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Officials say Andrew Brown, 40, was shot by sheriff’s deputies carrying out a search warrant in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Authorities have given very few details of the shooting by the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s deputy, which is now being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation.
More than 200 people in the city, which has a 50 per cent Black population, protested the death on Wednesday evening outside an emergency meeting of the city council.
“There are a lot of people hurting in our city. We have a lot of hurt people,” said councilman Gabriel Adkins at the meeting.
“I’m afraid. You know, I mean let’s be real. We talk about transparency, I’m gonna be transparent.
“I’m afraid as a Black man walking around this city, driving my car down the road, trying to make sure that I’m driving the speed limit, trying to make sure that I wear my seat belt, trying to make sure that I do everything right.”
The angry crowd chanted “Say his name. Andrew Brown” and “Hands up. Don’t shoot” as they marched through the city.
“I’ve been knowing him 30 years, and he wasn’t a violent person,” said Brown’s friend, Daniel Bowser.
“He didn’t mess with guns, he didn’t tote no guns. I don’t care what they put out there, he didn’t deserve to die.”
Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said the deputies had worn body cameras during the incident.
“We will be transparent, and we will take the proper action based on the findings of the SBI investigation,” he said.
The shooting came less than 24 hours after Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd by a jury in Minneapolis.