ANDREW Brown Jr’s family and other loved ones said goodbye to the late father at his funeral on Monday.
The funeral was held in Elizabeth County on Monday (May 3), with a eulogy delivered by Rev. Al Sharpton.
Several family members spoke, as did relatives of George Floyd, another black man killed by law enforcement.
Attorneys for the family repeated calls at the funeral for the release of more bodycam footage from the shooting that killed Brown, which has not been publicly released.
His family disputes the police account of what happened during the shooting on April 21 in North Carolina – and now demand to see bodycam footage after just two family members saw only 20 seconds of it last week.
The dad-of-10 was shot dead by cops in North Carolina during a drug-related warrant executed by police on April 21.
Memorials for the dead man begin with two weekend walk-through viewings and peaceful protests in Elizabeth City.
One of Mr Brown’s relatives has given CNN a different account of what happened that disputes the official one.
The relative said that Brown started backing up his car “and they started shooting the front windshield of his car”.
“And then he took off to go across the yard and they started shooting the back window of his car,’ he added.
That contrasts with District Attorney Andrew Womble’s, who said cops only opened fire only after Brown’s car came in contact with them.
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CALLS FOR THE RELEASE OF BODYCAM FOOTAGE IN ANDREW BROWN JR SHOOTING CONTINUE AT FUNERAL
At Andrew Brown Jr’s funeral on Monday, people called for the release of further bodycam footage of the shooting that ultimately resulted in the 42-year-old’s death.
“We already know what these videos are going to show,” Brown family attorney Ben Crump said.
“The video is going to have to come out, because as we stand in the house of God, we know a lie cannot live forever.”
RELATIVES OF GEORGE FLOYD, DAUNTE WRIGHT, AND ERIC GARNER ALL ATTEND ANDREW BROWN JR FUNERAL
Andrew Brown Jr’s funeral on Monday was attended by relatives of George Floyd, Daunte Wright, and Eric Garner — all black men who were killed in incidents at the hands of law enforcement.
Civil rights figures like The Rev Al Sharpton and William Barber of the Poor People’s Campaign appeared at the service as well.
“God used Andrew, just like he used George Floyd, for to spread his word, for to fight for his people,” said family member Sandra White.
‘WHAT’S RIGHT IS RIGHT’ REV AL SHARPTON SAYS AT ANDREW BROWN JR’S FUNERAL
Andrew Brown Jr was remembered his family, friends, and loved ones at his funeral on Monday, and the Rev Al Sharpton gave a eulogy.
He used the opportunity to call on lawmakers to pass police reform, saying, “You have to be subject to the law whether you have on blue jeans or blue uniforms. What’s right is right.’
“Too often we come to funerals of people that are unjustly brought to death and act like this is a natural occurrence,” he added.
“We are going to celebrate him, but we are not going to excuse the fact that we shouldn’t have to be here to do this.”
ABOUT 400 PEOPLE ATTEND ANDREW BROWN JR’S FUNERAL
A crowd of about 400 people attended Andrew Brown Jr’s funeral on Monday.
The crowd cheered in response to the Rev Al Sharpton speaking at the service, according to The Virginian-Pilot.
Brown’s family members spoke at the funeral. So did members of George Floyd’s family.
ANDREW BROWN JR AND SON JHAROD FEREBEE WERE ‘BEST FRIENDS’
Jharod Ferebee, one of Andrew Brown Jr.’s sons, said his father was his best friend at his funeral on Monday in North Carolina.
“Me and my dad we were like best friends,” he said during his father’s service.
“Every time you see him you see me and every time you see me you see him…I remember growing up, couldn’t nobody tell me nothing wrong with my daddy,” the young man said, according to CNN.
“It’s crazy what’s going on right now and I love my daddy to death. He’s here though, he’s definitely here though.”
‘HE WOULD HAVE LOVED THIS’ ANDREW BROWN’S SON SAYS AT FUNERAL
Khail Ferebee, the eldest son of Andrew Brown Jr, spoke at his funeral Monday and said his father would have “loved” the proceedings.
“I just wish he was here with us,” he said. “As much as I’m going to wish and wish, wish all day, it’s not going to happen.”
“It’s a terrible way that we had to be together like this, but, you know seeing everybody, I’m glad we’re together like this right now.”
CHILDREN OF ANDREW BROWN JR. GIFTED WITH MEMORIAL PILLOWS
Andrew Brown’s children were presented with memorial pillows at his funeral on Monday.
Brown’s family, friends, and loved ones said goodbye to the father of seven who was killed on April 21 in a shooting by law enforcement in North Carolina.
‘THE VIDEO IS GOING TO HAVE TO COME OUT’
At Andrew Brown Jr’s funeral on Monday, his family’s attorney Ben Crump again demanded the release of more bodycam footage from the scene of Brown’s death at the hands of law enforcement.
“We know that it was a reckless, unjustifiable shooting,” said Crump.
“The video is going to have to come out, because as we stand in the house of God, we know a lie cannot live forever.”
ERIC GARNER’S MOM SPEAKS AT FUNERAL
“Where we live shouldn’t determine if we live.” Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner said at Brown’s funeral today.
GEORGE FLOYD FAMILY SPEAKS AT FUNERAL
George Floyd’s brother and sister spoke at Andrew Brown’s funeral today.
He told the Brown family, “you are part of us.”
‘IF HE DID WRONG, BRING HIM TO COURT NOT TO HIS FUNERAL’, SAYS REV SHARPTON
Rev Al Sharpton told mourners at Andrew Brown’s funeral that police should have brought him to court if he did wrong, “not to his funeral”.
“If he did wrong bring him to court,” he said.
“But you don’t have a right to bring him to his funeral.
“How do you justify self-defense, but shoot someone in the back…this must stop.
“Enough is enough”
REV SHARPTON HITS BACK PEOPLE COMPLAINING OF HIS PRESENCE AT BROWN’S FUNERAL
Rev Al Sharpton hit back at the people who complained of his presence at the funeral of Andrew Brown.
“The nerve of you,” he said.
“The audacity to take somebody’s life, to rob children of their father and you try to act like the issue is who came to help them rather than what you did to them.
“The issue is not why we came to town or how we came to town the issue is why we came to town.”
ATTORNEY CRUMP SAYS HE ‘DEMANDS’ POLICE FOOTAGE
The Brown family’s attorney Ben Crump said at the funeral that he “demands” that all the police footage in the death of Andrew Brown be released.
“The video is going to have to come out because when we stand in the house of God, we know that a lie cannot live forever,” he said.
REV. AL SHARPTON IS NOW SPEAKING
Rev Al Sharpton spoke at the funeral today telling the mourners that in the crowd was George Floyd’s brother and sister as well as the mother of Eric Garner.
“They know the pain this family will have to endure,” he said.
‘WE WANT TO BE FREE’
Attorney Bakari Sellers spoke at Andrew Brown Jr’s funeral and had strong words for the mourners and other viewers.
“The systems in this country have to be torn down and reimagined so they can include Andrew’s children and all children,” he said.
“We’re going to stand up because we want to be free. We want to be free.”
‘IT IS UP TO US TO MAKE THE PLEA FOR TRANSPARENCY’
Attorneys for the family of Andrew Brown Jr spoke at his funeral on Monday.
“Andrew was killed unjustifiably, just as many black men in America have been killed,” attorney Ben Crump said.
“It is up to us to make the plea for transparency,” he said in regards to the bodycam footage of Brown’s death that still has not been released publicly.
REV AL SHARPTON JOINED FUNERAL PROCESSION FOR ANDREW BROWN JR
The Rev Al Sharpton joined the funeral procession for Andrew Brown Jr ahead of the eulogy he is set to give at the late father’s funeral.
“As we lead the casket to the horse-drawn carriage I’m standing in prayer and faith with the family of Andrew Brown, Jr,” he tweeted shortly before the service.
The tweet accompanied a video of Rev Sharpton with several others as Brown’s casket was moved into the carriage.
‘ANDREW BROWN JR NEVER FORGOTTEN’ READS BANNER AT FUNERAL
At the funeral of Andrew Brown Jr on Monday, a plane flew overhead with the message: “Andrew Brown Jr never forgotten.”
The plane flew over the church as Brown’s loved ones filed into the building for the service at noon.
Brown’s casket was moved to the church in a horse-drawn carriage in a procession followed by family and friends.
ANDREW BROWN JR’S LOVED ONES FOLLOWED HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE IN FUNERAL PROCESSION
Just before noon on Monday, Andrew Brown Jr’s family, friends, and loved ones followed his casket in a horse-drawn carriage in his funeral procession on the way to the service at the Fountain of Life Church.
The service began around noon in North Carolina.
The Rev Al Sharpton is among the speakers set to appear at the funeral.
Family members of George Floyd and Eric Garner may also attend.
ANDREW BROWN JR’S FAMILY ARRIVES FOR FUNERAL
Andrew Brown Jr’s family and other loved ones arrived at his funeral in Elizabeth City today around noon.
Social justice activist and civil rights leader Rev Al Sharpton will give the eulogy for Brown.
Brown’s casket arrived to the service at the Fountain of Life Church in a horse-drawn carriage.
ANDREW BROWN JR FUNERAL SET TO BEGIN AT NOON
The funeral for Andrew Brown Jr, a black man who was killed by police in a fatal shooting in North Carolina on April 21, is set to begin at noon on Monday.
The Brown family and other loved ones will be in attendance, as well as some civil rights leaders including the Rev. Al Sharpton.
‘THEY’RE JUST TRYING TO ANTAGONIZE THE CITY’ PROTESTORS SAY OF ELIZABETH CITY LAW ENFORCEMENT
Demonstrations continued over the weekend in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, following the death of Andrew Brown Jr, and have remained largely peaceful.
But some activists claim law enforcement is trying to escalate the protests.
“They’re just trying to antagonize the city, to turn everyone against us,” Geoffrey Cooper, an Elizabeth City resident, told The Guardian.
“They’re just pushing and pushing this town to go into riot mode.”
FOUR OFFICERS ON SCENE OF ANDREW BROWN JR SHOOTING RETURN TO DUTY, THREE ON LEAVE
Seven deputies were involved in the fatal arrest and shooting of Andrew Brown Jr in North Carolina, and four of them are back on duty.
Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said four of the officers did not fire their weapons at the scene of Brown’s death and have returned to active duty, but three remain on administrative leave.
The three deputies who are on leave are Investigator Daniel Meads, Deputy Sheriff Robert Morgan, and Corporal Cpl. Aaron Lewellyn.
“More investigation is necessary into the three deputies who did fire their weapons, and they will remain on administrative leave pending completion of the internal investigation and/or the criminal investigation being conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation,” Wooten said in a statement.
‘HE KEPT A SMILE ON HIS FACE’ ANDREW BROWN JR’S SON SAYS OF LATE DAD
One of Andrew Brown Jr’s sons, Jharod Ferebee, told NPR his dad was like a best friend to him.
“It seemed like no matter what he was going through, he kept a smile on his face,” the 24-year-old said of his late father ahead of Brown’s funeral Monday.
Brown’s aunt, 72-year-old Lillie Brown Clark, told the outlet of Brown’s relationship with his kids, “It’s because he knows the importance of parents — having lost both of his parents. … He made sure they were loved, fed, bathed, dressed, at school on time, got their homework on time.”
“He demanded excellence in their education,” she said.
‘WE ARE DOING WHAT WE HAVE TO DO,’ ANDREW BROWN JR’S COUSIN SAYS
Jadine Hampton, Andrew Brown Jr’s cousin, said his family will keep demanding justice despite their grief.
“I think we are grieving but we are doing what we have to do,” she told CNN.
“Because the way things happened, we have to be here, we have to support, we have to protest. We have a long road ahead.”
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