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Protests underway in Elizabeth City, NC following death of Andrew Brown Jr.

Demonstrators are marching in the streets of Elizabeth City, North Carolina protesting lack of transparency by law enforcement following the deadly shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. Civil rights attorney Bakari Sellers on Monday slammed the “disrespect” shown to the family of a man shot and killed by police in North Carolina, saying he had “never been talked to like I was talked to in there” by a local prosecutor. Sellers, who is also a political commentator on CNN, said Pasquotank County Attorney R. Michael Cox used profanity during a meeting with attorneys and family members of Andrew Brown Jr., a 42-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by police last week. Sellers and other attorneys accused Cox of not allowing them to see body camera video of Brown’s killing. They also criticized Cox and police for showing only 20 seconds of the video. But he was particularly critical of what he said was Cox’s disrespectful language and treatment of Sellers and Brown’s family. “As we’re going through this process, we told the family that they would have their attorneys in there as some comfort,” Sellers said in remarks carried live on cable television. “We went back and forth, and I just wanted to say I’ve never been talked to like I was talked to in there.” “I don’t know his name, but I went to the back, and — I know that we’re live on the news around the world, so I will say that Mr. Cox told me, a grown Black man, that he was not f—ing going to be bullied. And so I walked out,” he added. As Sellers spoke, others could be heard identifying the person as Cox. Sellers said a sheriff present was apologetic, but he added that he was “hot” because of the way Cox had treated him and the family.

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