Funeral Andrew Brown Jr .: The circumstances surrounding the 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 all of us. It’s just sad that my brothers and sisters have now grown up without him. ‘

Brown’s funeral will be held at a Fountain of Life Church in Elizabeth City, said Benjamin Crump, a civil rights attorney and attorney for the Brown family. Members of Brown’s family and Crump are expected to speak along with Reverend Al Sharpton, civil rights leader, who will deliver the eulogy.
Members of the families of George Floyd and Eric Garner – other black men killed in meetings with law enforcement – are expected to attend, Crump said.

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

A photo of Andrew Brown Jr.  is shown on a screen as Edwin Newby and Ella Newby pay him their respects during a viewing at Horton's Funeral Home and Cremations Chapel on May 2, 2021 in Hertford, North Carolina.

Authorities have released few details as to what led to the April 21 shooting, when Brown was fatally shot by Pasquotank County deputies attempting to carry out an order. An independent autopsy commissioned by Brown’s family and their attorneys said Brown sustained five gunshot wounds – four to the right arm and one to the back of his head.

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

Earlier in the week, Brown’s family was able to view a short clip of about 20 seconds of footage. which a family attorney said was an ‘execution’.

“Let go of the tires,” the protesters sang on Sunday. ‘The whole tires. The real tires. ‘

“20 seconds!”

“Not enough!”

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Only two family members, including Ferebee, were able to see the footage, along 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 of making the video and the taxpayer pay for body cams if they aren’t seen?”

Jadine Hampton, Brown’s cousin, told CNN that while the family is grieving, they cannot stop demanding justice.

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

“I think we’re grieving, but we’re doing what we need to do,” she said. “Because the way things happened, we have to be here, we have to support, we have to protest. We still have a long way to go.”

“The first order is to release the tires, all the tires, every one, every corner, every bodycam that was on,” Hampton said. “We have to see it.”

‘This is pain’

The family and the prosecutor have made several statements as to what happened, with the latter saying in a court hearing last week that deputies fired when the car Brown was driving contacted police. But the family and their lawyers said Brown drove off 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, the agency’s field office in Charlotte said.

“I want you to hear the pain in this community. The pain, the screams you all hear, the pain you all hear – this is pain,” family attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter said at a news conference Tuesday. “And a lot of time pain is interpreted as rebellion or however people want to interpret it. Call it what it is. It’s painful for this family. It’s painful for this community.”

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Brown’s funeral service follows that of at least two other black people who have died in meetings with law enforcement officers in recent weeks: Daunte Wright and Ma’Khia Bryant.

Sharpton will once again play a role in delivering the eulogy he stopped at the funeral for Wright, a black man who was fatally shot by a police officer in a suburb of Brooklyn Center in Minneapolis last month.
Brown’s funeral also comes just three days after one in Columbus, Ohio, for Ma’Khia, a black 16-year-old who was also shot there by a police officer.

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

‘I’m tired of mourning and crying. I’m tired of seeing the videos, then we protest and have a funeral, ”he said. ‘Then we’ll have another shooting. We mourn, we cry, we protest. ‘

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

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