North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper meets with protesters in Elizabeth City
ELIZABETH CITY, NC – North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein visited the AME Zion Church of Mount Lebanon in Elizabeth City, just 68 days after Andrew Brown Jr . was gunned down by Pasquotank sheriff’s deputies.
“I am so grateful for this strong community. I think it is important that we meet in the house of God to talk about the word righteousness,” Governor Roy Cooper said at a Sunday church service.
Governor Cooper went on to say, “In this community the unnecessary murder of Andrew Brown Jr. I have heard descriptions of fear of traffic stops not being able to see all the videos that should be available from of the incident that happened that day and of failing to obtain justice in the case of Andrew Brown Jr. ”
Governor Cooper says he has appointed two task forces to prevent racial inequalities in criminal justice in situations similar to Brown’s.
“Recommendations like these kinds of videos need to be released. That’s when an officer gets involved in a shooting, there needs to be an independent prosecutor to look into a case.”
Governor Cooper had a private meeting after the church service with the NAACP, community members and protesters inside the church.
“I thought it was an exceptional conversation.” Keith Rivers said, the chairman of the Pasquotank County NAACP chapter.
Rivers said Governor Cooper, the NAACP and community members discussed Sheriff Wooten by posting the names and addresses of the protesters on his Facebook page. It comes after twelve protesters who live in Pasquotank County say they were harassed and saw their names posted on Facebook by someone else.
Sheriff Tommy Wooten released a Press release on his Facebook detailing an alleged “filing of a false report” by twelve residents of Pasquotank. According to the statement, twelve citizens of Pasquotank County filed a report after being harassed and threatened on Facebook by another individual. In the press release posted by Sheriff Wooten on Facebook, the names and addresses of the protesters who filed the report were released.
After further investigation by the sheriff’s office, they say the plaintiffs provided “an inaccurate portrayal of the Facebook post.”
The Facebook post submitted by the twelve protesters said: “We have their names, let’s get them fired instead.”
As a result of the investigation, the sheriff’s office alleges that the current post says, “We have their names, let’s get them fired instead.”
The sheriff’s office issued the reporting parties with a criminal summons for filing a false police report.
“The sheriff issues a criminal summons to people who come to you asking for help or protection, and then you post that on a Facebook page, with names and addresses. It clearly almost sends a message about who to target,” said Rivers.
Rivers said Governor Cooper mentioned in the private meeting that his office was going to look into the matter.
“They’re going to go back and look at some of the things the sheriff’s department has clearly done. That’s not what the sheriff is elected for and the governor heard it. The governor has made his statement and position clear. .the attorney general and I thought the meeting was exceptional, ”Rivers said.
News 3 contacted Sheriff Wooten’s office and he did not respond to our request.
A protester who attended the private meeting said the meeting was necessary.
“We are paying our taxes to pay for these people who are supposed to protect us and they tell us that they are not going to protect us, so they are going to put our name and address and I’m not surprised that they did. “I didn’t put more of us in there,” Cherry Morrison said.