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Protesters march along the streets to protest the shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City, N.C., Wednesday, April 28, 2021. On Wednesday, 85 days after Brown's shooting, the family filed a federal lawsuit, claiming they could not get justice in North Carolina state courts from local officials. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Andrew Brown’s Family Takes Lawsuit Federal so He Can ‘Get the Justice That He Deserved’

Brown was killed in April by Pasquotank County deputies who shot him in the back of the head as he drove away.

James Coleman Jr., one of the nation's foremost wrongful convictions attorneys, spoke with Cardinal & Pine about the sometimes painful process of getting a pardon for already exonerated people in North Carolina. (Image via Duke University)
They’re Innocent, So Why Does Pardoning Take So Long? One of NC’s Top Wrongful Conviction Attorneys Speaks Up.

“It’s actually worse under a Democratic governor,” James Coleman Jr. of Duke’s Wrongful Convictions Clinic says of NC's pardon process.

When Matt Oxendine threatened to kill himself, his family called deputies for help. But deputies ended up shooting him to death. Collage from L to R: (1) A text message from Matt's cousin to Robeson County deputies attempting to call law enforcement off shortly before the shooting. (2) Matt with his daughter, Madison. (3) A photo of Matt Oxendine. (4) The Oxendine brothers from L to R, Greg, Marcus, Chesly, Matt.  (5) A photo of Matt's car after police shot him 30 times in January. (Collage made by Rebecca Russ)
Family Left in the Dark Months After Robeson County Man Shot 30 Times by Deputies

A North Carolina family called police for help when Matt Oxendine threatened suicide. Instead, deputies killed him.

ELIZABETH CITY, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 27: Patrice Revelle stands in front of police in riot gear as they force people off a street as they protest the killing of Andrew Brown Jr. on April 27, 2021 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The police were enforcing an 8 pm curfew announced after the shooting death of Brown by Pasquotank County Sheriff deputies on April 21.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
After Elizabeth City Shooting, North Carolina Democrats Push for Speedy Release of Bodycam Footage

Some NC Dems introduced a bill Tuesday to change the law surrounding the release of police bodycam footage after Andrew Brown Jr.'s killing.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., left, and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, walk from a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Civics Teacher: Tillis and Burr Are Completely Wrong About the Constitution

A NC civics teacher takes on US Senators Tillis and Burr’s objections to former President Trump's second impeachment.

Graphic via Denzel Boyd
Biden’s Next Big Challenge: How to Deal With Trump’s Takeover of the Courts

“If somebody believes they are a victim of discrimination in their workplace, the final say on whether our civil rights laws are properly enforced is a lower court judge,” Daniel Goldberg, legal director of the nonprofit advocacy group Alliance for Justice, told COURIER.

Wrongfully imprisoned for more than 40 years, Ronnie Long received word of his pardon from Gov. Roy Cooper hours after the publication of a Cardinal & Pine series in 2020. (Image via 'Free Ronnie Long' on Facebook)
‘Tears of Joy’: After Four Decades of Wrongful Imprisonment, Ronnie Long Pardoned

Ronnie Long, who was featured this week in a Cardinal & Pine series, received word of his pardon Thursday from NC Gov. Roy Cooper.