ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Tensions were high Tuesday night in Elizabeth City after District Attorney Andrew Womble said the deadly shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. last month was justified.
Womble gave remarks on the final results of the state’s investigation into Brown’s death Tuesday, adding that no officers would be charged in this incident.
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Folks like Tishima Granby continued to call for the public release of the body cam footage related to the incident.
“I feel like if we never came together, it would’ve been swept under the rug,” Granby said.
Jessica Kelly has been one of many hitting the streets almost every night raising their voices since Brown’s death. Kelly said she and others are also calling for Womble to step down as district attorney.
“Trusting the police would be great,” Kelly said. “It affects my friends and it affects my neighbors, and that’s all of us.”
According to state Department of Public Safety records, Brown has been convicted on 12 felony drug charges, 12 charges of driving with a revoked license and 12 other misdemeanors since 1996. His last conviction was four years ago, and he was released from prison in August 2018.
Brown also has been charged 10 times with resisting arrest in the past 24 years. He was found guilty five times. On two other occasions, the charges were reduced, and three times they were dismissed.
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Those protesting Tuesday night also included Pasquotank NAACP President Keith Rivers.
“I think people are fed up,” Rivers told News 3. “I don’t think there were a lot of people that were alarmed.”
#BLM protesters show up at the home of the former deputy police chief in #ElizabethCity, N.C. to oppose the DA’s decision to not bring charges against deputies who were almost run over by drug dealer #AndrewBrown. They call the people at the home racist. pic.twitter.com/JChYN4tpbL
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 19, 2021
#BLM protesters have shut down roads in #ElizabethCity, N.C. after deputies were cleared by DA after shooting #AndrewBrown, a drug dealer who tried to run them over. A young child with a bullhorn has been put through a moving car’s sunroof. pic.twitter.com/kZK5FQQH8H
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 19, 2021
Bodycam footage confirms #AndrewBrown drove through a group of North Carolina deputies before being shot dead. The drug dealer’s death has been used as another rallying cry by #BLM & far-left extremists. The DA today declined to press charges. https://t.co/BSCStheurn
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 19, 2021
Meanwhile, Rivers and others are calling for the Department of Justice to get involved.
“We need transparency,” Rivers said. “The district attorney, from day one, could’ve had went out and said, ‘Let’s get a special prosecutor.’ The perception is now there is no transparency. It has caused a breach in trust.”
Kelly told News 3 there’s plans for some protesters to take part in “Spendless Wednesdays,” protesting with their pockets.
“They killed him on a Wednesday, and we want to show that until you do the right things by the community, the community is not going to pay you,” Kelly said. “We want everyone in North Carolina to spend no money until justice is served for Andrew Brown.”
Meanwhile, people will continue getting their message across and call for the release of the footage.
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“The community is saying no more,” Rivers said. “They’re saying we’re not going back to the way things used to be. The time has come now for a change.”
According to Kelly, “Spendless Wednesdays” are expected to start this week and continue every Wednesday until everything is resolved with this case.
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The NAACP is a tax exempt organization, but involves itself in politics? Where is the Department of No Justice and the IRS, right Lois Lerner and John Koskinen? The NAACP is a joke defending a rotten lifetime criminal, who ran from the police and he used his car as a weapon. Secondly, blm is nothing but a criminal organization, defending the criminals that run from the police and assault the police. Two systems of justice, where only white people are charged with crimes.
ITS LONG been time we yanked their tax exempt status..
Every time a Black gets shot by a police officer isn’t synonymous with foul play. Criminal action isn’t about skin color, so NAACP—if you want to boycott, have at it.
Why is it that Negroes feel that they do not have to follow the laws or commands from the police?
I.A.W. U.S. Census & FBI (Table 43a)
Black males make up about 6% of the U.S. population but every year commit ~53% of all the murders and ~55% of all robberies in the U.S…Every year in the U.S. there are ~5,000 African-Americans men, women and children killed and 93% of them were killed by fellow African-Americans.
How many bodies do you have to step over to get to the one that you think is important only because a White police officer was involved?
Because of BLACK privilege!!!
When you look at it BLM and the DNC think of blacks as pets. Of course most black folk can’t stand BLM, but that is another story. Pets. Feed me, house me, pet me, pick up my dew, and call be good boy! And in return, I will let you do it. Ruth B. Ginsberg in the michigan law student anti-racist admissions policy where she and the then leftist court ruled it was OK for the school to admit less qualified blacks over better qualified white students because the black people provide the whites the opportunity to learn how to care for them. i.e. Pets.
If I was black it would certainly upset me to have any group out there represent me who thinks I am nothing more than a dog.
The ‘transparency they are looking for is the one that agrees with the scenario that was concocted before any of the facts were known. The more of the video we see is very telling in that department.
Exactly. THE ONLY EVIDENCE THEY WANTED to see, was ones that confirmed their agenda “WHITE cops = bad, black thugs = good”.
All else is ignored.
dont make promises you can not keep naacp.
Maybe the local businesses should not allow blacks into their stores. Help the NAACP out. Out of town. And the world will be a better place.
I’d Laugh if some TRIED to do that.
The guy who tried to run down police officers and who had a rap sheet as long as two arms is the hero? Really? How many black kids did he influence with his drug dealing? How many young black people were hurt by his actions?
Just because a person is black and is killed by a police officer doesn’t mean they didn’t do something to have that happen. Perhaps if he hadn’t tried to run and run down cops with his car he’d still be alive today.
IN today’s shanked up society, CAREER CROOKS are held up as paragons of virtue.. WHILE law abiding cops are demon-spawn…
Once again they talk about “justice” when what they really want is REVENGE!
Mob justice.. Just like the lynch mobs in the wild west days.
You have to shake your head at the antics of the Black Community. They go through this self-righteous moral posturing, demand reparations and actions from the rest of the country, and then go out and assault Jews and advocate another Holocaust. Talk about Critical Race Theory. It should really be Critical horse manure Theory.
Critical horse manure theory is no longer a theory — it’s a reality.
Horse manure theory.. CERTAINLY sounds right..
Peaceful demonstration, fine, once it turns violent they should get a “baton” across the head.
BLM has proven that a boycott is redundant when blacks bypass the normal rules of commerce and smash storefront windows and help themselves to liquor, bling, electronics, clothes, athletic shoes, etc.
MAYBE that is what he was meaning “WE will deny you business, CAUSE WE WILL LOOT and burn your stores down”!
Anyone stop and think: If they just let this criminal just take off, OF COURSE, he would then slow down, obey all traffic laws, and drive very carefully in order not to hurt anyone. OR would it be more realistic that he would take off at a high rate of speed and those in his way would just have to suffer the consequences including anyone who dare think they have the right of way cause the light is green for them.
No criminal cares about anyone or anything except to get away.
But they’re stupid enough to think they can get away.
A REAL reporter would ask this guy if there’s ANY action a suspect could do, that would justify being shot/killed by police.
My suspicion is his answer would lean towards “if the suspect is black, no”
People who ATTACK the police are a DANGER to society!
People who RESIST ARREST are a DANGER to society!
People who VIOLATE THE LAW are a DANGER to society.
Sorry, but the lives of people who are a danger to society DON’T MATTER (to me)!
AND THOSE WHO condone those who break the law, are a danger to society.
LOL @ “Spendless Wednesday”. P!$$!ng in your own sandbox is still a bad idea. Go ahead, chase away local businesses until your grocery store is miles away, and prices at the sole remaining convenience store are double what they used to be. That’ll teach… who?
I wonder. iF THE STORES themselves had said “WE will no longer do business with black customers”.. HOW SWIFTLY THAT would get condemned for being overtly racist!?
YET saying “BLACKS will not do customage with your business” is ok?!