Where's Justice?

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Unlawfully, a resident of Elizabeth City, North Carolina was shot and killed by deputy sheriffs. Justice is needed.

Where’s Justice?

 

[Date: 5-30-2021]

 

Justice for Andrew Brown Jr., is there? By deputies of Pasquotank County, Andrew—well known as Drew—had been shot and killed in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. On April Twenty-First of Twenty-Twenty-One, deputy sheriffs of Pasquotank County were out to serve an arrest warrant to Brown, tagged with deputies of a different agency. He was shot five times, including one to the rear of his skull—information of which a private autopsy provided, paid for by Brown’s family.

According to deputies on the scene, Andrew Brown had been sitting in a vehicle on a driveway as they urged for him to exit the vehicle. Continuing the story, by deputies, Brown shifted the gear into reverse. Ramming a vehicle of law enforcement, Brown backed out, then accelerated forward, onto the street. They, then, fired their weapons as he attempted to flee.

There was a false claim laying on the story by deputies, informed by a witness. By the witness’s point-of-view, no “Law Enforcement” vehicle was struck by the vehicle Brown had been driving. Twenty seconds, only, from a deputy’s body-cam is shown as evidence of the situation—taking place on Wednesday, April Twenty-First. The highlighted deputies involved are Daniel Meads, Robert Morgan, and Aaron Lewellyn.

Attorney, Chantel Cherry-Lassiter, says the twenty-second video gives sighting of Brown being fired upon as he was seated inside his vehicle with both hands on the steering wheel. “He wasn’t reaching for anything. He wasn’t touching anything. He wasn’t throwing anything around.” As of Tuesday, May Eighteenth, it is announced that the deputies involved have been justified. “To say this shooting was justified, despite the known facts, is—both—an insult and a slap in the face to Andrew’s family, the Elizabeth City community, and to rational people everywhere.”, released by an attorney of Brown’s family.

By April Twenty-Nineth, the names of the seven deputies were uncovered. For never firing their weapons during the situation, four deputies have been cleared to return to duty. The investigation had been by the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation, although a separate investigation is active by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Anderson Cooper, of Cable News Network, had been told by one of Brown’s sons that there was a bit of evidence, and that it wasn’t enough. Khalil Ferebee and Jha’rod Ferebee are Andrew Brown’s sons, fighting to get justice for their father. Brown had lived to forty-two before his heartbreaking death, getting gunned down by deputies around Eight-Thirty A.M. Held at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City was the viewing. On Monday, May Third, Brown was laid to rest.

Monday funeral services consisted of celebrating life of Andrew Brown and speaking on, possible, racism in the Pasquotank County police force. Although the private autopsy informed Brown being struck by five rounds, authorities are saying two rounds penetrated his body, taking a round in the shoulder and the head—with the other wounds getting caused by shrapnel. Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney, says “They’re trying to hide something. They don’t want us to see everything.”. Each deputy on the scene was equipped with a body-cam, holding evidence.

As of recent days, a new video has been released. An attorney for Brown considers what was seen to be an ambush by deputies. The situation ended quickly, within a minute. Now, was Andrew Brown in the wrong for attempting to flee? Absolutely, he was.

While not even speeding, does him being in the process of escaping say he deserves to be shot? Absolutely not. Were the deputies in the wrong for firing upon the vehicle as there were houses around the direction he was driving? They were, indeed.

If they were to do anything I’d agree to, it’d be if they were to release rounds towards the tires of the vehicle. As there was no vehicle of Law Enforcement struck, deputies continued on to say he reversed the car in hopes to back into them when, in reality, it’s obvious he was in a panic to flee. Also, getting charged with weapons pointed in one’s face can cause a person to react as Brown had did.

The protest of May Eleventh, in Elizabeth City, I saw with my own eyes. Driving with the destination of reaching Virginia, I had no expectation of their community holding a protest for Tuesday’s evening. To get a powerful message across, it was needed. Brown did not die powerless; he passed with a powerful support system backing him up.

I read of an incident happening recently, where two protesters were hit by a motorist at an intersection of Elizabeth City. Luckily, minor injuries were sustained. Of Greenville, Nor-Caro, forty-one-year-old Lisa Michelle O’Quinn has been charged with two accounts of assault with a deadly weapon—careless and reckless conduct and unsafe movement, released by Police.

Located at an intersection where Ehringhaus Street and Griffin Street connect, Michelle Morris and Valorie Lindsey—two ebony women—were struck by a vehicle O’Quinn had been driving as they participated in a peaceful protest. Held in the Albemarle District Jail of Elizabeth City, O’Quinn was thrown a forty-thousand-dollar bond. On May 27th, Thursday, she was to appear in court.

Returning you to the incident between Brown and deputies, an arrest warrant was served due to felony drug charges. Of the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Department, Tommy Wooten advises information of discipline and addition training to be obtained soon for Daniel Meads, Robert Morgan, and Aaron Lewellyn—the three deputies who fired their weapons, killing Andrew Brown—to avoid a reoccurring incident in the, near, future. The speech by Sheriff Wooten was recorded and uploaded to the Facebook page of the department. Saying discipline and additional training is to be given to the three deputies proved they were guilty for their—what I see as unlawful—actions. If what their actions were legal, there shall be no discipline or additional training needed.


Submitted: May 30, 2021

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