gunshot wounds. 

3 comments:

  1. Golly geee......another career criminal's career cut short....how horrible is this?

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    1. HYPOCRITICAL INCOHERENT COMMENT

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    2. HAHAHA...Move over Fentanyl Floyd, here comes another one of your "brothers". Another Dindu Nuffin.

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