GREENSBORO, N.C. — Rallies against the deputy-involved shooting of a Black man in Elizabeth City were held Tuesday in various North Carolina cities. The rallies were organized by Repairers of the Breach, the North Carolina Council of Churches, and B.R.I.D.G.E.
The groups said they want accountability following the April 21 shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr. by Pasquotank County deputies. According to documents, 42-year-old Brown, a father of seven, was shot in the back of the head by the deputies who went to serve search and arrest warrants for non-violent drug-related offenses.
Rallies were held in Asheville, Charlotte, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Raleigh, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem.
Rev. Dr. Jennifer Copeland, executive director of N.C. Council of Churches attended the rally in Raleigh. Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, past president of N.C. Council of Churches and executive director of B.R.I.D.G.E. attended the Greensboro rally. Stephen Roach Knight, internal affairs manager for Repairers of the Breach, spoke at the Asheville rally.
Protesters said Brown was unjustly killed by the sheriff’s deputies. A prosecutor cleared the deputies, saying Brown used his vehicle as a weapon.