ROXBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — After several arrests during a protest over the weekend, Roxboro has enacted a curfew starting Tuesday afternoon.
The protests and curfew come after a man was shot and killed by Roxboro police Friday. David Brooks Jr., 45, died in the shooting and a sawed-off shotgun was found at the scene later, officials said.
Police say Brooks was shot minutes after officers responded to a call around 10:30 a.m. Friday of an armed man on Old Durham Road near Dollar General.
Brooks’ brother, Jerriminco Brooks, said his family felt the need to call in outside protection.
“The protection came from the Black Panther Party. That was in place, per my brother, due to his sovereignty in the United States of America,” Brooks said. “He had that in place because he had been harassed numerous times and we just wanted it to stop.”
The Brooks family wanted people to know they were peaceful.
“I want them to know that I am not threatening. I embrace the police department because I pay my taxes here. My family pay their taxes here,” Brooks said. “The Black community pays their taxes here. We need protection from the police officers, not harassment.”
Brooks also said the curfew interfered with the family’s grieving.
“I would appreciate if they would put their guns down and let the kids and the children go to Walmart and shop like and go to the stores like they were doing normally and peacefully,” Brooks said. “Let my family mourn in peace. Right now, I have to change my energy from mourning for my brother to protecting myself and being vigilant.”
On Saturday, dozens of protesters blocked off streets, chanted and marched.
The community gathered to pray and light candles at the shooting scene later in the night. That gathering ended around 9 p.m., according to Roxboro police.
Just over an hour later, a group of 20 to 30 people, some armed with incendiary devices and Molotov cocktails, gathered in Roxboro, police said in a news release.
When the group did not disperse, police said they made arrests.
The curfew was adopted in a unanimous vote by the city council and was in effect from Tuesday at 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday and will be back in effect 7 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the Roxboro Facebook page.
A state of emergency was declared in an area of the town with a boundary on the north by Morehead Street on the east by Foushee Street on the south by Barden Street and on the west by Madison Boulevard, officials said.
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