Seven deputies in North Carolina have been placed on leave after the fatal police shooting of Andrew Brown Jr.
The Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to The Hill that seven deputies are on paid administrative leave amid increased scrutiny over this week’s fatal shooting of Brown.
Activists are pressing for the release of police body camera footage of the Wednesday shooting, though the sheriff’s office has said the footage cannot be released without a court order.
Pasquotank Sheriff Thomas S. Wooten said during a video statement Wednesday that Brown was fatally shot during an altercation when deputies attempted to serve an arrest warrant for felony drug charges.
“Our deputies attempted to serve the arrest warrant. They fired the shots. They’ve been put on administrative leave until we know all the facts,” Wooten told reporters, saying that the shots were fired after a car pulled away from the scene.
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“Obviously, the loss of life is a tragedy and obviously we’re thinking of the family members and the community,” White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn The Money: White House sees GOP infrastructure plan as starting point | Biden to propose capital gains tax hike Overnight Health Care: Pelosi pushes for drug pricing measure | South Africa to resume administering Johnson & Johnson vaccine | Early data indicate Pfizer, Moderna vaccines safe for pregnant women Texas, Stephen Miller sue to force deportation of children, other migrants due to pandemic MORE said at her daily briefing Friday.
The furor over Brown’s death comes as the nation grapples with a string of police killings of Black Americans. Activists are taking to the streets over the fatal police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old Black girl in Columbus, Ohio, and Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, was convicted of murder on Tuesday.