Two of the three deputies sanctioned for the murder of Andrew Brown, Jr. have returned to work and the third intends to resign, the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release on Friday.
Brown, a 42-year-old black man, was shot dead on April 21 by Pasquotank County MPs in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, as they attempted to serve an arrest warrant against him.
Nearly a month after his death, Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble concluded the shooting – which Brown’s family described as an execution – was justified, saying Brown had “recklessly” led the police on the scene while trying to flee the arrest.
On the same day, Pasquotank Sheriff Tommy Wooten said the three MPs who shot Brown would be reinstated and retrained.
“Although the district attorney concluded that no criminal law had been broken, this was a terrible and tragic result, and we could do better,” Wooten said, adding that two MPs had failed. not turned on their body cameras during the incident.
This photo taken from body camera footage shows police approaching the car in which Andrew Brown Jr. was killed.
Members of the North Carolina branch of the NAACP met with Justice Department officials on Thursday to ask them to investigate the April shooting.
In a hand-delivered letter signed by thousands of community members, clergy and lawmakers, the section called for a model or practice civil rights inquiry.
Anthony Coley, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice, confirmed that the meeting took place on Thursday. The ministry has not announced whether it will open an investigation into the patterns or practices. To date, five such investigations are underway.
The FBI had separately announced a federal civil rights investigation in April.
CNN’s Christina Carrega contributed to this report