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Andrew Brown police killing: Lawsuit now alleges an officer’s weapon was altered after taking pictures and earlier than admitted as proof

Brown, a 42-year-old Black man, was killed on April 21 by Pasquotank County deputies in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, as they have been making an attempt to serve a warrant for his arrest.

District Attorney Andrew Womble introduced in May that the deputies who killed Brown have been justified in utilizing lethal pressure, saying Brown “recklessly” drove on the officers on scene whereas making an attempt to flee arrest.

The lawsuit alleges that Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Investigator Daniel Meads advised the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) throughout an investigation interview that he “altered the gun he used to shoot at Brown’s vehicle while he was in a dark room inside Brown’s house and before his weapon was confiscated as evidence.”

It is unclear what the lawsuit means by “altered” nor the influence that will have on the investigation.

The go well with alleges Meads didn’t inform SBI investigators about this once they first interviewed him, and solely advised the investigators after it was seen on one other officer’s physique digicam footage that he had eliminated his journal inside Brown’s home.

Meads advised SBI interviewers “that he manipulated his magazine while inside Brown’s house in order to see how many shots he fired prior to surrendering his weapon as evidence,” the lawsuit says.

A police detective from the city of Kitty Hawk, North Carlina, who was on the scene on the time advised SBI investigators in an interview that Meads requested him to shine a flashlight on him in Brown’s home so Meads “could count the remaining rounds in the magazine of his Glock-17,” in response to the lawsuit.

The detective additionally advised SBI investigators Meads “was stressing out about how many times he fired his weapon at Brown’s vehicle,” the lawsuit says.

Meads’ lawyer didn’t reply to CNN’s request for remark.

Why the lawsuit was modified

Harry Daniels, a lawyer for the Brown property, stated the lawsuit was amended to incorporate particular allegations towards the officers concerned as a result of extra detailed info got here to mild after the authorized staff gained entry to the SBI investigation recordsdata.

The SBI advised CNN that the recordsdata weren’t public document and wouldn’t enable CNN entry.

The lawsuit now names as defendants Meads, Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten, Deputy Sheriff II Robert Morgan, Cpl. Aaron Lewellyn and Western Surety Bonding Company, an insurance coverage firm for the division.

Attorneys for Morgan and Lewellyn didn’t reply to CNN’s request for remark, nor did Western Surety Bonding Company. Wooten’s lawyer Christopher Geis stated he could be submitting a response.

“We will be filing an answer to the allegations when the time comes, and that answer will speak for itself,” Geis stated.

The warrant wasn’t authorized, lawsuit says

The arrest warrant for Brown was illegal as a result of it was not signed by a choose, the lawsuit claims.

The go well with additionally says the 2 rating officers initially on the scene when police confronted Brown — Pasquotank County Sheriff’s sergeants — advised SBI investigators in every of their interviews that they didn’t fireplace their weapons as a result of they didn’t see any indication that Brown had a weapon. One of them advised investigators he didn’t suppose Brown’s automotive was going to hit him, the lawsuit says.

The go well with, which doesn’t title the district lawyer as a defendant, claims Womble knew or ought to have recognized about varied statements made within the SBI interviews cited within the lawsuit.

Womble didn’t reply to CNN’s request for remark.

The amended lawsuit makes allegations of assault and battery, wrongful demise and wrongful demise negligence / gross negligence towards all particular person defendants.

Plus, it makes allegations of assault and battery towards Wooten in his official capability as sheriff and allegations of extreme pressure in violation of the Fourth Amendment towards Meads, Lewellyn and Morgan.

The go well with requests a trial by jury and seeks greater than $30 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

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