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Sheriff’s deputies off the job after fatal shooting of black man

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Three North Carolina sheriff’s deputies have resigned and seven are on administrative leave following the fatal shooting of a black man during the serving of a warrant on Wednesday.

The shakeup at the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s office comes in the wake of the killing of drug suspect Andrew Brown, 40, who was shot while driving away from officers in Elizabeth City, 13 News Now reports.

Demonstrators gathered outside Elizabeth city on April 23, 2021 to protest the shooting of  Andrew Brown Jr.
Demonstrators gathered outside Elizabeth city on April 23, 2021 to protest the shooting of Andrew Brown Jr.
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The three resignations were unrelated to the shooting, and one of them was a retirement option, officials said, according to the station.

The news comes two days after the deadly shooting, amid calls for deputies to release body camera footage of the incident.

Protesters gathered around numerous municipal in Elizabeth City, NC after a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a black man.
Protesters gathered around numerous municipal in Elizabeth City, NC after a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a black man.
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Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, is among those demanding answers to why Brown was apparently shot from behind.

“Initial reports of the shooting in Elizabeth City and death of Andrew Brown, Jr. this week are tragic and extremely concerning,” the Democrat tweeted.

“The body camera footage should be made public as quickly as possible and the SBI should investigate thoroughly to ensure accountability.”

A demonstrator wears a photo of Andrew Brown Jr. who was shot and killed by police.
A demonstrator wears a photo of Andrew Brown Jr. who was shot and killed by police.
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Pasquotank County, near the state’s coast, only had 55 sworn deputies total, meaning it lost almost 20 percent of its force in one day, according to the report.

Under North Carolina law, a court must order bodycam footage to be released.

The Elizabeth City Council reportedly officially requested the images to be made public in an unanimous vote Friday.

The police shooting death comes amid a national reckoning with police brutality against black people, and a day after former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.



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