The family of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man who was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies two weeks ago, called for justice in his death during his funeral. On Monday (May 3), Brown’s family gathered at Fountain of Life Church in Elizabeth City, North Carolina to lay him to rest. Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy during the services and called for authorities to release the full bodycam footage of the tragic shooting.
“I know a con game when I see it. Release the whole tape and let the folk see what happened to Andrew Brown,” Sharpton said.
“Don’t talk to us like we’re stupid,” he added. “If there’s nothing on the tape, there won’t be nothing on it in 45 days, and if there’s something on it in 45 days, there’s something on it today.”
Ben Crump, who represents the family, stood alongside Attorneys Bakari Sellers and Harry Daniels and said that Brown’s killing was unjustifiable. “Because Andrew cannot make the plea for justice, it is up to us to make the plea for justice,” he said.
Khalil Ferebee, Brown’s son, spoke during the funeral and said that his father would have loved to see everyone together. “Everybody keep their hands up and keep God in your prayers because he gonna work all this out for us,” Ferebee said. “It’s a terrible way we had to be together like this, but seeing everybody, I’m glad we together like this right now. He would have loved this. I just wish he was here with us. As much as I’m gonna wish and wish and wish all day, it’s not gonna happen.”
On April 21, Brown was fatally shot by police officers in Elizabeth City, North Carolina as he drove away from authorities while they were serving him a search warrant. His death sparked national outrage as the police department refused to release footage of the shooting to the public. An independent autopsy revealed that Brown was shot five times — four in his right arm and one in the back of his head.
Last week, the FBI announced that they opened a civil rights investigation into Brown’s death.