April 26, 2021

Isaiah Brown, a 32-year-old Black man from Virginia, is fighting for his life after being shot 10 times by the same law enforcement officer who had helped Brown get home earlier the same day. Upon returning home, Brown had an altercation with his brother and called 911 for help.

Brown’s brother allegedly had a gun and would not let Isaiah into a room to retrieve his car keys and other personal effects. Dispatch labeled the call a domestic disturbance, and the same officer who had just given Brown a ride home returned to the house to investigate.

Brown was on the phone with dispatch when the officer arrived. He was holding a cordless home phone, which the Deputy misconstrued as a gun.

Body camera footage and 911 audio were released on Friday. In the recordings, Brown repeatedly tells dispatch he is unarmed. Minutes later, the officer can be heard screaming at Brown to “drop the gun” before saying “he’s got the gun to his head” and “stop walking towards me.”

David Haynes of The Cochran Firm in Washington D.C. is representing Brown’s case amid a flurry of national news coverage.

“It is evident that the tragic shooting of Isaiah Brown was completely avoidable,” said Haynes.

“The deputy in question made multiple, basic policing errors and violated established protocols. The deputy was situated nearly 50 feet from Isaiah, was never threatened and should not have discharged his weapon,” Haynes concluded.

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