(Washington, D.C.) – A North Carolina judge on Wednesday declined to release body camera footage in the shooting of Andrew Brown. The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, acting president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:
“We deserve a country where we all are treated with compassion, respect, and dignity. But far too often lives are snatched away needlessly by those who are sworn to serve and protect. In those unbearable circumstances, families and communities need the compassion, respect, and dignity that comes with full transparency. That begins with releasing the full, unredacted videos to Mr. Brown’s family and the general public without delay.”
About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes. For more information, please visit https://lawyerscommittee.org.