Family attorneys: Police shot Andrew Brown Jr. in back of head as he drove away
What they're saying: Andrew Brown Jr. was backing up his vehicle and tried to drive away during the encounter with police, according to attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter. "He was not threatening them in any kind of fashion," she told reporters at a news conference.
- The deputies were serving warrants, according Fox6.
- Lassiter said she watched the video multiple times and noted that the shooting starts as soon as the video begins. At least eight deputies appear in the video, she said.
- "They’re shooting and saying 'let me see your hands' at the same time," she said. "His car is riddled with bullets."
- An eyewitness account and emergency scanner traffic had previously signaled that deputies shot Brown as he tried to drive away, AP reports.
- "He got executed," Khalil Ferebee, one of Brown's sons, said at the press conference as he grew emotional. "It ain't right."
- But authorities only showed the family 20 seconds of the video, and only footage from a single body camera, according to the family's lawyers.
- "They’re trying to hide something," attorney Benjamin Crump said.
A search warrant was released Monday saying deputies confronted Brown after he was recorded selling small amounts of cocaine and meth to an informant, per AP.
- Crump argued the department is trying to sway public opinion about Brown to protect itself while withholding the entire video.
The big picture: The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting, but authorities have released few details, AP notes.
- The killing led to protests and repeated demands for police to release the full video.