Two hours after an eight p.m. curfew took impact in Elizabeth Metropolis on Tuesday, police in riot gear and protesters engaged in a standoff on the street. A minimum of six protesters have been arrested.
At moments, police and protesters stood mere inches aside.
Elizabeth Metropolis has been the main target of nationwide consideration since final Wednesday, when Andrew Brown Jr. was shot by Pasquotank County sheriff’s deputies serving search and arrest warrants associated to felony drug costs.
Tensions have intensified as Brown’s household and attorneys have sought the discharge of body-cam footage.
At about 10 p.m. Tuesday, police marched slowly towards about two dozen remaining protesters who had not left, chanting, “Transfer again!”
Officers threatened tear gasoline and munitions. They wore tactical gear and carried golf equipment.
Protesters yelled taunts at police.
“Why are you in riot gear?” they known as. “There’s no riot right here!”
4 individuals, together with the Rev. Curtis Gatewood, lay in Elizabeth Road, ready for arrest as they sang “Ain’t gonna let no one flip me round.”
All 4 have been arrested, together with no less than two others.
At one level, Gatewood requested police, “The place have been you once they have been tearing down the U.S. Capitol?”
Protesters have peacefully protested in Elizabeth Metropolis every evening since final week. Tuesday was the primary evening Elizabeth Metropolis had an eight p.m. to six a.m. curfew in place.
Almost 200 individuals had protested by way of the streets of city earlier within the night, chanting “No costs, no peace!” and “Launch the tape! The true tape! The entire tape!”
Additionally Tuesday, attorneys for the Brown household held an emotional information convention the place they mentioned a non-public post-mortem. It confirmed that Pasquotank deputies fired a “kill shot to the back of the head,” legal professionals mentioned.
The Rev. William Barber II and different religion leaders held a gathering and information convention in Elizabeth Metropolis on Tuesday afternoon. They known as on North Carolina Lawyer Common Josh Stein to take over the case, saying that native authorities have been “inept, incompetent and incapable.”
By 11 p.m. Tuesday, arrests had been made and police have been leaving to shouts of “Disgrace on you!”
A listening to is scheduled for Wednesday morning on the Pasquotank County Courthouse relating to a petition for the discharge of the body-cam footage.