Andrew J. Brown, 42, a well-known drug dealer in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, was shot to death in his driveway while driving his car by Pasquotank County deputies on April 21.
Brown had a 180-page criminal record dating back to 1988 as a drug dealer. Brown was allegedly caught on camera selling drugs weeks before his death, according to investigators.
Agent R.D. Johnson of the Dare County Narcotics Task Force was in contact with a confidential source who claimed they had been buying narcotics from Brown for more than a year, according to an original search warrant signed by North Carolina Superior Court Senior Resident Judge Jerry R. Tillett on April 20. Brown had sold them various amounts of cocaine, “crack” cocaine, opium, and methamphetamine on many occasions, according to the informant.
According to the warrant, investigators suspect the business at 421 Perry St. in Elizabeth City is “being used to store, package, and sell drugs, namely ‘crack’ cocaine.” Brown was suspected of having two vehicles that were often seen at the residence and were being used to store, traffic, and distribute illicit drugs. According to the warrant, there is reason to believe Brown used his home as a “safe place” to store narcotics, cash, and keep track of sales or monies owed.
Seven Pasquotank County deputies have been placed on administrative leave since the shooting.
North Carolina declared a state of emergency ahead of the release of the Brown family’s private bodycam video viewing of the incident, in order to deter BLM domestic terrorists from burning and robbing the state over the shooting death of Andrew J. Brown.
According to the Daily Mail, a North Carolina law passed in 2016 allows law enforcement officers to display body camera footage to a victim’s family personally, but any public release must be authorized by a judge.
It’s unclear when a judge will make a decision or when the video will be released if the release is accepted. It has taken weeks in similar situations for the whole court process to play out.
Protesters, the family’s attorneys, and social justice activists have criticized the slow progress, pointing out that law enforcement authorities in other jurisdictions have acted more quickly.
A pathologist employed by Brown’s family conducted the independent autopsy on Sunday. Four wounds to the right arm and one to the head were discovered during the examination. The autopsy report from the state has yet to be published.
A copy of the death certificate, which describes the cause of death as a “penetrating gunshot wound of the head,” was also issued by the family’s lawyers. The death is classified as a suicide on the certificate, which was signed by a paramedic services teacher who also acts as a local medical examiner.
Brown’s relatives were given a 20-second clip of video from one deputy’s body camera the day before the autopsy results were released.
Chantel Cherry-Lassiter, one of the Brown family’s attorneys, said Monday that officers opened fire on Brown while he was holding the steering wheel of a car. According to her, the video showed Brown attempting to flee but posing no threat to police.
Today, District Attorney Andrew Womble released new facts about Brown’s shooting death that could change the game.
According to a prosecutor, Andrew Brown Jr. struck deputies with his car before they fired shots that killed him.
At a hearing on Wednesday, District Attorney Andrew Womble told a judge that he had reviewed body camera footage and disagreed with lawyers for Brown Jr.’s family’s assertion that his vehicle was stationary when the shooting began.
According to Womble, the video shows Brown’s car colliding with law enforcement twice before shots were heard.
‘As it backs up, it does make contact with law enforcement officers,’ He continued, adding that the car had come to a halt once more.
‘The next movement of the car is forward. It is in the direction of law enforcement and makes contact with law enforcement. It is then and only then that you hear shots.’
Brown Jr.’s family released an independent autopsy revealing he was shot five times, including in the back of the head, on Tuesday, prompting the FBI to begin a civil rights investigation into his murder.
As pressure mounted on authorities to release body camera video from last week’s shooting, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper called for a special prosecutor.
BLM demonstrators aren’t waiting for the legal proceedings to finish—led by black victim ambulance chaser and multi-millionaire lawyer Ben Crump, they’ve already shut down traffic in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, demanding that the bodycam video be made public.