North Carolina deputy governor shot and killed a black man while doing a search warrant on Wednesday, officials said, sparking outcry from community members calling for law enforcement and dissemination responsibility. Instant video from the camera
More than 24 hours after a black man was shot and killed by North Carolina lieutenant governor, devastated loved ones and frustrated protesters waited for details to piece together what happened.
Andrew Brown Jr. was murdered Wednesday morning in Elizabeth City, N.C., Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said.The deputy was working on a search warrant and has since been. He was also ordered to leave his job pending investigation, he said.
For many, the relief arising from the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Tuesday in the George Floyd murder was short-lived. More police killings were reported hours later, including 16-year-old Brown and Machia Bryant, who were shot dead by police on Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio.
Dozens of crowds at the scene of the shooting and hundreds later protested in the streets of Elizabeth City, urging police to immediately release more details, including camera footage Elizabeth City away from. Raleigh goes about 170 miles northeast.
“Elizabethan residents … they want the right to know what happened this morning,” city councilor Darius J. Horton said Wednesday. “There was a painful time in Elizabeth City”
The deputy, who was not identified, received a search warrant at Brown’s tenant on Wednesday morning when Brown was shot and killed around 8:30 am, according to witnesses Brown attempted to drive off. go
Brown’s neighbor, Demetria Williams, told the Associated Press she ran outside after hearing the gunshot, then saw the deputy fired several times at Brown.She also said the truck slid off Brown’s field and hit a tree.
“When they opened the door, he was dead,” Williams said. “He was down,” she said, trying to compress the chest on Brown.
Authorities removed a car from the scene that appeared to have multiple bullet holes and a broken rear windshield, the Associated Press reported.
A North Carolina deputy shoots dead a man while issuing a search warrant on Wednesday.
What are the protesters asking for?
As an emergency city council meeting was underway on Wednesday, protesters began gathering outside watching a live stream of the conference call, according to WAVY-TV.
The protests continued late into the night, with around 200 people marching in the city asking police to release body cameras, the television station reported.
“If the camera is turned on, it will have to be released as soon as possible to ensure justice,” Pasquotank NAACP president Keith Rivers told WSAV-TV.
Councilor Quentin Jackson, who told WRAL he knew Brown, called for the sheriff. “Give answers to people”
“No other leader has come here from the county to stand out here with the people,” Jackson said, “and the sheriff should come out here.”
The protests ended before 10 p.m. but vowed to return to the sheriff’s office on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. if body camera footage was not published.
The city’s public school said it was working on distance learning on Thursday. “Due to community concerns and of great caution,” although the protests do not explicitly refer to them.
What do we know about the deputy?
Sheriff Tommy Wooten II said at a news conference Wednesday that the deputy was wearing a body camera and was on leave.
Wooten did not specify a secondary identifier. He also did not say how many shots were fired or what the arrest warrant Brown was for.
“What we are looking for now will be a valid answer and not a quick answer,” District Attorney Andrew Wemble said in a press release. … and we will review and make any decisions that we deem appropriate at that time. This will not be an urgent decision.
Who is Andrew Brown Jr.?
Williams said neighbors knew the 42-year-old Brown as Drew and that he was not a violent person.
“He is not a threat to (Agent) He drove away even though he tried to escape, ”Williams said.
Brown’s aunt, Martha McCullen, who said she raised him after his parents died, described him as a good man and a father.
“The police don’t have to shoot my kids,” she told the Associated Press. “He’s going to bring his kids back … now his kids won’t see him again.”
He has 10 children, WAVY-TV reported.
Court records show that Brown had a history of drug charges and misdemeanor conviction.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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