Brown was shot dead by the sheriff’s deputies in front of his home on April 21.
Amid ongoing protests over Andrew Brown Jr.’s fatal shooting by the North Carolina sheriff’s deputies, loved ones and supporters of the 42-year-old black man marched to a museum on Sunday afternoon for a public display of his body and funeral service.
Brown’s funeral service and public display, who died in a volley of gunfire outside his home on April 21, began at about 3 pm. at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Reverend Greg Drumwright, a civil rights activist in Elizabeth City, led Brown’s family on a march to memorial service.
“Elizabeth City is really on her feet right now,” Drumwright told ABC WTVD station in Raleigh-Durham.
Relatives and friends of Brown, the father of seven, gathered early Sunday at Horton’s Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel for a private screening.
Brown’s funeral is scheduled to be held at noon on Monday at the Fountain of Life Church in Elizabeth City. Rev. Al Sharpton is scheduled to give the compliment.
Sunday marks the 11th consecutive day of mostly peaceful protests over Brown’s death in Elizabeth City, where the mayor imposed a night curfew and declared a state of emergency for fear that the demonstrations could turn violent.
Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten issued a statement on Sunday urging protesters to remain peaceful.
“Me and the entire Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office fully support the right to protest and to meet peacefully,” wrote Wooten. “Andrew Brown Jr.’s tragic death profoundly impacted many people in our community. This weekend, we ask that everyone respect the family and those in mourning. We also ask that everyone respect the working families of Pasquotank County, who manage small businesses and employ so many in our community. “
Wooten warned that protesters will not be allowed to block intersections and highways or put themselves and others in danger.
“We hope that the protests this weekend will be peaceful; however, we are prepared to guarantee the safety of our community in the event of illegal interruptions,” wrote Wooten.
Protesters joined Brown’s family to ask the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office to publicly release all videos of the shooting, including the patrol car’s body and dashboard camera.
Brown’s son Khalil Ferebee, other family members and one of his lawyers were allowed to see a 20-second clip from the shooting camera last week at the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Department. Ferebee said the video shows his father being “executed” while trying to leave the house while police officers opened fire on him.
An independent autopsy commissioned by the family showed that Brown was shot five times in the incident, including a fatal shot that hit him in the back of the head, in the back of the head, family lawyers said at a news conference last week.
During a hearing on Wednesday, Pasquotank County Superior Court Judge Jeff Foster rejected a request from the local sheriff and various media outlets to immediately release videos from the body’s cameras showing sheriff’s deputies shooting at Brown. The decision came after Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble told Foster that disclosing the video could now undermine an investigation into the shooting by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
While Brown was unarmed when he was shot, Womble said during the court hearing that Brown’s car drove towards the police and reportedly made contact with the police twice before the shots could be heard in the shooting video.
The shooting took place around 8:30 am on April 21, when deputies from Pasquotank and Dare counties went to Brown’s home to try to carry out an arrest warrant against Brown that resulted from a criminal drug investigation, officials said.
Seven deputies from the Pasquotank County sheriff were initially placed on paid administrative leave.
Wooten on Thursday identified the three deputies who shot Brown as Investigator Daniel Meads, Deputy II Robert Morgan and Cpl. Aaron Lewellyn. Wooten said the three deputies remain on leave, while the other four who did not fire their weapons in the incident were reinstated to active duty.