“You can’t swing a skunk in front of a group of people and tell them not to smell it.”
Goes the old adage, which was voiced against the judge’s ruling to deny the release of the footage of Andrew Brown Jr.’s assassination by law enforcement in Elizabeth City, NC last week. Indeed, everything about the judge’s refusal gives off a foul odor. Despite his claims about the “fair, impartial, and orderly adminstration of justice,” it is patently obvious that he is more worried about public reactions to what has been described as nothing else than another deliberate execution of an unarmed black man. It is clear from the pre-emptive state of emergency and curfew in Elizabeth City that the video contains images so egregious that there is a concerted effort to cover it up and hide it away until the heat dies down.
Police murder has been on the rise since the trial and conviction of Derek Chauvin and is now occurring several times a day: this includes the recent slayings of Duante Wright, Ma’Khia Bryant, and Mario Gonzalez, the latter of whom was pinned to the ground by officers in the same manner as George Floyd. Consequently, justice will only be possible outside of the very system that is responsible for this brutality. What we mean is that it’s up to those who are hunted by cops with firearms and tasers to decide on what actually happened when Andrew Brown was gunned down. That is to say, it’s up to the people, who have been in the street every night in response to his murder, to pass their judgment. However, the hammer cannot replace the gavel until we can all view the videos.
For this reason, we are calling on all hackers, hacktivists, and decentralized formations of the Anonymous movement to obtain and leak the footage to the world. There are, reportedly, six videos that the Pasquotank Sheriff’s Office are withholding from wider scrutiny. Every day they steal our loved ones from us, the least we can do is steal a half a dozen video files from them…
- The Young, The Angry, and The Black