The family of an African-American who was killed by police in the United States last week condemned an “execution” on Monday, after watching a short clip of a video of the incident, filmed by a pedestrian camera of one of the police officers who was there.
Local police, for their part, said the video was automatically fragmented to the point where they could not make any decisions.
“My father was hanged and tried to save his skin,” Khalil Ferrero, one of the sons of Andrew Brown Jr., was shot dead by police on the 21st, he told reporters. Carolina in April in the small town of Elizabeth in the north.
The circumstances of his death are uncertain, but, according to local media, citing witnesses, the 42-year-old African-American man and father were shot dead while driving his car away from authorities.
An arrest and search warrant has been issued for Andrew Brown Jr., a police officer investigating a drug case.
His family and their lawyers were able to see an extract of the video, which was filmed by an officer’s pedestrian camera, which lasted only twenty seconds.
The footage showed Andrew Brown Jr. “having his hands fixed on the wheel, and they approached his vehicle and opened fire,” said one of the family’s attorneys, Chandel Cherry-Laciter, who turned his shotgun on himself as officers drove away. “
Police demanded that the video be made public, and arrested a judge. According to local television WBTV, a trial will take place on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. (2:00 p.m. GMT).
“This tragic accident was quick and lasted less than 30 seconds, and the video coming from the pedestrian cameras is moving and sometimes difficult to analyze,” Pascotong County Sheriff Tommy Wooden said Monday.
“They only tell part of the story,” he assured police, who continued to “question witnesses and gather more information.”
The officers involved are on leave, the sheriff said.
Videos filmed by passers-by or police pedestrian cameras have played a key role in the recent investigation into the deaths of African Americans at the hands of police, in the wake of the recent investigation into George Floyd’s murderer Derek Suev. .
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