The North Carolina metropolis the place Andrew Brown Jr. was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies final week introduced Friday it’ll push its curfew again by a number of hours every evening after per week of usually peaceable protests.
Officers in Elizabeth Metropolis mentioned that beginning Friday evening, the curfew will run from midnight till 6 a.m. On earlier nights, the curfew had taken impact at eight p.m.
Protesters have been demanding justice and transparency, together with the discharge of deputy physique digicam footage, after Brown, a Black man, was shot and killed final week.
Brown was fatally shot on April 21 by deputies serving drug-related search and arrest warrants at his home within the city of Elizabeth Metropolis, about 160 miles northeast of Raleigh. On Tuesday, Brown’s household launched an unbiased post-mortem exhibiting he was shot 5 instances, together with behind the top. The state’s post-mortem has not been launched but.
Protests have been usually peaceable, however some protesters have been arrested after they remained on the streets after the curfew went into impact.
WITN-TV reported that Thursday evening’s protest had largely dwindled by 10:45 p.m., however at the very least two individuals had been arrested. The tv station was additionally amongst a number of media shops that mentioned workers members protecting the protest had been threatened with arrest regardless of metropolis and county leaders saying journalists doing their jobs had been exempt from the curfew.
A decide earlier this week refused to make deputy physique digicam footage public regardless of formal requests from a media coalition and the sheriff. He mentioned it ought to be stored from public view for at the very least one other month whereas a state investigation into the taking pictures takes place.
Decide Jeff Foster did, nevertheless, order authorities to permit Brown’s household to privately view 5 movies from physique cameras and one from a dashboard digicam inside 10 days, with some parts blurred or redacted. Relations had beforehand been allowed to view solely a 20-second clip from a single physique digicam.
Foster mentioned he would take into account releasing the video after that time if investigations are full.
In arguing in opposition to the general public launch of the video, District Lawyer Andrew Womble instructed the decide that he disagreed with a characterization by an lawyer for Brown’s household that Brown didn’t attempt to drive away till deputies opened fireplace.
Womble mentioned the video exhibits that Brown’s automotive made “contact” with legislation enforcement twice earlier than photographs might be heard on the video. He mentioned officers shouted instructions and tried to open a automotive door earlier than any photographs had been fired.
The State Bureau of Investigation started a probe of the taking pictures shortly after it occurred. It has mentioned that it could flip its findings over to Womble, as is normal below state legal guidelines and procedures.
The FBI has additionally launched a civil rights investigation of Brown’s dying.
Brown’s funeral is scheduled for Monday.
The Related Press contributed to this report.