ROXBORO – A curfew was enacted for parts of Roxboro on Tuesday, extending through Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The impetus for the measure was rumors of outside groups of armed agitators — the New Black Panther Party — planning to hijack the mourning of David Brooks Jr., a man armed with a shotgun who was shot and killed by police on Friday, and make a scene.
To be sure, the actual mourners of Brooks held events to celebrate his life, decry his death, and ask for change….peacefully. However, David Brooks Sr., the victim’s father, distanced his family and his son from the out of town agitator, saying he won’t allow them to ‘corrupt the people of this county.’
“We have to live here,” said Brooks Sr., explaining why he confronted the armed agitators to let them know they weren’t welcome.
“He wants to cuss and raise all this heck. I’m not dealing with that. I didn’t ask for them to be here. He’s here by his own choice. He’s not going to come here and corrupt people in this county. We have to live here.”
Good for Mr. Brooks, who is mourning the loss of his son regardless of what the investigation reveals, to have the wherewithal and decency to stand up to radicals that too often exploit tragedies to push their own radical agenda.
So far there have not been any incidents, and hopefully the message from Mr. Brooks was heard loud and clear by the Marxian extremists that sought to sully his son’s memory with extreme rhetoric and morally bankrupt ideologies.
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