Judge Denies Requests To Publicly Release Police Body Cam Footage In Andrew Brown Jr. Shooting

A judge denied requests to publicly release the police body camera footage of the shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr. in North Carolina; Manuel Bojorquez reports for CBS2.

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DICK BRENNAN: We have new information tonight in the police shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr. in North Carolina.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: Today, a judge denied requests to publicly release the police body camera footage. CBS 2's Manuel Bohorquez has the latest from Elizabeth City.

- 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.

- The video--

- 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.

- That goes against what Brown family lawyer, Chanel 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 I could not to miss anything.

- That's the whole reason. If you have disputed facts, show the tape.

- 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 Bohorquez, CBS News, Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

- The judge also said that he would allow the disclosure of redacted body cam videos to Brown's son.