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The Rev. Al Sharpton on Monday issued a powerful call for transparency and the release of body camera footage at the funeral for Andrew Brown Jr after he was shot and killed by deputies in North Carolina.
Relatives of other black men killed by law enforcement officers, including siblings of George Floyd, Eric Garner's mother and Daunte Wright's sister also spoke at the service.
A judge ruled last week that the video would not be released for another month pending a state investigation into the April 21 shooting of Brown, 42, by deputies attempting to serve drug-related search and arrest warrants.
An independent autopsy commissioned by his family said Brown was shot five times, including once in the back of the head. The shooting sparked days of protests in Elizabeth City.
'I know a con game when I see it. Release the whole tape and let the folks see what happened to Andrew Brown,' civil rights leader Sharpton told mourners in a eulogy at the invitation-only church service.
'You don´t need time to get a tape out. Put it out. Let the world see what there is to see. If you´ve got nothing to hide, then what are you hiding?' he said, to loud applause.
Bridgett Floyd described the 'sleepless nights, long days, heartache and pain' that she knows Brown's family is facing, having experienced the killing of her brother by a police officer in Minnesota who was later convicted of murder.
After Brown's funeral, she told reporters it was important for her to come to North Carolina to show support for his family. 'I'm showing them strength right now. If I can do it, they can do it,' she said.
Other speakers included Brown's sons as well as civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Brown´s family.
Khalil Ferebee, the son of Andrew Brown Jr., and other family members walk behind a horse-drawn carriage carrying his father's casket to the funeral in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on Monday
Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during the funeral for Andrew Brown Jr., Monday. Sharpton issued a powerful call for transparency and the release of body camera footage, telling mourners: 'I know a con game when I see it'
Family members react during the funeral for Andrew Brown Jr., Monday at Fountain of Life Church in Elizabeth City, N.C. Brown was fatally shot by Pasquotank County Sheriff deputies trying to serve a search warrant
Andrew Brown Jr.'s son Khalil Ferebee, speaks during the funeral for his father. A judge ruled last week that the video would not be released for another month pending a state investigation into the April 21 shooting of Brown, 42, by deputies attempting to serve drug-related search and arrest warrants
Hundreds of supporters of Andrew Brown Jr.'s family had filed past his open casket on Sunday a day before his funeral, and went on to hold a peaceful protest calling for police to release the bodycam footage of his death
Mourners had gathered on Sunday, the day before his funeral, as his body was displayed at two locations in the city
Judge Jeffrey Foster denied a media petition to release the footage publicly for at least 30 days, saying it might impede the ongoing investigation. Since Brown's death on April 21, the city of Elizabeth City was rocked by nearly two weeks of consecutive protests calling for greater transparency from law enforcement
Khalil Ferebee, the son of Andrew Brown Jr., hugs a family member before helping to load his father's casket into a horse-drawn carriage for a funeral procession in Elizabeth City
Mourners attend the funeral for Andrew Brown Jr., Monday, May 3, 2021 at Fountain of Life Church in Elizabeth City
Two mourners wear shirts and masks depicting Andrew Brown Jr. before the start of his funeral procession in Elizabeth City
Khalil Ferebee, left, and Jha'rod Ferebee release doves after the funeral of their father Andrew Brown Jr
Lawyers for the Brown family said they have 'great faith' in the FBI investigation. They also called separate footage taken by a neighbor of the moment a large group of cops surrounded Brown Jr.'s car 'an inflamed modern-day lynch mob'
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