Elon Law scholar interviewed for TV coverage of Andrew Brown Jr.

Professor and Senior Scholar Steve Friedland has spoken to regional news organizations in recent weeks for continuing coverage of the police shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in North Carolina.

Elon Law Professor and Senior Scholar Steve Friedland

An Elon Law scholar with extensive expertise in criminal law has been a go-to source for regional news organizations in their coverage of a Black man killed by police this spring in eastern North Carolina as deputies attempted to serve a warrant.

Professor and Senior Scholar Steve Friedland most recently appeared on WTKR Channel 3 in Norfolk, Virginia, as the station reported on the footage from police-worn body cameras that captured the moment Brown died.

Parts of the footage were publicized in a May 18 news conference where the district attorney in Pasquotank County announced that no charges would be filed against the deputies involved in the shooting.

“This law was intended to control what happens to body cam footage,” Friedland said in WTKR’s latest report. “It has had, however, unintended consequences. When you tell people you can’t see something, people want to see it even more and that’s what we’ve seen in this case.”

Other news organizations that have interviewed Friedland include WFMY News 2 in Greensboro and 91.5 WUNC, an NPR affiliate out of Chapel Hill.

Friedland is a founding member of the law school faculty. In addition to law teaching, he has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and as an Assistant Director of the Office of Legal Education in the Department of Justice.

An accomplished scholar who has published articles in several renowned journals, Friedland’s books on Evidence Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure and Law School Teaching have been published by the West Publishing Company, Aspen Press, Lexis Publishing Company and Carolina Academic Press.

Friedland was elected to the American Law Institute, served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Law School Admission Council, and is a current member of the Lexis Advisory Board. He has won numerous teaching awards at several law schools over three decades and was named one of the best law teachers in America by the Harvard University Press book, “What the Best Law Teachers Do.”