US Police Under Scrutiny After New Fatal Shooting Of Black Suspect

Modesto Morganelli
Апреля 22, 2021

A North Carolina deputy shot and killed a Black man while serving a search warrant Wednesday, authorities said, spurring an outcry from community members who demanded law enforcement accountability and the immediate release of body camera footage. There is now no word on why the search warrant was initially issued, and the officer who shot Brown hasn't had their identity disclosed.

The Pasquotank County Sheriff's deputy was placed on leave pending a review by the State Bureau of Investigation, Sheriff Tommy Wooten II said at a news conference.

The sheriff identified the man as Andrew Brown Jr.

Posters on Twitter described Andrew Brown, a 40-year-old father of ten.

Wooten did not identify the deputy and did not say what the warrant was for. They said he lived nearby. He declined to say how many shots were fired.

A press conference was held at the Public Safety Building in Elizabeth City as information develops on this shooting.

The shooting drew a large crowd of angry neighbors and protesters, some of whom were livestreaming video from the scene.

Christian Gilyard, who lives down the street from the shooting, told CNN that he wants the deputy to stand trial.

Clarissa Brown Gibson said: "We want to know if he was served with a warrant, why the shooting over a warrant?"

Law enforcement officers watch as a woman records the scene on her cell phone
North Carolina sheriff's deputy shoots and kills man inside his car while serving a search warrant

"My anger right now. Yes it's toward the officer, but it's more so toward the justice system", he said.

Brown's body was removed from his vehicle and placed beneath a blue tent, where it remained for hours after the shooting.

Williams said after hearing one gunshot, she ran outside, where she saw other shots being fired at the auto.

"He was just here two or three days ago picking up his mail", the 92-year-old said when she was reached by phone. He pledged transparency in the investigation process. "He was my grandson and I love him".

"The police didn't have to shoot my baby", said Martha McCullen, an aunt of Brown who said she raised him after his parents died. The sheriff said the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was contacted to conduct an independent investigation into the shooting.

The shooting happened about 8:30 the city of almost 18,000, located 170 miles northeast of Raleigh.

Special Agent in Charge Masha Rogers from the NC State Bureau of Investigations confirmed her investigators arrived on the scene early on and began an investigation into the shooting. He called Wednesday a "tragic day" for the county and promised "accurate answers and not fast answers" as investigators gathered facts in the matter.

Elizabeth City has about 18,000 residents and is just west of North Carolina's Outer Banks and about a 45-mile drive south of Norfolk, Virginia.

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