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Andrew Brown Was a Career Criminal

Posted on | April 27, 2021 | No Comments

The shooting of Andrew Brown by sheriff’s deputies in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, has gotten a lot of national media attention, but I’ve avoided comment on the controversy because we haven’t seen video of the shooting, and therefore cannot evaluate assertions by activists that the shooting was unjustified. Based entirely on descriptions of the shooting, it sounds as if this was one of those situations where, once the first shot was fired, everybody felt a need to start shooting. This is what happens occasionally when you’ve got multiple armed officers on the scene, and Pasquotank County deputies were serving two warrants — a search warrant and also a warrant for Brown’s arrest — at his residence.

We haven’t seen the video and don’t actually know what happened, however, so I will continue to reserve judgment on whether this shooting was legally justified. However, I must object to the way the media is promoting a Sainted Civil Rights Martyr myth around this case.

Andrew Brown dindu nuffin, we are told. He was an innocent victim.

Excuse my French, but this is a steaming pile of bullshit. Andrew Brown was committing crimes his entire life. He never had any other career:

Public records show a history of convictions for drug dealing by Brown, and he was arrested in November 2020 on drug charges.
In 2004, Brown was convicted of speeding to elude arrest. Between 2006 and 2008 he was convicted of multiple misdemeanors for communicating threats and one for violating an order of protection. He had earlier convictions for assault, domestic trespass and wanton injury to person or property, in addition to multiple property and drug crimes.

His first adult arrest was at age 18, and he was busted for drug dealing as recently as six months ago. He “had a criminal rap sheet over 180 pages long and dating back to May 1988.”

The only reason anyone outside of Pasquotank County, North Carolina, is paying attention to this case is because Andrew Brown was black.

Well, like I said, we don’t know what happened that caused the deputies to open fire on Brown during that raid, and I’ll reserve judgment, but don’t expect me to buy any media myths about this BMW-driving dope dealer being some kind of hero, Saint Andrew of the Blessed Rock.




 

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