Andrew Brown shooting: North Carolina city rolls back curfew as protests remain peaceful


The North Carolina city where Andrew Brown Jr. was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies last week announced Friday it will push its curfew back by several hours each night after a week of generally peaceful protests.

Officials in Elizabeth City said that starting Friday night, the curfew will run from midnight until 6 a.m. On previous nights, the curfew had taken effect at 8 p.m.

Protesters have been demanding justice and transparency, including the release of deputy body camera footage, after Brown, a Black man, was shot and killed last week.

Brown was fatally shot on April 21 by deputies serving drug-related search and arrest warrants at his house in the town of Elizabeth City, about 160 miles northeast of Raleigh. On Tuesday, Brown’s family released an independent autopsy showing he was shot five times, including in the back of the head. The state’s autopsy has not been released yet.

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Protests have been generally peaceful, but some protesters have been arrested after they remained on the streets after the curfew went into effect.

WITN-TV reported that Thursday night’s protest had largely dwindled by 10:45 p.m., but at least two people were arrested. The television station was also among multiple media outlets that said staff members covering the protest were threatened with arrest despite city and county leaders saying journalists doing their jobs were exempt from the curfew.

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A judge earlier this week refused to make deputy body camera footage public despite formal requests from a media coalition and the sheriff. He said it should be kept from public view for at least another month while a state investigation into the shooting takes place.

Lawyers release findings from an independent autopsy commissioned by Brown family attorneys.

Lawyers release findings from an independent autopsy commissioned by Brown family attorneys.
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Judge Jeff Foster did, however, order authorities to allow Brown’s family to privately view five videos from body cameras and one from a dashboard camera within 10 days, with some portions blurred or redacted. Family members had previously been allowed to view only a 20-second clip from a single body camera.

Foster said he would consider releasing the video after that point if investigations are complete.

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In arguing against the public release of the video, District Attorney Andrew Womble told the judge that he disagreed with a characterization by an attorney for Brown’s family that Brown did not try to drive away until deputies opened fire.

Womble said the video shows that Brown’s car made “contact” with law enforcement twice before shots could be heard on the video. He said officers shouted commands and tried to open a car door before any shots were fired.

The State Bureau of Investigation began a probe of the shooting shortly after it happened. It has said that it would turn its findings over to Womble, as is standard under state laws and procedures.

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The FBI has also launched a civil rights investigation of Brown’s death.

Brown’s funeral is scheduled for Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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Meghan Markle encourages girls to 'challenge injustice' during virtual roundtable


Meghan Markle has a powerful message to share.

The 39-year-old Duchess of Sussex recently held a virtual roundtable with a handful of young women from ages 13-18. According to the Daily Mail, they spoke about “everyday struggles during COVID-19.”

Also included in the discussion topics were mental health, racism and “identity loss and isolation.”

The group members, who have high ambitions to one day become politicians, medical professionals and the like, according to a post on the royal’s Archwell website, were encouraged to share their generation’s challenges and were given a platform to ”help define a path forward and continue making an impact.”

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During the discussion, Markle told the young women to “challenge injustice.”

Meghan Markle told a group of young girls to 'challenge injustice.'

Meghan Markle told a group of young girls to ‘challenge injustice.’
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The sentiment seems to be an apt one for the former actress, who recently spoke out about her struggles with the royal family in a bombshell interview with her husband Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey.

In the interview, she claimed that a senior royal raised concerns about the skin color of her then-unborn child Archie, and claimed that a blind eye was turned to her psychiatric needs when she was facing intense criticism from the media.

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Furthermore, she claimed she was unsupported by the Firm when it came to such criticism.

Despite the family drama, it seems that Markle and Harry, 36, are working to make amends with Harry’s brother and sister-in-law Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are involved in some family drama of their own, having stepped away from their royal duties and moved to America.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are involved in some family drama of their own, having stepped away from their royal duties and moved to America.
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William and Middleton celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary this week and Harry and Markle reached out privately with a congratulatory message.

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Furthermore, Harry and William reportedly made a “good start” on their healing process during their UK reunion for the funeral of their grandfather Prince Philip.

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“I think it’s a good start and it was lovely to see but this whole argument runs so deep, I don’t think there is any quick fix,” a family friend recently told People magazine.



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Seattle police officers denied service at chocolate shop


A Seattle chocolate shop said it was working to create a more “inviting, inclusive and cohesive community” after reports of an employee allegedly refusing to serve a pair of police officers.

Mike Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, told Fox News that an officer and officer trainee walked into a Chocolati Cafes store in the Wallingford neighborhood when they were refused service. 

“They were met with a bit of hostility,” he said. “But based upon the amount of pushback that company has received from the public and across the nation is that people are still really supportive of the police.”

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The Post Millennial reported the officers were ignored when one of them asked for a box of chocolates. The employee reportedly replied: “No, I won’t serve you.”

In a message posted to its Facebook page on Wednesday, Chocolati said the employee’s actions do not represent the company.

“Although we do respect this team member’s freedom of speech, the actions in this instance do not represent our views as a company,” the statement read. “Discrimination is not a practice that we believe will heal the divide within our city, and we are committed to being a safe and welcoming place for every one of our neighbors.”

Calls to the store location went unanswered. 

Solan said he is willing to meet with the employee to have a discussion. 

“I’m hopeful that this employee can get informed,” he said. “I commend the company’s ownership for taking it seriously.”

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The Post Millenial reported that employees at the store have shown disdain for police officers in the past. A third officer told the outlet he was refused service at another Chocolati location. 

The incident comes at a time when the Seattle Police Department is losing officers. Nearly 180 police officers quit last year and another 66 officers so far this year, Police Chief Adrian Diaz said. 



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Brooklyn homeowner calls 911 after finding flock of sheep in backyard


It’s not everyday you see livestock wandering the streets of New York City.

But a Brooklyn homeowner called 911 Friday to report a flock of young sheep had gathered in his back alley, police said.

Pictures show the lambs huddled tightly on a narrow concrete space near a garden hose and exterior wiring before police corralled them into a trailer for transportation.

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It was not immediately clear where they’d come from. They were estimated to be under 1 year old.

Mounted police and the NYPD’s emergency services units “safely wrangled them up,” according to the department.

The eight rescued animals were taken to the New York City Animal Care Centers in Brooklyn.

The NYCACC later said that the animals had subsequently been sent to Skylands Sanctuary in Wantage, New Jersey, about 70 miles away.

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The shelter specializes in animals rescued from slaughterhouses and live markets as well as neglect, abuse and abandonment, according to its website.



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Colorado police officers resign after video shows them laughing at arrest of 73-year-old woman with dementia


Three police officers involved in the arrest of a 73-year-old woman with dementia last year in Loveland, Colorado, have resigned after the woman’s attorney released a video of the officers laughing about the arrest inside the police station. 

“Our goal at the Loveland Police Department has always been to make our community proud,” Loveland Police Chief Robert Ticer said at a news conference Friday. “We failed and we are very sorry for that.”

Loveland Police Officers Austin Hopp, Daria Jalali and Community Services Officer Tyler Blackett resigned from their positions as a result of the arrest. 

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Police originally apprehended Karen Garner in June 2020 after she allegedly left a Walmart without paying for a few items. Hopp caught up to her in a field and pushed her to the ground after she turned away from him. 

Garner filed a lawsuit this month that says she suffered a dislocated shoulder as a result of the arrest and did not receive medical attention for six hours after she was taken to the police station. 

Her attorney, Sarah Schielke, released a video from inside the police station that shows the officers laughing about the arrest while rewatching the bodycam footage. 

Hopp was apparently aware he injured her, asking the other officers, “Ready for the pop?”

“I was pushing, pushing, pushing. I hear — pop. I was like, ‘Oh no,’” Hopp can be heard saying. 

Jalali put her head in her hands and said, “I hate this.” Another male officer responded, “I love it.”

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Schielke, the attorney for Garner, called the officers’ actions during the arrest and afterward “utterly disgusting.”

“Loveland knew. They’ve known all along,” Schielke said after she released the video. “They failed Karen Garner. They failed the community. And they did it all on camera. Do you realize how horrifying that is? That means they were used to getting away with it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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Teen daughter of NJ anti-violence activist abducted, killed in South Carolina


The body of the 15-year-old daughter of a New Jersey anti-violence activist was found Thursday in a wooded area in South Carolina, authorities said. 

Sanaa Amenhotep, the daughter of Sharif Malik Amenhotep, a member of Newark’s Brick City Peace Collective, was discovered in Lexington County after a nearly three-week search, officials said.  

Amenhotep announced his daughter’s death in a Facebook post. 

“My first heir Sanaa Mahari Amenhotep I can’t believe she gone from us you shattered the hearts of my entire family the pain I will never be the same,” he wrote. 

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The body of Sanaa Amenhotep, 15, was found Thursday after a nearly three-week search following her disappearance earlier this month. 

The body of Sanaa Amenhotep, 15, was found Thursday after a nearly three-week search following her disappearance earlier this month. 
(Richland County Sheriff’s Department )

“Hari I’m sorry Princess I didn’t protect u I promise u will never ever leave my heart or mind I cherish all 15 years of your life u spent with me I would lay down my life for u My Mom and Grandma got you I got Sade and the rest of your sisters and brothers I love u so much,” he wrote in a subsequent post. 

A 17-year-old male has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and authorities are looking for Treveon Jamar Nelson, who is expected to be charged with the same.  

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Amenhotep had been missing since April 5 after leaving her home in Columbia, S.C. She left with two males “probably voluntarily” before it turned into a kidnapping, he said. 

“I told the parents we would bring her home, and we have done that,” Lott told reporters. “Unfortunately, we didn’t bring her home the way that we all prayed and wished that we could.”

The sheriff urged Nelson to turn himself in, saying “he can’t run and hide.”

“We need him,” he said. “He needs to be arrested, and arrested very quickly.”

Lott said there was “gang-related” activity connected to the case but declined to elaborate.

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In a statement, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka expressed his condolences.

“On behalf of the people of Newark, I would like to express my sincere condolences to Sharif Malik Amenhotep, on the tragic loss of his beautiful and intelligent black daughter, Sanaa Amenhotep, who was kidnapped and murdered in South Carolina,” he said. “No parent should ever have to bury their child. It is an inexplicable loss that defies imagination.”



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Florida passes social media bill that would punish companies for banning politicians


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to approve legislation backed by state Republican lawmakers this week that would penalize social media companies for banning politicians from their platforms.

Under the legislation, social media platforms would face fines of $250,000 per day for banning a Florida political candidate and $25,000 for other candidates. Platforms would also be required to publish standards on when users could face bans and to provide seven days of notice to candidates who face a potential suspension.

“This bill is not about President Trump,” Republican Florida Rep. John Snyder said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “This bill is about the 22 million Floridians and their First Amendment rights.”

The bill, SB 7072, applies to companies with more than 100 million monthly users – a standard that would affect Facebook and Twitter. Republicans, including DeSantis, have long accused social media platforms of attempting to silence conservative voices.

Criticism of prominent social media platforms intensified after several companies opted to permanently ban Donald Trump’s accounts following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Trump has yet to return to social media.

The GOP-controlled Florida Senate approved the bill in a 23-17 vote. The state’s House voted 77-37 to approve the bill.

The legislation drew widespread criticism from state Democratic lawmakers who argued the bill was a politically motivated response to Trump’s ban. Democrats also questioned language included in a final version of the bill that effectively exempted Disney-owned apps by noting that theme park operators weren’t subject to the rules.

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Democratic Rep. Anna Eskamani said the exemption for Disney was “comical.”

“This exemption for companies that own theme parks is an example of the loophole in this bill,” Eskamani said. “This bill is really political in nature. It’s not about trying to impact the concerns of deplatforming. Now it’s catering to a specific company.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Brooklyn homeowner calls 911 after finding flock of sheep in backyard


It’s not everyday you see livestock wandering the streets of New York City.

But a Brooklyn homeowner called 911 Friday to report a flock of young sheep had gathered in his back alley, police said.

Pictures show the lambs huddled tightly on a narrow concrete space near a garden hose and exterior wiring before police corralled them into a trailer for transportation.

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It was not immediately clear where they’d come from. They were estimated to be under 1 year old.

Mounted police and the NYPD’s emergency services units “safely wrangled them up,” according to the department.

The eight rescued animals were taken to the New York City Animal Care Centers in Brooklyn.

The NYCACC later said that the animals had subsequently been sent to Skylands Sanctuary in Wantage, New Jersey, about 70 miles away.

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The shelter specializes in animals rescued from slaughterhouses and live markets as well as neglect, abuse and abandonment, according to its website.



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Teen daughter of NJ anti-violence activist abducted, killed in South Carolina


The body of the 15-year-old daughter of a New Jersey anti-violence activist was found Thursday in a wooded area in South Carolina, authorities said. 

Sanaa Amenhotep, the daughter of Sharif Malik Amenhotep, a member of Newark’s Brick City Peace Collective, was discovered in Lexington County after a nearly three-week search, officials said.  

Amenhotep announced his daughter’s death in a Facebook post. 

“My first heir Sanaa Mahari Amenhotep I can’t believe she gone from us you shattered the hearts of my entire family the pain I will never be the same,” he wrote. 

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The body of Sanaa Amenhotep, 15, was found Thursday after a nearly three-week search following her disappearance earlier this month. 

The body of Sanaa Amenhotep, 15, was found Thursday after a nearly three-week search following her disappearance earlier this month. 
(Richland County Sheriff’s Department )

“Hari I’m sorry Princess I didn’t protect u I promise u will never ever leave my heart or mind I cherish all 15 years of your life u spent with me I would lay down my life for u My Mom and Grandma got you I got Sade and the rest of your sisters and brothers I love u so much,” he wrote in a subsequent post. 

A 17-year-old male has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and authorities are looking for Treveon Jamar Nelson, who is expected to be charged with the same.  

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Amenhotep had been missing since April 5 after leaving her home in Columbia, S.C. She left with two males “probably voluntarily” before it turned into a kidnapping, he said. 

“I told the parents we would bring her home, and we have done that,” Lott told reporters. “Unfortunately, we didn’t bring her home the way that we all prayed and wished that we could.”

The sheriff urged Nelson to turn himself in, saying “he can’t run and hide.”

“We need him,” he said. “He needs to be arrested, and arrested very quickly.”

Lott said there was “gang-related” activity connected to the case but declined to elaborate.

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In a statement, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka expressed his condolences.

“On behalf of the people of Newark, I would like to express my sincere condolences to Sharif Malik Amenhotep, on the tragic loss of his beautiful and intelligent black daughter, Sanaa Amenhotep, who was kidnapped and murdered in South Carolina,” he said. “No parent should ever have to bury their child. It is an inexplicable loss that defies imagination.”



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Colorado police officers resign after video shows them laughing at arrest of 73-year-old woman with dementia


Three police officers involved in the arrest of a 73-year-old woman with dementia last year in Loveland, Colorado, have resigned after the woman’s attorney released a video of the officers laughing about the arrest inside the police station. 

“Our goal at the Loveland Police Department has always been to make our community proud,” Loveland Police Chief Robert Ticer said at a news conference Friday. “We failed and we are very sorry for that.”

Loveland Police Officers Austin Hopp, Daria Jalali and Community Services Officer Tyler Blackett resigned from their positions as a result of the arrest. 

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Police originally apprehended Karen Garner in June 2020 after she allegedly left a Walmart without paying for a few items. Hopp caught up to her in a field and pushed her to the ground after she turned away from him. 

Garner filed a lawsuit this month that says she suffered a dislocated shoulder as a result of the arrest and did not receive medical attention for six hours after she was taken to the police station. 

Her attorney, Sarah Schielke, released a video from inside the police station that shows the officers laughing about the arrest while rewatching the bodycam footage. 

Hopp was apparently aware he injured her, asking the other officers, “Ready for the pop?”

“I was pushing, pushing, pushing. I hear — pop. I was like, ‘Oh no,’” Hopp can be heard saying. 

Jalali put her head in her hands and said, “I hate this.” Another male officer responded, “I love it.”

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Schielke, the attorney for Garner, called the officers’ actions during the arrest and afterward “utterly disgusting.”

“Loveland knew. They’ve known all along,” Schielke said after she released the video. “They failed Karen Garner. They failed the community. And they did it all on camera. Do you realize how horrifying that is? That means they were used to getting away with it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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