Last month, Elizabeth City, N.C., council member Gabriel Adkins held back tears as he delivered a speech to his colleagues hours after police fatally shot Andrew Brown Jr., saying that he feared he might be next.
“As a Black man sitting here tonight, I’m afraid. I’m afraid that I may be the next one, you know,” Adkins said, alluding to Brown, a 42-year-old Black man whose attorneys have said was unarmed when police shot him outside his home.
Now, after joining protesters demanding that video of the shooting be released, he claims police are targeting him. Twice last week, Adkins said, surveillance video at a funeral home he owns showed a police officer in uniform urinating on his property.