At a news conference after Tuesday’s viewing, Chance D. Lynch, a lawyer who reviewed the recordings with the family, said that the six videos they watched did not show Mr. Brown making contact with any deputies as he tried to flee from his home in his BMW sedan.
“We were able to see where they possibly reached out to make contact to him,” Mr. Lynch said of the deputies. “But we did not see any actions on Mr. Brown’s part where he made contact with them or try to go in their direction. In fact, he did just the opposite.”
Mr. Lynch said that what he saw squared with the 20-second snippet viewed five days after the shooting by the family and another lawyer, Chantel Cherry-Lassiter, who said at the time that the video clip she saw showed Mr. Brown’s “execution.”
According to Mr. Lynch, the videos he saw Tuesday showed Mr. Brown’s hands visible as deputies engaged with him. When the deputies arrived on the scene, Mr. Lynch said, they were yelling different commands to Mr. Brown. “Some of them were saying, ‘Show your hands,’ another was saying, ‘Get out,’” he said.
A shot was fired, Mr. Lynch said, at which time Mr. Brown, 42, put his car in reverse, placing him “several feet if not yards away from the police who were there.” Mr. Brown then turned his car away from the officers, Mr. Lynch said.
“At no point did we ever see any police officers behind his vehicle,” he said. “At no point did we ever see Mr. Brown make contact with law enforcement.”
As Mr. Brown turned to go across a yard by the side of his house, Mr. Lynch said, a second shot was fired. Mr. Brown, he said, picked up speed, making tracks in the turf, while the police began “unloading their weapons.”