SCSJ: “[We] demand justice for Andrew Brown Jr., accountability for the police violence that took his life, and transparency for his loved ones and others seeking safety and reassurance.”
DURHAM, N.C. (April 29, 2021) — Following a judge’s denial on Wednesday of requests to immediately release videos showing police officer’s fatal shooting of Andrew Brown, Jr., Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) released this statement:
“Southern Coalition for Social Justice joins with the people of Elizabeth City to demand justice for Andrew Brown Jr., accountability for the police violence that took his life, and transparency for his loved ones and others seeking safety and reassurance.
“Following the leadership of Mr. Brown’s family and local protesters, we believe healing for Elizabeth City begins by answering our collective call to release all unedited police body camera footage associated with his death.
“Like all Black people, Andrew Brown Jr. deserved to be loved and supported in a world without police violence. Mr. Brown’s death is yet another reminder that a system that kills Black people cannot bring the justice we seek and only in abolishing that system can we truly begin to repair all of the harm that has been caused.”
SCSJ is encouraging support for local community organizations in Elizabeth City seeking justice for Andrew Brown, Jr. and his family.
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice, founded in 2007, partners with communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities in the South to defend and advance their political, social, and economic rights through the combination of legal advocacy, research, organizing, and communications. Learn more at southerncoalition.org and follow our work on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.