Hundreds of protesters gathered in Elizabeth City North Carolina on Sunday to demand justice for Andrew Brown Jr who was killed by sheriffs deputies. As marchers moved throughout the city in protest, mourners came to pay their respects to Brown at a viewing.
The official autopsy of the unarmed Black man who was fatally shot in April by sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina says he died from a penetrating gunshot wound to the head. Andrew Brown Jr. also was shot in the right arm and suffered lacerations.
Video documented the death of George Floyd a year ago this week, but it wasn’t from policy body cameras. In North Carolina, police body camera footage is often released before a decision is reached on whether to file charges. And sometimes it’s not.
Two bills — one in the state House, the other in the Senate — would stiffen penalties for damaging property or injuring others during a riot. The bills come as North Carolinians continue to protest police violence toward Black individuals.