Judge Blocks Public Release Of Bodycam Video In Andrew Brown Jr. Shooting

CBS4's Manuel Bojorquez shares the latest details.

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JEFF FOSTER: The court is going to find that, with regard to the media's request for release, that the media is not a party contemplated under 132-1.4G for release.

ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: All new at 5:00, a judge in North Carolina has denied requests to publicly release police body camera footage in the deadly shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. The decision comes a day after Brown's family released an independent autopsy report that shows Brown was shot five times, including to the back of the head. CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez has the latest from North Carolina.

MANUEL BOJORQUEZ: A North Carolina judge ruled against the immediate public release of body cam video of sheriff's deputies fatally shooting Andrew Brown Jr. last week, saying it could jeopardize the investigation.

JEFF FOSTER: The release would create a serious threat to the fair, impartial, and orderly administration of justice.

ANDREW WOMBLE: The video, the body cam--

MANUEL BOJORQUEZ: During the hearing, the district attorney said that Brown's car made contact with law enforcement officers before they opened fire.

ANDREW WOMBLE: The next movement of the car is forward. It is in the direction of law enforcement, and makes contact with law enforcement. It is then and only then that you hear shots.

MANUEL BOJORQUEZ: That goes against what Brown family lawyer Chantel Cherry-Lassiter said after watching a small clip of the body cam video.

CHANTEL CHERRY-LASSITER: I still stand by what I saw in that clippet. I told everyone what I saw. We had 20 seconds, we watched it over and over to ensure that-- I tried as best as I could not to miss anything.

HARRY DANIELS: And that's the whole reason. If you have a dispute in facts, show the tape.

MANUEL BOJORQUEZ: The hearing comes a day after Brown's family released an independent autopsy showing he suffered five gunshot wounds, four to the arm and one fatal shot to the back of the head. Faith leaders led a march to the scene of Brown's shooting Wednesday. North Carolina's governor wants a special prosecutor to take over the case to ensure it is conducted without bias. Manuel Bojorquez, CBS News, Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: Now, the judge also said he would allow the disclosure of redacted body cam videos to Brown's son.