The Virginia State Police are refusing to release police body cam video of a sheriff’s deputy shooting an unarmed Black man, Isaiah Brown, ten times in Spotsylvania County, Virginia on April 21.
Isaiah was given a ride to his home by the sheriff’s deputy after his car broke down at a nearby gas station, reports WRC-TV.
Isaiah reportedly grew worried about his car getting towed, and called 911 to see if the deputy could give him a ride back to the car, but when the deputy came back, he shot Isaiah ten times on the street.
Isaiah brother, Tazmon Brown, recalled the incident:
The officer just started shooting at him for no reason. I didn’t hear a warning shot. All I heard was “Hands up!” one time. And all he had was his phone, so I know he put his hands up.
The Brown family said Isaiah was in surgery and was wounded in the face, neck, chest and pelvic area. The family is seeking a lawyer and has contacted the NAACP.
The Virginia State Police falsely claimed Isaiah’s injuries were not life threatening; Isaiah had emergency surgery and is in intensive care.
The sheriff’s office claimed the call was a domestic situation between Isaiah Brown and a family member. A source within the county sheriff’s office said he was complaining about his brother.
The Virginia State police said they could not immediately comment on “any motive or circumstances” related to the shooting, which they are investigating.