FBI Opens Civil Rights Investigation Into Killing of Andrew Brown Jr.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has opened a federal civil rights investigation into the killing of Andrew Brown Jr., a spokesperson said.

FBI Public Affairs Specialist Shelley Lynch confirmed to The News & Observer on April 27 that the FBI Charlotte Field Office has launched the investigation into the death of the 42-year-old Black man shot by Pasquotank County deputies in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

“Agents will work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice to determine whether federal laws were violated,” Lynch said, declining to comment further as the investigation is ongoing.

“We have great faith that this caliber of an investigation will prevent any obscuring of the facts released to the Brown family and public, and will overcome any local bias that may prevent justice from being served,” attorneys of Brown’s family said in a statement.

The confirmation of the investigation came a day after Brown’s family was allowed to watch 20 seconds of the body camera footage of the shooting.

Brown’s family and the attorneys have demanded for more footage to be released.

“If Andrew Brown Jr. did anything inappropriate and illegal, we all know the police would have put that video out right away. Instead, they continue to hide the truth and evade accountability,” Attorney Ben Crump said.

The attorneys also said in a press conference that an independent autopsy showed that Brown was shot five times, including once in the head.

Elizabeth City is currently under a curfew with arrests taking place as protests continue.

The seven deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave.

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