Andrew Brown Jr. funeral: circumstances of 42-year-old’s death remain unclear

Andrew Brown Jr. funeral: circumstances of 42-year-old’s death remain unclear

“He was a caring person, and everything he did was for his children,” Brown’s son Khalil Ferebee told CNN last week. “He really loved us all. It’s just sad that my little brothers, my little sisters could have grown up without him now. ”

Brown’s funeral will be held at a Fountain of Life church in Elizabeth City, said Benjamin Crump, civil rights attorney and attorney for the Brown family. Members of the Brown and Crump family are expected to speak, with Reverend Al Sharpton, the civil rights leader, delivering the eulogy.

Family members of George Floyd and Eric Garner – other black men killed in encounters with law enforcement – are expected to attend, Crump said.

The protests continued on Sunday, with a demonstration on criminal justice reform staged in Brown’s honor. Brown’s family, community leaders and activists marched through Elizabeth City chanting her name and holding flags that read “Black Lives Matter”.

Authorities released some details about what led to the shooting on April 21, when Brown was shot and killed by Pasquotank County MPs trying to execute an arrest warrant. An independent autopsy ordered by Brown’s family and their lawyers revealed that Brown suffered five gunshot wounds – four to the right arm and one to the back of the head.

State law requires a court order for the broadcast of body camera images. A North Carolina judge ruled last Wednesday that Brown’s family would be allowed to view body camera footage from the shoot, but the videos would not be made public for 30 days.

Earlier in the week, Brown’s family were able to see a short clip of footage, lasting about 20 seconds, which a family lawyer said represented an “execution.”

“Take out the tapes,” chanted the demonstrators on Sunday. “The entire bands. The real tapes. “

“20 seconds! ”

” Not enough! ”

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Only two family members, including Ferebee, were able to view the footage with legal representatives Harry Daniels, one of the family’s attorneys told CNN on Sunday.

“I just don’t understand what they’re trying to accomplish,” Lillie Brown Clark, Brown’s aunt, told CNN. “What’s the point in charging video and taxpayers for body cameras if they aren’t seen?” “

Brown’s cousin Jadine Hampton told CNN that even though the family is in mourning, they can’t stop seeking justice.

Protesters calling for justice for Andrew Brown Jr. march on May 2, 2021 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.Protesters calling for justice for Andrew Brown Jr. march on May 2, 2021 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

“I think we are in mourning, but we are doing what we need to do,” she said. “Because the way things turned out, we have to be here, we have to support, we have to protest. We have a long way to go. “

“The first command is to release the tapes, all the tapes, all, all of the angles, all of the body cameras that were on,” Hampton said. “We have to see it. “

‘It’s pain’

The family and district attorney gave different accounts of what happened, with the latter saying in a court hearing last week that MPs fired when the car Brown was driving made contact with the police. But the family and their lawyers said Brown was driving to save his life.

The shooting is under investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. The FBI has also opened a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting, according to the office’s field office in Charlotte.

“I want you all to hear the pain in this community. The pain, the screams you hear, the agony you all hear – it’s pain, ”family lawyer Chantel Cherry-Lassiter told a press conference. last Tuesday. “And most of the time the pain is interpreted as rebellion or whatever people want to interpret like that. Call it that. It is painful for this family. It is painful for this community. “

Ma'Khia Bryant's funeral filled with appeals to protect black girlsMa'Khia Bryant's funeral filled with appeals to protect black girls

Brown’s funeral follows that of at least two other blacks killed in encounters with law enforcement in recent weeks: Daunte Wright and Ma’Khia Bryant.

Delivering the eulogy, Sharpton will reprise a role he held at the funeral of Wright, a black man who was shot and killed by a police officer last month in the suburb of Minneapolis at the Brooklyn Center.

Brown’s funeral also comes three days after the one in Columbus, Ohio, for Ma’Khia, a 16-year-old black girl who was also shot dead by a police officer.

“I’m tired,” Bakari Sellers, a lawyer for the Brown family, said at a press conference last month.

“I’m tired of crying and crying. I’m tired of seeing the videos, then we protest, then we have a funeral, ”he said. “Then we have another shootout. We cry, we cry, we protest. “

CNN’s Nicquel Terry Ellis, Natasha Chen, Eric Levenson and Gregory Lemos contributed to this report.


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