Protests for Andrew Brown Jr.'s death continue for 11th day in Elizabeth City

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Posted at 10:30 PM, May 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-02 10:03:46-04

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - Protesters were back at it Saturday, taking to the streets once again to continue their cries for justice for Andrew Brown Jr.

"We're also trying to get police reform, not just in this county, but in the whole United States of America," said protestor Addonnis Jones who came in from Greensboro to support the cause.

The group was led by local NAACP leader, Keith Rivers, who filed for the marching permit Friday.

Demonstrators are still calling for the immediate release of the bodycam video showing the moments leading up to Brown's shooting death by sheriff’s deputies.

"We should be out here peacefully protesting. They shouldn't be in riot gear and there is no riot," Jones said.

Addonnis Jones told News 3 he was arrested last Tuesday for breaking the 8 p.m. curfew.

"We were sitting there; we were singing, chanting, criss-cross apple sauce," he said. "Me and Rev. Gatewood and others were just sitting there peacefully in the middle of the street chanting. They were in full riot gear. It was pretty scary and I did fear for my life."

The city relaxed the curfew on Friday to start at midnight but stands by its decision to put it in place earlier this week.

City Manager Montre Freeman said the curfew was put in place for everyone's protection.

"There was a second group that came out; that group threw rocks at windows and egged police cars," Freeman said. "The very next day, we had a guy drive up to one of the protestors and pull a gun out on them. The next day we had an officer hit with a rock."

Jones said the arrests will not distract from their overall message and push for change.

"I only had to spend 45 minutes, but I'll spend 45 minutes because I lost a brother that won't ever get them 45 minutes again."

Demonstrators walked for three hours Friday night.

Another rally is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday, the same day of a public viewing for Brown. The private viewing is on Monday. Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to deliver the eulogy.