The Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office and a media coalition have applied to the court to allow the videos to be revealed. Under North Carolina law, video with body cameras is not in the public domain and cannot be released without a court order.
Judge Jeff Foster has partially petitioned the sheriff’s office to allow Brown’s family and one of his legal representatives to watch the videos – but they will not be allowed to receive copies or recordings.
Before the family examined the footage, the judge ordered the sheriff’s office to blur the features of the deputies ‘faces, “to prevent identification pending the completion of any internal or criminal investigation into the deputies’ actions.”
The sheriff’s office said it was unclear whether Brown’s family would see the video on Friday.
“We are working on edits from the court hearing and reviewing the order to comply with the specifics included by the judge,” the sheriff’s office said in an email.
“We don’t expect to see something we don’t know anymore. We think it will show an unwarranted shooting,” said a source close to the Brown family. “No matter when we see it (the videos), we will notice everyone when they are watched and schedule a press.”
The order states that the disclosure of the video “will happen to the family within 10 days” of the order.
Protesters call almost every night for the full release of the videos. Another protest with clergy, including Bishop William Barber, is scheduled for Saturday.