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Funeral service held for Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown’s funeral Associated Press/ Photo by Gerry Broome

Funeral service held for Andrew Brown

Mourners gathered in Elizabeth City, N.C., on Monday to remember Andrew Brown. Deputies shot and killed Brown, a 42-year-old black man, in the coastal town last month. Speakers at the private funeral service, including Al Sharpton, called for the release of video footage from the April 21 incident. A judge ruled last week that the videos would not be made public for at least a month to avoid interfering with an ongoing investigation.

How did the shooting happen? The shooting occurred as deputies tried to serve drug-related warrants. Family members who were privately shown a portion of the body camera video say Brown had both hands on the steering wheel of his car and was no threat to the deputies. But District Attorney Andrew Womble said it was only when Brown’s car struck one of the officers that the deputies opened fire. The shooting sparked days of protests in Elizabeth City.

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Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga.



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I guess the “right to resist, run, fight, or assault officers” is just one of the things some of us weren’t taught growing up. Shame on our parents!