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Pasquotank OKs Peace Initiative that will feature citizen advisory board

By Paul Nielsen 

Sep 16, 2021

Pasquotank commissioners approved a Peace Initiative earlier this week that will include forming a Citizen’s Advisory Council to review allegations of misconduct by the Sheriff’s Office, among other duties.

The move comes almost five months after Andrew Brown Jr. was shot and killed by three Pasquotank sheriff’s deputies as they executed a drug-related search warrant at his residence in the city on April 21.

A month later, District Attorney Andrew Womble announced that after receiving the State Bureau of Investigation’s report on Brown’s shooting that the three deputies would not face criminal charges.

The Citizen’s Advisory Council, or CAC, is one of three parts of what the county is referring to as its Peace Initiative. The other two parts will include hiring the non-profit, Arizona-based Police2Peace organization to conduct “micro community listening sessions” and to rebrand Sheriff’s Office employees as “peace officers.”

Commissioners voted to pay Peace2Police up to $50,000 for the listening sessions and rebranding.

Commissioner Jonathan Meads opposed the measure during a Finance Committee meeting earlier Monday, citing concerns on who would be appointed to the CAC.

“We want to do something to move our community forward,” County Manager Sparty Hammett told commissioners.

The first step will be forming a task force that will be charged with organizing the CAC.

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