No charges will be filed against the North Carolina sheriff’s deputies involved in Brown’s case, according to District Attorney Andrew Womble.
According to an ABC News story, the North Carolina sheriff’s officers involved in the killing of Andrew Brown Jr. will not face criminal charges. Following the end of a review by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, District Attorney Andrew Womble delivered the announcement on Tuesday (May 18).
Brown was pulled over in April as deputies attempted to serve him with an arrest warrant. As he attempted to flee, he was fatally shot. Brown was in his vehicle, posing no threat to police police, according to the late man’s family, who was allowed to view sections of body cam footage.
Authorities and District Attorney Andrew Womble, on the other hand, maintain that he drove straight at the policemen, hitting them twice before they shot him. Brown died as a consequence of a death shot to the back of his head, according to an independent autopsy.
The deputies’ excessive use of force, according to Womble, was “justifiable.” “Three deputies reasonably believed it was necessary to use deadly force to protect themselves and others as a result of Mr. Brown’s actions,” he added.
Seven deputies were placed on administrative leave at first, but once it was discovered that four of them had not fired their weapons during the incident, they were reinstated, leaving the other three policemen behind.
There were no other facts concerning the investigation released.
The decision not to press charges against the officers comes only days after Brown Jr.’s family pleaded with Womble to recuse himself from the case because of his ties to Elizabeth City Police.
Bakari Sellers, one of the attorneys representing Brown’s relatives, said, “Womble’s involvement would be a miscarriage of justice for Andrew Brown Jr., his family, and the residents of Elizabeth City.”
Brown’s family is still requesting that the body camera footage be made public.
This news was originally reported on Revolt TV