Officials in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, declared a state of emergency on Monday in anticipation of the release of police body camera footage of the police shooting last week of Andrew Brown Jr.
Sheriff's deputies were executing a drug-related warrant on Brown when he allegedly attempted to flee the scene. Officers supposedly fired rounds at the man, striking him in the back and killing him.
Although details of the case have currently only come through police department announcements, Brown's family was shown the video privately on Monday afternoon.
The police department announced its intent to share the video publicly after a lawsuit had been filed by the defendant's family to have its contents distributed to the general population.
"Only a judge can release the video. That's why I've asked the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to confirm for me that the releasing of the video will not undermine their investigation," said Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II. "Once I get that confirmation, our county will file a motion in court, hopefully Monday, to have the footage released."
In anticipation of violence and rioting, Elizabeth-City Pasquotank Public Schools has ordered a full remote learning schedule through next Friday.
"[The decision comes] due to the continuously evolving state of civil unrest in our local community and under the advisement of our local law enforcement partners," the school district said in a statement.