In a funeral that served as each a celebration of life and a condemnation of racist policing in America, the household of Andrew Brown Jr. was joined in Elizabeth Metropolis, N.C., on Monday by the family of different Black males killed by law enforcement officials.
Chatting with Mr. Brown’s sons, Eric Garner’s grandmother provided her love and friendship. George Floyd’s sister mentioned she shared their ache. Daunte Wright’s sister mentioned she was outraged.
Mr. Brown, 42, was killed by Pasquotank County sheriff’s deputies on April 21 whereas they tried to arrest him throughout a drug raid. However many particulars of the taking pictures stay unclear, and final week a North Carolina decide declined to publicly launch the physique digicam footage for at the least 30 days.
Different visitors on the funeral, together with the Rev. Al Sharpton and Ben Crump, a lawyer for the household, in contrast the killing of Mr. Brown to the deaths of a number of different Black folks by the hands of law enforcement officials, from Mr. Floyd to Breonna Taylor.
“Right here we’re once more,” mentioned Bakari Sellers, a lawyer and former South Carolina state consultant. “To many individuals that is simply one other Black physique, however to us it’s a brother, a father, a nephew, a cherished one.”
The funeral largely served as a name to motion, although a few of Mr. Brown’s relations used the event to recollect him as a loving father, or a cousin to look as much as.
Jha’rod Ferebee, considered one of his sons, mentioned that his father was his “finest good friend” and that “each time you seen me, you seen him.” Khalil Ferebee, one other son, mentioned that the circumstances of the gathering have been grim, however that Mr. Brown would have cherished to see a few of his favourite folks gathered collectively.
“He would have cherished this,” Khalil Ferebee mentioned. “I simply want he was right here with us. As a lot as I’m going to want and need and need all day, it’s not going to occur.”
Mr. Brown was killed someday after a Minneapolis jury convicted the previous police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering Mr. Floyd. Throughout Mr. Brown’s funeral, his demise was put alongside a listing of names relationship way back to Emmett Until, a 14-year-old who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955.
“We thought that George Floyd represented that we have been going to cease this pointless, unjustifiable killings of Black males,” mentioned Mr. Crump, who can be representing Mr. Floyd’s household.
Mr. Crump continued to demand the total launch of physique digicam footage — the household has been proven a 20-second clip — that would shine mild on Mr. Brown’s demise. He was shot 5 occasions and killed by a shot to the top, in response to a non-public post-mortem.
Metropolis-owned video that was obtained by WAVY, a Virginia-based tv station, confirmed that deputies with the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Workplace have been wearing tactical gear earlier than they pulled into Mr. Brown’s driveway. Seven deputies have been initially positioned on administrative depart.
Through the funeral on Monday, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, the previous president of the North Carolina N.A.A.C.P., advised Mr. Brown’s household to take consolation within the stage of consideration and help from throughout the nation. Protesters have frequently gathered in Elizabeth Metropolis since his demise.
“Andrew acquired brothers and sisters, white, Black, brown, Asian, homosexual, straight — all of them coming collectively,” Dr. Barber mentioned. “I would like you to be comforted in that.”
Mr. Sharpton mentioned the failure to launch the physique digicam footage was a “shell recreation,” and known as on the Justice Division to analyze the taking pictures and the perceived lack of transparency within the case.
“The problem of those occasions is how we’re going to take care of policing in America,” he mentioned, including, “I do know a con recreation after I see it; launch the entire tape and let the oldsters see what occurred to Andrew Brown.”