RALEIGH — As critics line up to call for change to a North Carolina law that gives local courts authority over the release of body camera video after a judge refused to make public footage of deputies shooting and killing Andrew Brown Jr. one Robeson County lawmaker has stepped forward to defend it.

“Some, including legislators who voted to pass the 2016 law, have recently suggested changes to that process. We are always open to talking about improvements to any law, and this one is no different,” said Sen. Danny Britt, a Republican from Lumberton and co-chairman of the North Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee.

It’s too early to say whether or not changes are needed, Britt said.

The 2016 law states that law enforcement video is not public record and generally cannot be released without court approval. A judge ruled Wednesday that body camera and dashboard footage of Brown’s death must be kept from public view for at least another month…

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