AFTER two days of protests since Andrew Brown Jr, a 10-year-old black father, was shot dead by a North Carolina deputy, seven officers have been parole and three others have resigned.
“I am working tirelessly to make sure this sheriff’s office stays afloat,” said Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office Tommy Wooten. WAVY.com on Friday after confirming that the deputies (including the deputy who fired the fatal shot that killed Brown) stopped patrolling to wait for the results of a state investigation.
“We have other sheriff’s offices come in and rotate with my people.”
Among the three delegates returning to become civilians – Wooten said one was about to retire and none was directly involved in Wednesday’s deadly shooting, broadcaster reported.
None of these three were directly involved in Brown’s fatal shooting.
Brown, who raised 10 children, was confronted by a deputy chief of the Pasquotank County sheriff’s office trying to serve the order for him around 8.30am on Wednesday morning.
The cop opened fire while the 40-year-old was reportedly driving out of his home in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Witnesses at the time reported hearing between six and eight shots when the co-pilot pulled the trigger.
One of them, Demetria Williams, a neighbor of late Brown, recalled hearing gunshots that morning.
When she went out, she saw the delegates trying to revive the man.
She also counted 14 shells that were scattered on the ground and noticed Brown’s car windshield was broken.
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“I got down there and they were shooting into the car,” Williams said Raleigh News & Observer. “He couldn’t go far because the sheriff was on the driveway.
“He’s on the run. He’s not a threat.”
Wooten was under pressure to publish the lieutenant’s body video of the deadly encounter with Brown.
Even Governor Roy Cooper was involved in the chorus calling for its footage to be released, WAVY reported.
Wooten guarantees that it can be released within the next few days, according to broadcaster.
North Carolina law requires that in order to release important evidence such as body camera footage, a court order must be issued.
“The recordings held by law enforcement will only be released by court order,” law read.
Since the news of Brown’s death spread, the city, with just over 17,000 residents located nearly 50 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia, have been swept up for days in a row of protests.
As soon as the news of Brown’s death spread, a crowd paraded on the downtown streets and shouted: “Say his name! Andrew Brown! “And” Raise your hand! ” Do not shoot! ”, Reported by Raleigh News & Observer.
On Friday, Sheriff Wooten appeared in a recording open meeting with local missionaries in the campaign for peace.
“We hear you,” he said, speaking to the public. “We feel your pain.
“We know there are a lot of hurts in this community. We want the transparency you want. It will be accountable.”
After sending condolences to the Andrew Brown family’s family, calling Wednesday a “tragic day” – the sheriff swore he wouldn’t hesitate to reprimand any of his officers if they were found to be The cause of Brown’s death.
“If any of my deputies violate any laws or violate any policy brought through this investigation, they will be held accountable,” he said during the meeting. “That’s what the city expected of me.
“It’s my job as a leader and it’s the right thing to do.”
Brown’s murder is under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation.
Wooten noted that his department did not conduct any internal investigations at all.
“I will also call on SBI to carry out our internal investigation,” he said. “This is to get my sheriff’s office out of it completely.
“It is only due to accountability.”
That happened just a day after former Minneapolis police Derek Chauvin convicted of all counts of the murder and manslaughter of George Floyd.
Just minutes before the historic verdict, 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, was shot dead by an officer in Columbus, Ohio in a confrontation that Bryant allegedly wielded in a fight with another woman. .
Graphic bodycam footage of the shootings released by officials quickly showed white police, who was identified as Nicholas Reardon, opened fire on the young player.