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Andrew Brown Jr. family files $30M federal lawsuit in North Carolina

The family of Andrew Brown Jr. – a Black man shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies coming to serve search and arrest warrants at his home in Elizabeth City, N.C. – filed a $ 30 million federal lawsuit on Wednesday. 

The lawsuit filed at the federal courthouse in the Eastern District of North Carolina comes months after 42-year-old Brown was shot and killed by Pasquotank County Sheriff’s deputies serving drug-related warrants at his home in Elizabeth City on April 21. 

Amid ongoing demonstrations at the time, Andrew Womble, the elected district attorney for North Carolina’s Judicial District 1, cleared the deputies of any wrongdoing in May, announcing that the shooting “while tragic, was justified” because Brown allegedly used his vehicle as a deadly weapon. 

Standing outside the courthouse Wednesday, civil rights attorney Bakari Sellers said the federal lawsuit was filed because the family didn’t believe they could get justice in the sheriff’s office or in state court. 

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“We had to come where we believe Lady Justice is blind and will have all things be equal,” he said. “We stand in front of this federal courthouse because we believe this is where Andrew Brown will finally get justice because he did not get justice in life and so far hasn’t even gotten justice in death.” 

Harry Daniels, another lawyer representing the Brown family, listed Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II and several deputies as defendants in the lawsuit. He also stressed that he would get all body camera footage of the shooting released despite past limits set by a state Superior Court judge. 

“Justice delayed will not be justice denied,” Daniels said. “Now that we have filed a federal lawsuit, let me be very clear in saying that I and this team have compulsory authority, federal subpoena authority, to get all the videos, all the tapes, all the recordings, all the records. And no district attorney, no county administrator and no state court can stop us from doing that because federal law trumps state law.”  

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The filing is the latest in a string of federal civil rights lawsuits in the wake of high-profile police shootings of Black people. The family of George Floyd, who was killed in Minneapolis police custody last year, agreed to a $ 27 million settlement in March. In September, the city of Louisville, Kentucky, agreed to pay Breonna Taylor’s family $ 12 million and reform police practices.

Womble has said that Brown’s past involvement with law enforcement included multiple resisting arrest charges and convictions dating back to 1995. Investigators had used an informant to conduct controlled purchases of methamphetamine and cocaine from Brown on two separate occasions in March before obtaining the search and arrest warrants that ultimately resulted in his death. 

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Residents have routinely gathered in protest. One of the deputies who fired his gun at Brown’s car has resigned. The FBI also launched a civil rights investigation into the death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Andrew Brown Jr. Shooting: Prosecutor Says It Was 'Justified'

A North Carolina prosecutor said on Tuesday that the fatal shooting of a Black man in Elizabeth City, N.C., by local sheriff’s deputies was justified, because the man, Andrew Brown Jr., used his car as a “deadly weapon” as he tried to evade arrest. The deputies will not face criminal charges, he said.

R. Andrew Womble, the district attorney for North Carolina’s First Judicial District, made the announcement in a news conference on Tuesday, during which he described Pasquotank County sheriff’s deputies’ efforts to serve a drug-related warrant on Mr. Brown and showed snippets of police body camera video from the brief, deadly encounter.

The facts of this case, Mr. Womble said, “clearly illustrate the officers who used deadly force on Andrew Brown Jr. did so reasonably, and only when a violent felon used a deadly weapon to place their lives in danger.”

Three deputies opened fire on Mr. Brown as he tried to get away in his car on April 21, firing 14 shots. His death, just days after a jury found a Minneapolis police officer guilty of murdering George Floyd, another Black man, sparked days of peaceful protest in Elizabeth City, a majority-Black city of 18,000 people on North Carolina’s eastern coast.

The family of Mr. Brown and their lawyers, who saw some video footage of the shooting earlier, have described it as an “execution,” arguing that deputies overreacted by opening fire on a man who was trying to get away from them, not hurt them. They said a private autopsy showed that he was hit by five bullets and killed by a shot to the back of the head.

But Mr. Womble said on Tuesday that Mr. Brown, at one point, drove his car “directly at” a deputy, giving the officers the legal right to open fire. Mr. Womble said an official autopsy showed that Mr. Brown was shot twice, including in the head, during an interaction that took a total of 44 seconds.

The prosecutor said that after the deputies arrived at Mr. Brown’s house to serve the warrant and surrounded him while he was in his car, Mr. Brown put the vehicle in reverse. At that point, Mr. Womble said, Sgt. Joel Lunsford, who had his hand on the driver’s side door handle, “was pulled over the hood of Brown’s vehicle, where his body and his safety equipment were struck by the vehicle.”

Mr. Womble said that Mr. Brown ignored deputies’ commands to stop, continued to back up and then put the car in drive. At that point, Sergeant Lunsford was “directly in front of the vehicle,” Mr. Womble said, and Mr. Brown drove directly at him.

“It was at this moment that the first shot was fired” by sheriff’s investigator Daniel Meads, Mr. Womble said. It went through the front windshield. Then multiple shots rang out.

The prosecutor said that a bag with a substance containing what is believed to be crystal methamphetamine was found in Mr. Brown’s mouth by the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy.

The officers, Mr. Womble said, were “duty-bound to stand their ground, carry through on the performance of their duties, and take Andrew Brown into custody. They could not simply let him go, as has been suggested.”

Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina, a Democrat, had asked Mr. Womble to turn the case over to a special prosecutor, as have lawyers for the Brown family. Mr. Womble said Tuesday that a special prosecutor was not accountable to the people of North Carolina’s seven-county First Judicial District. “I am,” he said.

Bakari Sellers, one of the lawyers representing Mr. Brown’s family, said that Mr. Womble’s decision was “disappointing, but expected.” The video played by Mr. Womble at his news conference, Mr. Sellers said, shows “an unjustified shooting,” despite the prosecutor’s decision.

“It shows you why you shouldn’t take any solace in the George Floyd verdict,” Mr. Sellers said. “Because justice in cases like this is so fleeting. What we saw today illustrates just how difficult it is for officers to be held accountable.”

Ronald Wright, a professor of criminal law and criminal procedure at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., said Mr. Womble’s decision most likely ended the possibility of any state-level criminal prosecution of the officers.

But he said that Mr. Womble’s decision does not prevent the Brown family from pursuing civil litigation. He also noted that there is a federal investigation of the shooting by the F.B.I., which is working with federal prosecutors and the civil rights division of the Justice Department.

That investigation could potentially include exploring whether the deputies deprived Mr. Brown of his constitutional rights by using excessive force.

“You can hope that the D.O.J. can come in,” said Mr. Sellers, the lawyer for the Brown family. “Unfortunately, that may be our last hope.”

Mr. Womble’s description of the police body and dash camera footage was starkly different from the description offered by Mr. Brown’s family and members of their legal team, who had been given two occasions to see some of the footage.

“We did not see any actions on Mr. Brown’s part where he made contact with them or try to go in their direction,” said Chance D. Lynch, a lawyer who reviewed about 20 minutes of the recordings with family members this month. “In fact, he did just the opposite.”

A slow-motion review of the footage from the news conference by The New York Times’s Visual Investigations unit shows that after deputies surrounded Mr. Brown’s car with weapons drawn, he appears to clip an officer when he reverses briefly.

Mr. Brown then drives forward, toward the same deputy, and tries to drive away between him and a second, appearing to try to avoid hitting them while driving across a vacant lot. As he appears to be directing the car away from the deputy in front of him, who briefly places his left hand on the hood of the car, an officer fires the first shot, according to the Times review.

A local judge delayed the public release of the body camera videos, citing concerns that their release could compromise the investigation. The decision angered demonstrators and family members who said members of the public should have the right to see the recordings and decide for themselves whether the shooting was justified.

Although Mr. Womble showed portions of the video on Tuesday, he said he was not authorized to release the full footage publicly.

Christoph Koettl contributed reporting.

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Gordon Brown pinpointed Nicola Sturgeon's biggest weakness: 'She has a problem'

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Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has launched a new campaign to keep the Union together by appealing to the voters of “Middle Scotland”. Mr Brown said his two-year-old thinktank “Our Scottish Future” was being converted into a “campaigning movement”. He said it would put “the positive, progressive and patriotic case for Scotland in Britain”, and urged people to join it.
The group will make the case for a “reformed” UK, Mr Brown said, and target the 40 percent of Scots who he believes are not strongly committed to either the Union or independence.

Mr Brown’s comments come in the wake of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon leading the SNP to a landslide fourth term in office on a manifesto pledge to hold another independence referendum.

It is not a surprise the former Prime Minister would intervene in the debate.

Mr Brown played a prominent role in the lead-up to, and the aftermath of, the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, campaigning for Scotland to stay in the UK.

For example, in a keynote speech in Fife, the former Prime Minister brilliantly shed light on the implications of independence for the rest of the UK.

He argued that England, Wales and Northern Ireland would benefit, as independence would see them get the lion’s share of the pension fund.

He claimed pensions were the third of Alex Salmond’s “real” problems after former Chancellor George Osborne ruled out a formal deal to share the pound and ex-European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said it would have been “difficult, if not impossible” for a separate Scotland to join the EU.

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The Scottish Government’s White Paper on independence during the 2014 referendum promised that workers’ state pension entitlements would have been honoured and raised the prospect of having a lower retirement age than the UK.

However, Mr Osborne’s decision to rule out a currency union raised questions about this pledge, particularly regarding what currency Scots’ state pensions would have been calculated and paid in.

Launching a campaign to “keep our British pensions”, Mr Brown said: “They [the separatists] haven’t answered the basic problem – you have paid into your pension, into the UK Exchequer all your lives, you’ve paid your national insurance, you’ve paid your taxes so that you have a right to a pension.

“You are expecting, quite rightly, that you will get a British pension – but if there is independence, the British pension stops, the national insurance fund that you’re paying into is broken up.

“There will be a separate Scottish national insurance fund, and the rest of the UK will have the lion’s share.”

Mr Brown also argued that the SNP‘s estimates for oil revenues – which would have helped fund pensions under independence – were at odds with private documents leaked to the media.

He added: “They didn’t expect to get £6.9billion from oil, they only expect to get £4billion … far from having all these billions of resources, the SNP are exaggerating all the time.

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“That difference of over two million is the equivalent of half the amount of money spent on everybody’s pension in Scotland.

“If that money is not there, how are pensions going to be afforded?”

He said the current system worked thanks to the pooling of risks and resources across the UK.

He explained: “We pay our national insurance and we pay our taxes so that we can pay for our pensions later. We have more needs (in Scotland) and more pensioners, therefore we get more.

“The SNP know that they have got a problem … the rising demand for pensions, set against the money that they have, means there is greater volatility in social security spending.”

Gregg McClymont, the former Labour pension spokesman, also said at the time: “Withdraw Scotland from the UK and Scots are withdrawn from the UK pensions system.

“The UK state pension would cease to exist in Scotland.

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“The security and certainty of the UK’s pension promise would disappear overnight for Scottish pensioners and for the rest of us who have been paying into the system.”

However, Nicola Sturgeon, who at the time was Deputy First Minister, rebutted: “The last person anyone in Scotland will take lessons from when it comes to pensions is Gordon Brown – the man who destroyed final-salary pension schemes with his £100billion raid, and insulted our older folk with a miserly 75p increase in the state pension.

“Mr Brown’s track record means that he lacks all credibility on this subject, so it is little wonder that his speech bears little relationship with reality.”

The Scottish Government’s White Paper in 2014 promised to pay state pensions “on time and in full” after independence, but did not stipulate how this would be administered or funded.

It also pledged to review the UK Government’s decision to increase the state retirement age to 67 between 2026 and 2028, stating this may not be necessary thanks to lower life expectancy in Scotland.

But the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) published a report stating the document had failed to answer a series of key questions about pensions.

Despite the SNP’ claims to the contrary, the institute said funding the state pension in a separate Scotland would have been “more of a challenge” because there would have been fewer taxpayers for each old age pensioner.

In the last few years, Ms Sturgeon has not made any comments on whether Scots will be able to retain their pensions in case of independence.

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‘Here We Are Again’: Police Killings Loom Over Andrew Brown Funeral

In a funeral that served as both a celebration of life and a condemnation of racist policing in America, the family of Andrew Brown Jr. was joined in Elizabeth City, N.C., on Monday by the relatives of other Black men killed by police officers.

Speaking to Mr. Brown’s sons, Eric Garner’s grandmother offered her love and friendship. George Floyd’s sister said she shared their pain. Daunte Wright’s sister said she was outraged.

Mr. Brown, 42, was killed by Pasquotank County sheriff’s deputies on April 21 while they tried to arrest him during a drug raid. But many details of the shooting remain unclear, and last week a North Carolina judge declined to publicly release the body camera footage for at least 30 days.

Other guests at the funeral, including the Rev. Al Sharpton and Ben Crump, a lawyer for the family, compared the killing of Mr. Brown to the deaths of several other Black people at the hands of police officers, from Mr. Floyd to Breonna Taylor.

“Here we are again,” said Bakari Sellers, a lawyer and former South Carolina state representative. “To many people this is just another Black body, but to us it’s a brother, a father, a nephew, a loved one.”

The funeral largely served as a call to action, though some of Mr. Brown’s family members used the occasion to remember him as a loving father, or a cousin to look up to.

Jha’rod Ferebee, one of his sons, said that his father was his “best friend” and that “every time you seen me, you seen him.” Khalil Ferebee, another son, said that the circumstances of the gathering were grim, but that Mr. Brown would have loved to see some of his favorite people gathered together.

“He would have loved this,” Khalil Ferebee said. “I just wish he was here with us. As much as I’m going to wish and wish and wish all day, it’s not going to happen.”

Mr. Brown was killed one day after a Minneapolis jury convicted the former police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering Mr. Floyd. During Mr. Brown’s funeral, his death was put alongside a list of names dating as far back as Emmett Till, a 14-year-old who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955.

“We thought that George Floyd represented that we were going to stop this unnecessary, unjustifiable killings of Black men,” said Mr. Crump, who is also representing Mr. Floyd’s family.

Mr. Crump continued to demand the full release of body camera footage — the family has been shown a 20-second clip — that could shine light on Mr. Brown’s death. He was shot five times and killed by a shot to the head, according to a private autopsy.

City-owned video that was obtained by WAVY, a Virginia-based television station, showed that deputies with the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office were dressed in tactical gear before they pulled into Mr. Brown’s driveway. Seven deputies were initially placed on administrative leave.

During the funeral on Monday, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, the former president of the North Carolina N.A.A.C.P., told Mr. Brown’s family to take comfort in the level of attention and support from across the country. Protesters have regularly gathered in Elizabeth City since his death.

“Andrew got brothers and sisters, white, Black, brown, Asian, gay, straight — all of them coming together,” Dr. Barber said. “I want you to be comforted in that.”

Mr. Sharpton said the failure to release the body camera footage was a “shell game,” and called on the Justice Department to investigate the shooting and the perceived lack of transparency in the case.

“The challenge of these times is how we’re going to deal with policing in America,” he said, adding, “I know a con game when I see it; release the whole tape and let the folks see what happened to Andrew Brown.”

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Mourners Gather for Funeral of Andrew Brown Jr.

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Mourners were gathering Monday for the funeral of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man shot and killed by deputies in North Carolina, with eulogists planning to celebrate his legacy and reflect on his life.

The invitation-only service at noon in a church in Elizabeth City follows public viewings that drew scores of people the previous day. The Rev. Al Sharpton is to deliver the eulogy, and other speakers include Brown’s relatives as well as civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Brown’s family, and the Rev. William Barber II, leader of the Poor People’s campaign.

Ahead of Monday’s service, funeral home workers brought floral arrangements into the church. In the lobby, a wreath of red and white flowers with a ribbon bearing the message, “Rest in Peace Drew,” referring to Brown’s nickname, stood next to a tapestry with images of him.

Brown, 42, was shot and killed on April 21 by deputies attempting to serve drug-related search and arrest warrants, sparking days of protests in the city in rural northeastern North Carolina. An independent autopsy commissioned by his family said that he was shot five times, including once in the back of the head.

Family members have said that Brown was a proud father of seven, who was known for entertaining relatives with his stories and jokes.

Brown’s family asked Sharpton to deliver the eulogy because they felt the civil rights leader would properly honor his legacy. Sharpton recently delivered the eulogy for Daunte Wright, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Minnesota.

Sharpton told The Associated Press that he wants to both celebrate Brown’s life and help call attention to larger problems with policing that need to be addressed.

“I would want to get across that this is a human being. And for us, it’s part of a continual abuse of police power,” he said.

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Andrew Brown Jr. Shooting: What We Know

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The killing of a 42-year-old Black man in coastal North Carolina by sheriff’s deputies is being scrutinized by state and federal authorities, and Gov. Roy Cooper has called for a special prosecutor to take over the case from a local district attorney.

Last week’s fatal shooting of the man, Andrew Brown Jr., while he was apparently driving away from deputies who were trying to execute drug-related search and arrest warrants, is drawing a lot of attention, coming so soon after the shooting deaths of Adam Toledo, 13, in Chicago and Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, in Columbus, Ohio.

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Anger and frustration are mounting as Mr. Brown’s family, backed by public officials, seek the release of the body-camera footage of his final moments, and as the names of the officers involved remain shrouded in secrecy.

Here’s what we know about the death of Mr. Brown.

Just before 8:30 a.m. on April 21, a Pasquotank Sheriff’s Office truck drove down a residential street and arrived at a home with deputies sitting in the back, dressed in tactical gear, video footage shows. Moments later, several shots were fired at Mr. Brown. (The video was obtained by WAVY, a Virginia-based television station, through a public records request.)

A 20-second snippet of a deputy’s body-camera footage was released to Mr. Brown’s family and their lawyer, who called it an “execution.” A private autopsy, paid for by his family, showed that he was hit by five bullets and killed by a shot to the head.

The family’s lawyer said that Mr. Brown was sitting inside his car, hands “firmly on the wheel,” when gunshots were fired. He did not appear to be holding a weapon, and was driving away as the police continued shooting.

The Pasquotank County sheriff said that deputies had been executing an arrest warrant on felony drug charges, but he did not reveal how many deputies were on the scene, how many of them opened fire, and how many rounds were fired. The shooting is being investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

The local version of a SWAT team, as well as deputies from another agency, were executing the arrest warrant when Mr. Brown was shot, the authorities said. Only a small share of officer-involved fatalities occur in these raids. But in a country where four in 10 adults have guns in their homes, they are the most combustible, and the police often use major shows of force to take these actions.

Mr. Brown’s family was told that no drugs or weapons had been retrieved from the property or the car, their lawyer said last week. And their legal team has not yet seen the search warrant that officials say was being executed at the time of the shooting.

In North Carolina, police body-camera videos can be released to the public only with a judge’s approval. Anyone may request the release of a video, though some stakeholders can object to its release or ask for sections to be blurred, said Frayda Bluestein, a professor of public law and government at the University of North Carolina.

The sheriff said that he wants body-camera video made public, and the county lawyer has filed a petition for the release of the videos.

A hearing on whether to release the body-camera footage was scheduled for Wednesday morning. The judge hearing the petition, filed by the sheriff’s office, was also expected to consider a separate petition requesting the release of the videos filed by a group of news media outlets, including The New York Times.

On Tuesday, Governor Cooper, a Democrat, also called for the video’s release. While some body-camera footage is released almost immediately, it’s not unusual for there to be a delay in the release.

Seven sheriff’s deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting, in an office that has 55 full-time deputies. We don’t know the names of those involved.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Tuesday that it was starting a civil rights investigation into the shooting by the agency’s Charlotte field office, which will work with federal prosecutors and the civil rights division of the Justice Department.

Elizabeth City is a historic town of about 18,000 people in the northeast corner of the state. Its mayor and its police chief are Black, as are 50 percent of its residents. There have been peaceful demonstrations there since the day of the shooting. Residents have been demanding that body-camera footage be released to the public. On Tuesday, though, officials in Elizabeth City and surrounding Pasquotank County established curfews from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“I feel like we are targeted,” said Councilman Gabriel Adkins, who was wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shirt while speaking at a City Council meeting last week.

“I’m afraid as a Black man walking around in this city, driving my car down the road, trying to make sure that I’m driving the speed limit, trying to make sure that I wear my seatbelt, trying to make sure that I do everything right, because I don’t want an officer to get behind me.”

All eyes will be on Wednesday morning’s hearing on whether to release the body-camera footage. Separately, Mr. Cooper has called for a special prosecutor to take over the case, which belongs to the local district attorney for now.

A funeral will be held Monday for Mr. Brown in Elizabeth City, with the Rev. Al Sharpton delivering the eulogy.

Sheriff Calls For Release of Video in Death of Andrew Brown Jr.

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Amid mounting public pressure, a North Carolina sheriff said on Saturday that he wants body-camera video made public after one of his deputies shot and killed a Black man.

The man, Andrew Brown Jr., was fatally wounded on Wednesday while the authorities were executing a search warrant and an arrest warrant on drug charges in Elizabeth City, officials said.

“We want transparency,” Tommy Wooten II, the Pasquotank County sheriff, said in a videotaped statement on Saturday. He emphasized that his office did not have the power to release the body-camera footage. It has been turned over to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and can be released only by a judge, he said.

Sheriff Wooten said that he had asked the State Bureau of Investigation to confirm that releasing the video would not undermine its investigation. If that confirmation is received, the county will file a motion in court — most likely on Monday — to have the footage released, he said.

“We know people want answers,” Sheriff Wooten said. “We know you’re angry. We understand and respect that. We ask for your patience and your support as we work to do the right thing.”

The office has also asked the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association to appoint an outside sheriff’s office to conduct an internal affairs investigation of everyone involved, said Daniel Fogg, the chief deputy.

Harry Daniels, a lawyer for Mr. Brown’s family, said that based on witnesses’ statements, it appeared that Mr. Brown had been shot while driving away from sheriff’s deputies. “To my understanding, Mr. Brown was not armed, and the bullets entered into the back of the vehicle,” Mr. Daniels said on Thursday.

The Sheriff’s Office statement followed a day of emotional statements from family members, activists and lawyers pushing for accountability in Mr. Brown’s death.

“If the shooting and the killing was self-defense or proper use of force, then show the truth,” the Rev. William J. Barber II said at a news briefing on Saturday. “If it wasn’t — show the truth. But Sheriff, D.A., law enforcement, you can’t just shut up. You must speak up.”

On Friday, Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said the body-camera footage should be released.

Mr. Brown’s family is in part represented by Ben Crump, the well-known civil rights lawyer who was among those representing the family of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The shooting in North Carolina took place one day after a jury had found a former police officer guilty of murder in Mr. Floyd’s death and as police violence against Black people has come under intense scrutiny across the country.

In addition to demanding the release of the body-camera footage, some community leaders also urged Sheriff Wooten to step down.

“We are not requesting — we are demanding the resignation of Sheriff Wooten,” Keith Rivers, president of the Pasquotank County branch of the N.A.A.C.P., said at a news conference on Saturday.

The Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the calls for resignation, Maj. Aaron Wallio said.

Maj. Wallio confirmed on Friday that seven of the department’s 55 full-time deputies had been placed on paid administrative leave after Mr. Brown’s death.

Mr. Brown’s family was told that no drugs or weapons had been retrieved from the property or the car, Mr. Daniels, their lawyer, said on Saturday. The family is pushing to see the body-camera footage privately, he said. And the legal team has not yet seen the search warrant that officials say was being executed at the time of the shooting.

“This is a moment in time that we have to seize and take back accountability and transparency,” he said. Mr. Brown, he said, was “taken by the hands of the ones who are sworn to protect and serve.”

Michael Levenson and Christina Morales contributed reporting.