LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) A protester holds up a sign during the YG x BLMLA x BLDPWR protest and march June 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

I am disappointed to say there is another reason to protest the unjust treatment of Black Americans. Today (May 18), the district attorney in Pasquotank County says three deputies were justified when they shot and killed Andrew Brown, Jr.

The deputies were serving Brown a search warrant at his home in Elizabeth City on April 21 when he was shot and killed. The SBI did an investigation. D.A. Andrew Womble announced the deputies would NOT be charged in the shooting.  A portion of the body cam video was released to the public. And after the D.A.’s review of the video, the D.A. said the deputies committed on criminal act. And that the deputies felt threatened.

This news conference comes a week after the Brown family and their attorney watched police video of the deadly shooting.The family’s attorney says, Brown was “ambushed,” and at no point did they see him pose a threat to any law enforcement officer.

The family is calling for a federal probe into the incident. NC Governor Roy Cooper agrees and would like a special prosecutor to take over the case.

Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter protestors have staged peaceful protests in Elizabeth City. They also plan for an economic boycott. Protestors say the goal is NOT to spend money in Pasquotank County to put pressure on the D.A. to get a special prosecutor to look into the Brown’s death.