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NAACP gets protest permit after Elizabeth City changes curfew

Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 8:08 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2021 at 3:45 PM EDT
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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WITN) - The NAACP has received permits to hold daily protests after Elizabeth City changed its curfew.

The city began an 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew Tuesday night as protests continued over the shooting death of Andrew Brown, Jr.

Friday morning, the city updated that curfew to be from midnight to 6:00 a.m. and is now requiring those protesting to obtain permits.

The NAACP applied for a permit at city hall Friday afternoon and received one for April 30th to May 15th.

In a statement, the city said, “The only exceptions to this curfew are for traveling to and from employment or emergency. Visits to stores, gas stations, and other non-emergency travel are expected to be conducted during non-curfew hours.”

You can access the permit form here.

A handful of protesters have been arrested the past few nights for violating the curfew.

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Brown was killed last week as Pasquotank County deputies were attempting to serve a search warrant on his Perry Street home.

THURSDAY STORY

Thursday marks the third night of a curfew in Elizabeth City and once again, protesters remained out on the streets past 8:00 p.m. calling for justice in the death of Andrew Brown Junior.

Brown was killed Last week as Pasquotank County deputies were attempting to serve an arrest warrant.

A handful of protesters have been arrested each of the past two nights.

By 10:45 Thursday night, protesters had cleared the streets. At least two people were arrested Thursday night, but WITN crews on the scene say they thought they might be arrested too.

The photographer and reporter team say they were intimidated and forced to continue moving farther and farther away from the central location, even though media had permission from city leaders to cover the protests.

WITN Reporter Amber Lake said, “I thought we were going to get arrested even though we continued to heed officer commands and explained we had permission as working journalists to be on the streets past curfew.”

Councilman Gabriel Adkins spoke to the crowd before the protest started, telling them the curfew could get extended until 10:00 p.m. or lifted all based on if they remained peaceful tonight.

Adkins said, “Just come off the streets, don’t block the Camden Bridge and as long as we can do that tonight, then I’m 100% sure that we will get this curfew extended or lifted tomorrow.”

Adkins told the crowd the curfew was never a punishment to them. He said, “We had one night of some attacks, rocks thrown and eggs thrown at police after our peaceful protest had stopped, another group of people went out and did some things to the police and the next morning we woke up to a curfew. Our number one thing that we have on our mind is safety and as long as everyone continues to be peaceful we are on our way to coming off this curfew.”

Adkins says he expects a decision about the curfew to be made Friday morning at 8:00 a.m.

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