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Khalil Ferebee (center) and Jamiere Revelle (left), sons of Andrew Brown Jr., at a press conference addressing their father's death at the hands of police. Photo: Sean Rayford via Getty Images

Sheriff's deputies in North Carolina fatally shot a Black man in the back of his head, killing him as his hands were on the car's steering wheel, attorneys for the family said Monday.

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.

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Unarmed Virginia Black man shot by sheriff's deputy while on 911 call

Virginia state police are investigating reports that an unarmed Black man was shot by a sheriff's deputy who mistook his cordless house phone for a gun. The deputy had earlier given him a ride home, authorities said.

Driving the news: Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office released video late Friday of the shooting of Isaiah Brown, 32, who's in critical condition in a hospital with 10 bullet wounds following the shooting early Wednesday.

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Nuclear physicists trying to piece together how atoms are built are about to get a powerful new tool.

Why it matters: When the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams begins experiments later this spring, physicists from around the world will use the particle accelerator to better understand the inner workings of atoms that make up all the matter that can be seen in the universe.

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  3. Politics: Arizona governor sues Biden administration over COVID funds tied to mandates — Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies.
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