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Andrew Brown Jr.’s son says snippet of body cam footage showed an ‘execution’

Khalil Ferebee, the son of Andrew Brown Jr., who was fatally shot by deputies in North Carolina last week, said his father’s death “was an execution” a day after viewing body camera footage on Monday.

“It was an execution. … It’s video that no son should see dealing with his father at all,” Ferebee said Tuesday while appearing on CNN’s “New Day.”

Members of Brown’s family were shown 20 seconds of footage from police body cameras on Monday. Their attorneys said more of the footage should have been provided, and they also argued that Brown’s full legal team was not shown the 20 seconds of video.

The family and attorneys say that Brown was not posing a threat to officers when he was shot and killed by them.

Chantel Cherry-Lassiter, an attorney for the family who did view the body camera footage, said it showed Brown, 42, was sitting in the car with his hands on the wheel when the shooting began. Brown then sought to escape police, who continued shooting. The police were trying to arrest Brown on a drug warrant.

Brown was killed one day after a jury in Minneapolis found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty in the murder of George Floyd.

Seven deputies from the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office have been placed on leave since the incident.

Pasquotank County Sheriff Thomas Wooten released a statement last week saying he had requested that the body camera footage be released.

“People have falsely claimed that my office has the power to do so; that is not true, only a judge can release the video,” Wooten said.

The sheriff stated that he wanted to make sure that releasing the footage would not compromise an investigation into the shooting being carried out by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

On Monday, a state of emergency was declared in Elizabeth City, N.C., in anticipation of the body camera footage from the incident being released.

“In order to absolutely ensure that the city has all state and/or federal resources necessary to protect our citizens during such period of civil unrest, we deem it necessary to declare a state of emergency,” Elizabeth City Mayor Bettie Parker said in her declaration.

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