LIVE UPDATES: Elizabeth City, NC roads closed ahead of Andrew Brown Jr. bodycam court hearing

N.C. sheriff and media requesting release of bodycam footage from Andrew Brown Jr. death

Roads were closed in downtown Elizabeth City, North Carolina Wednesday ahead of a court hearing where a judge is to consider petitions to release body-camera footage of the deputy shooting of Andrew Brown Jr.

The hearing was scheduled to take place at the Pasquotank County Courthouse in Elizabeth City at 10 a.m. ET, Fox News has learned. Superior Court Judge Jeffery Foster is presiding.

At least six people were arrested as protests continued for a seventh straight night Tuesday. Dozens of protesters remained out on the streets in violation of the city’s curfew that went into effect at 8 p.m.

Police issued multiple unlawful assembly warnings for the crowd, which they said was “blocking officers and is continuing to violate North Carolina General Statutes.” “The final warning has been given to disperse,” Elizabeth City police said just before 10 p.m. “Arrests will be made at this time.”

A protester carries a Black Lives Matter flag shortly before the start of a dawn to dusk curfew following the killing of Andrew Brown Jr. by sheriffs last week, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, U.S. April 27, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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The protests come after the FBI launched a civil rights probe Tuesday into the death of Brown, a Black man killed in Elizabeth City on April 21 as deputies were serving drug-related search and arrest warrants.

His family also released an independent autopsy showing he was shot five times, including in the back of the head.

FAST FACTS

    • The FBI probe will look into whether any federal laws were broken during the attempted arrest
    • Elizabeth City declared a state of emergency Monday

    Elizabeth City declared a state of emergency Monday

    The public has demanded bodycam footage of the incident and a court hearing on access to the video was scheduled for Wednesday. Brown’s family said they viewed 20 seconds of bodycam footage on Monday.

    On Monday evening, hundreds of demonstrators marched through the city’s downtown area, as some carried signs and chanted: “Release the tape! The real tape!”

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