ELIZABETH CITY, NC (AP) – Mourners will gather on Monday for the funeral of Andrew Brown Jr., a black man gunned down by lawmakers in North Carolina, with praise considering celebrating his legacy and think about his life.
The invitation-only service at noon at a church in Elizabeth City follows the public screenings the night before. Reverend Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy, and other speakers will include relatives of Brown as well as civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who represents Brown’s family, and Reverend William Barber II, campaign leader for the poor.
Brown, 42, was shot and killed on April 21 by lawmakers trying to serve drug-related search and arrest warrants, sparking days of protests in the rural northeast Carolina town of North Carolina. North. An independent autopsy ordered by his family said he had been shot five times, including one in the back of the head.
Family members said Brown was a proud father of seven, known for entertaining those closest to him with his stories and jokes.
Brown’s family asked Sharpton to deliver the eulogy because they felt the civil rights leader would properly honor his legacy. Sharpton recently delivered the eulogy for Daunte Wright, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Minnesota.
Sharpton told The Associated Press he wanted to both celebrate Brown’s life and help bring attention to broader law enforcement issues that need to be addressed.
“I would like to make it clear that he is a human being. And for us, this is part of an ongoing abuse of police power, ”he said.