Washington, April 22 2021: In another incident of officer involves shooting of a civilian, a Black man, a father of 10 was shot dead by the police in North Carolina during the course of an investigation. There has recently been a sharp hike in law enforcement related shootings, particularly with Black victims, raising concerns for broad reforms in policing.
The incident happened on Wednesday in the jurisdiction of the Pasquotank County Sheriff, according to whom, after a warrant was issued for Andrew Brown, one of his deputies fatally shot him in Elizabeth City near the Atlantic coast. He told reporters it was a tragic day and promised transparency in the investigation saying the footage from the officer’s body cam had not yet been analyzed. Local press has reported that the shooting happened when Brown was attempting to flee the police in his car.
The case would be handled by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. The incident happened a day after a White ex-policeman Derek Chauvin was convicted of killing George Floyd, an African American in Minneapolis.The verdict on Chauvin came minutes after a teenage Black girl in Ohio was shot by a police officer during a scuffle with a fellow teenager involving a knife. In a separate incident in the Minneapolis suburbs this month, a young Black man, Daunte Wright was killed by a white ex police woman Kim Potter, during what should have been a routine traffic stop.
This alarming trend involving a high number of African-Americans killed by police has sparked calls from all quarters for broad reforms in policing.
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