North Carolina Protesters Rally for Justice After Police Fatally Shoot Black Man

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    Protesters staged a rally to denounce police brutality and call for justice Thursday after man was shot to death by one or more deputy sheriffs trying to serve drug-related search and arrest warrants.

    An eyewitness said Andrew Brown tried to drive away, but was shot dead in his car on Wednesday.

    The shooting of the 42-year-old Brown from Elizabeth City, North Carolina, has prompted protests and demands for accountability in the eastern North Carolina city of about 18,000.

    The deputy, who has not been identified, has been put on leave pending a state investigation.

    Authorities have said little about how the shooting transpired, but on Thursday, Pasquotank Sheriff Tommy Wooten II issued a video statement saying that deputies including a tactical unit were serving arrest warrants in addition to a search warrant he’d previously disclosed.

    While Wooten had previously said one Pasquotank County deputy had shot Brown and was on leave, he indicated on Thursday that multiple deputies were involved and had been placed on leave.

    “Our deputies attempted to serve the arrest warrants, they fired the shots. They’ve been put on administrative leave until we know all the facts,” he said.

    He didn’t immediately respond to an email asking how many of his deputies are on leave.

    Neither a spokesman for the Dare County sheriff’s office nor the prosecutor who oversees both Dare and Pasquotank counties, District Attorney Andrew Womble, responded to emails asking about the arrest warrants.

    The state Bureau of Investigation will turn over its findings to Womble, who said Wednesday that he was looking for “accurate” not “fast” answers.

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