[Ed. – New normal: preemptively declaring emergencies to prepare for selectively-mounted riots. Only some disclosures are accompanied by riots. Most, even if they show police misconduct, go by without civil disturbances.]
A state of emergency has been declared in Elizabeth City, N.C., as the city awaits the release of body camera footage of the police shooting of Andrew Brown Jr.
Mayor Bettie Parker issued the declaration on Monday in anticipation of the footage’s release, after Pasquotank County Sheriff Thomas S. Wooten said last week that county officials sought to ask a court to release the footage this week.
Brown, a 42-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by police in the city last week. At the time, deputies were said to be attempting to serve an arrest warrant for felony drug charges. But when a car began to leave the scene, deputies fired at the vehicle.