Civil rights activists and religious leaders met with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday to request that the Department of Justice investigate the fatal shooting of 42-year-old Andrew Brown Jr.
What We Know:
- On April 21st, Pasquotank County sheriff deputies went to Brown’s home to serve him an arrest warrant. Brown, a father of seven, attempted to drive away and was shot multiple times by the deputies. A month later, Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble stated that the police officers’ use of deadly force was justified, stating, “Mr. Brown’s death, while tragic, was justified because Mr. Brown’s actions caused three deputies to reasonably believe it was necessary to use deadly force to protect themselves and others.”
- Along with Cooper, State Attorney General Josh Stein and members of the legislative Black Caucus were in attendance at the meeting. Keith Rivers, Pasquotank County’s NAACP chapter president, stated that the meeting was “outstanding, uplifting, rejuvenated, and re-energized.”
- Cooper believes further investigation by federal officials is needed and that “special prosecutors” should handle police shootings. He also supports state laws that make it easier for the public to obtain access to body camera footage of law enforcement-involved shootings.
- On Thursday, the group of activists traveled to Washington, DC, to met and hand-delivered a letter to the DOJ requesting them to conduct a pattern-or-practice civil rights investigation into Brown’s death. According to CNN, the meeting did take place and went “exceedingly well.”
- Rivers issued a statement saying, “[we’ve] attempted every action to get transparency at the local level, without any cooperation. Today’s meeting in Washington will make sure the voices of the people of Pasquotank County are heard. Our community has lived for decades with a long-standing history of racial discrimination from law enforcement and government officials that must be addressed by independent intervention. Our community cannot rest without impartial justice, accountability and transformative change.”
- The three deputies who shot their weapons, Deputy Daniel Meads, Deputy Robert Morgan, and Deputy Aaron Lewellyn, were all placed on administrative leave. At the same time, the State Bureau of Investigation looked into the shooting. The Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Friday that Meads and Morgan were reinstated on June 1st and 2nd, while Lewellyn has decided to resign at the end of the month. Womble has informed the public that the returning deputies will not face charges, but they will be “disciplined and retrained.”
No further information on if the DOJ will open a pattern-or-practice investigation. In April, the FBI announced they are separately conducting a federal civil investigation into Brown’s death.
Man Arrested After Shooting At Gilroy Cops During Pursuit
A 36-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after he led Gilroy police officers on a high-speed pursuit.
What We Know:
- The chase occurred around 9 p.m after police attempted to stop a man named Joshua Munoz. According to authorities, Munoz had warrants out for his arrest and was wanted for outstanding felony and misdemeanor charges.
- Munoz was charged with possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, child endangerment, brandishing a weapon, burglary, and violating probation. Munoz was pursued by officers onto Highway 101 where he allegedly opened fire. Reportedly, he held a pistol out of the driver’s side window and fired a round at officers. Nobody was injured during the incident.
- The pursuit reached Monterey County and then the California Highway Patrol took over the chase. Munoz eventually lost control of his vehicle and crashed. Afterward, Munoz attempted to flee, but officers managed to capture him.
- Police recovered a handgun and rifle on the scene. Munoz was later booked into Santa Clara County jail. In addition to previous warrants, Munoz has also been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, felony evasion, felon in possession of a firearm, and resisting arrest.
Police are still investigating and are asking anyone with additional information to contact detectives at 408-046-0335 or the anonymous tip line at 408-846-0330.
Teen Couple Joked About Dad’s Killing in New Video Evidence
A 16-year-old girl and her 18-year-old boyfriend allegedly stabbed her father to death in April.
What We Know:
- The couple allegedly made vlogs about the crime in the aftermath of the incident. The videos are being used as evidence in the case and have been presented to a Nevada grand jury this week. The videos were recorded with the intent to post them online but were never posted.
- Aaron Guerrero and Sierra Halseth are charged with murdering Daniel Halseth, Sierra’s father. The couple then burned down the Halseth’s home, which incinerated Daniel’s corpse. In the video, Guerrero can be quoted as saying, “It was worth it.”
- Sierra and Aaron both face counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Other charges include murder with a deadly weapon, first-degree arson, fraudulent use of credit cards, conspiracy to commit robbery, and robbery with a deadly weapon. The couple was caught on surveillance footage from Home Depot and WinCo purchasing the supplies needed to start a fire.
- According to CBS 8, the couple’s credit card and debit card receipts match the purchases. Authorities revealed that the couple had been dating for seven months before their parents agreed they shouldn’t date. After the incident, the couple fled to Salt Lake City. The pair was arrested in Utah, and a bloody rug was found in the teenager’s trunk.
The couple was extradited to Clark County, Nevada, and denied bail.
Man Accused of Kidnapping Dallas Boy Faces New Murder Charge
A Dallas man initially accused of kidnapping four year old Cash Gernon is now being charged with capital murder.
What We Know:
- An 18-year-old from Dallas allegedly kidnapped a sleeping Gernon from his bed last month. He is now being charged with capital murder after the toddler was found stabbed to death a few blocks away. Darriynn Brown’s charges have been upgraded on Wednesday night. This is after new evidence has been found linking him to the murder.
- Dallas police say “evidence submitted to the lab has been returned linking” Brown to the young boy. Authorities have not specified what DNA evidence they have. Police did not immediately identify Brown as the suspect. Brown was identified later on via surveillance footage taking Gernon from his bed around 5 a.m.
- Two hours after the incident, a jogger came across Gernon’s dead body lying in the street with multiple stab wounds. At the time, Cash and his twin brother Carter were staying with their father’s girlfriend, Monica Sherrod. Their father allegedly skipped town to outrun drug charges. Carter is now in the custody of his mother, Melina Seagroves.
- Police allege that Brown knew Sherrod and her teenage son, but their exact relationship is unclear. Before the DNA was returned, Brown was already facing kidnapping and burglary charges. In February, Brown walked into another Dallas home attempting to snatch a two year old girl but was stopped by her grandfather. Brown attacked the man and fled the scene without the girl.
Brown was charged with burglary and injury to an elderly person in that incident.
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