ELIZABETH CITY, NC (AP) – Reverend Al Sharpton made a strong call for transparency and the publication of body camera images during the Monday funeral of Andrew Brown Jr., a black man shot by MPs in North Carolina, equating retention. the video has a “stupid” job done on the public.
“I know a scam game when I see it. Free the whole gang and let people see what happened to Andrew Brown, ”Sharpton told mourners during a eulogy during the invitation-only service at a church in Elizabeth City.
“You don’t need time to take out a tape. Put it on! Let the world see what there is to see. If you have nothing to hide, what are you hiding? he said, to loud applause.
A judge ruled last week that the video would not be released for another month pending a state investigation into the shooting of Brown, 42, by lawmakers trying to serve search and arrest warrants drug-related.
An independent autopsy ordered by his family said he had been shot five times, including one in the back of the head. The shooting sparked days of protests in the rural northeastern North Carolina town.
Other speakers included Brown’s sons as well as civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who represents Brown’s family. Calling Brown’s death an “unjustifiable and reckless shooting,” Crump told mourners the legal team will continue to fight for justice and transparency, including the release of camera footage of the deputy body of shooting.
“We are here to argue for justice because Andrew was killed without justification, as many black men in America were killed: shot in the back. Shooting, moving away from the police. And because Andrew can’t make a case for justice. It’s up to us to advocate for justice, ”Crump said.
A long line of mourners entered the church, many of whom wore white T-shirts with Brown’s image on them and the words “Say his name.” In the lobby, a wreath of red and white flowers with a ribbon bearing the message “Rest in Peace Drew,” referring to Brown’s nickname, stood beside a tapestry with images of him. At the start of the service, an ensemble sang songs of praise, including “You’re the Lifter,” while some mourners stood up and applauded.
Family members said Brown was a proud father of seven, known for entertaining those closest to him with his stories and jokes.
Brown’s family asked Sharpton to deliver the eulogy because they felt the civil rights leader would properly honor his legacy. Sharpton recently delivered the eulogy for Daunte Wright, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Minnesota.
Among the mourners arriving at the church was Davy Armstrong, 40, who said he went to high school with Brown and lived near him while the two grew up. He said Brown seemed to be doing well when he met him recently before the shooting.
“He was very humble, very generous. He said he was fine, ”said Armstrong, who works in construction. “We hear about it on TV all the time. But when it’s someone so famous and so respected, it’s quite painful.
Reverend Dwight Riddick, pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Newport News, Virginia, said he was there to support the family and the cause against black men killed by police.
Riddick added that Brown’s murder caused flashbacks in his own childhood, when he witnessed excessive force by police in Chesapeake, Virginia. He said several police officers arrested his childhood neighbor and close friend, who was black. His friend later died in prison.
Riddick, now 63, was a teenager at the time. “It’s almost like a scab ripped off from a wound,” Riddick said. “We have seen too many African American men who have lost their lives at the hands of police officers and even at the hands of African Americans. We want to see an end to the violence on both sides. “
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