WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Black Lives Matter chapter honored Andrew Brown Jr. on Wednesday, what would have been his 42nd birthday.
Pasquotank County deputies fatally shot Brown in Elizabeth City on April 21 while they were attempting to serve search and arrest warrants.
The rally was held at the 1898 Memorial where organizers announced they were distributing 365 bottles of water to low-income housing communities in New Hanover County. The bottles were provided by Black Voters Matter and 42 sets of 365 bottles were distributed throughout the state to represent each day of Brown’s life.
Sonya Patrick, an activist and Black Lives Matter organizer, says they stand in solidarity with Elizabeth City and demand justice for Brown.
“The law enforcement in Elizabeth City said officers would not be held accountable,” Patrick said. “100 years ago, no one was held accountable for the massacres across the country. This black holocaust must stop. No justice, no peace.”
Demonstraters also called for officials to release the body camera footage of the incident in full.
Last month, a district attorney determined the shooting was justified and the deputies involved will not face criminal charges.