Andrew Brown Jr. was fatally shot by Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Deputies in Elizabeth City on April 21 when they attempted to serve him with an arrest warrant, according to the sheriff’s office.
“There is no doubt that the seven officers involved, including the three shooters, have worked directly with you and your office for years to pursue various cases,” family lawyers wrote in a letter to Womble on Wednesday.
Seven MPs were put on administrative leave following the shooting, two more resigned and one deputy retired, according to Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten.
Not all MPs who were placed on administrative leave did not unload their guns, Wooten said, but they were all part of the warrant operation.
The letter, signed by the Bakari Sellers family lawyer, requested that “in the interests of fairness, transparency and the pursuit of the ends of justice”, Womble transfer the case to another jurisdiction and “Recuse himself immediately”.
“You and your office not only work daily with Sheriff Wooten and his deputies, but your office physically resides in the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Department,” the attorneys wrote. “The conflict is well defined. “
CNN has reached out to Womble for comment.
This week, a North Carolina judge issued an order allowing Brown’s immediate family to view body camera footage of his fatal encounter with law enforcement. Some family members will be allowed to view videos on May 11, according to the sheriff’s office.
Authorities previously showed the family what relatives said was 20 seconds of video – which one of their lawyers described as an “execution” and MPs are seen shooting Brown as he sat in his room. vehicle, hands on the wheel.
Protesters called almost every night for the full release of the videos. Another demonstration with members of the clergy was scheduled for Saturday.
CNN’s Natasha Chen and Kevin Conlon contributed to this report from Elizabeth City, North Carolina.