By: Alyssa Wilson
Mourners from all over the country gathered in Elizabeth City, North Carolina for the funeral of Andrew Brown Jr.
Today we lay #AndrewBrownJr to rest in Elizabeth City. Please keep his children in your prayers.
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) May 3, 2021
Brown was shot and killed by deputies from the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office on April 21, 2021. They have been identified as Lt. Steve Judd, Sgt. Michael Swindell, Sgt. Kendall Bishop, Sgt. Joel Lunsford, Investigator Daniel Meads, Deputy Sheriff II Robert Morgan and Corporal Aaron Lewlleyn.
Judd, Swindell, Bishop and Lunsford are currently back on duty. The other officers remain on administrative leave.
Members of the community have been demonstrating for eleven days protesting Brown’s death. Their calls for justice grew louder after the decision was made by a judge not to release the body camera footage to the public.
A portion of the footage has been released to Brown’s family, however, it was 20 seconds long.
Brown, a 42-year-old father of seven, died from a gunshot wound to the back of the head, according to an independent autopsy.
During the funeral, the attorneys representing the Brown family offered words to the congregation.
Reverend Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy and called on the county to release the footage of the shooting to the public.
Family members of George Floyd, Eric Garner and Daunte Wright spoke and offered words of encouragement to the Brown family.
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Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed Brown’s age as 40 and not 42.