ELIZABETH CITY – We’ve seen this movie before.
As soon as Pasquotank County DA Andrew Womble declared there would be no charges against officers in the fatal shooting of Andrew Brown, that their actions were justified, the stage was set for emotional unrest, exacerbated by social justice activists who revel in the chaos.
It was small crowd, according to Elizabeth City Police, but an obstinate one intent on disrupting traffic and raising general havoc. After some jumping on police cars and baiting stand offs with police in the street, and several ‘unlawful assembly’ warnings, police made eight arrests.
The third warning for unlawful assembly was issued at 8:40PM and a fourth warning was issued at 8:45PM by the Elizabeth City Police Department. The crowd is currently located on Elizabeth Street in between the intersections of Martin Street and Water Street.
— Elizabeth City PD (@elizcityPD) May 20, 2021
A couple of news reporters were caught in the mix, too, but were released shortly thereafter.
The tension coincided with the nonsensical ‘Spendless Wednesdays,’ in which activists implore people not to spend money in Pasquotank County on Wednesdays because that’s the day Brown was killed. It’s hard to imagine the utility in attempting to starve local businesses in one of the more economically depressed areas of the state.
This comes after protesters showed up at the home of Elizabeth City’s former deputy police chief Tuesday to oppose Womble’s decision, even though the Elizabeth City police were not involved in the shooting or the decision. This is another indication that the tumult has little to do with the facts of the case, and much to do with the nationwide anti-police, ‘anti-racist,’ Woke movement of social justice protests we’ve been watching on repeat for the last year.
Hopefully, for the sake of the residents of Elizabeth City, the social justice mob fizzles out at the focus shifts to a more useful grievance.