Criminal Justice


George White had an astounding political career, beginning in 1881 with his election from Craven to serve in the North Carolina House of Representatives. In 1885 he served in the State Senate. In 1896 White moved to Tarboro and launched a successful bid for a national seat. Voters in what was called the “Black Second” Congressional District, had already sent three African Americans to Congress. White was elected twice, and was the last remaining Black US Congressman when he introduced the first antilynching bill in 1900.
This NC Lawmaker Called for an Antilynching Law 100 Years Ago. This Week, We Got One.

The US will finally make lynching a federal crime, after more than a century of attempts. C&P looks at the long road to justice. It only took 122 years to declare lynching a federal hate crime, after a long-sought bill passed Congress this week.  The Emmett Till Antilynching Act passed the US House with three...

Protesters march along the streets to protest the shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City, N.C., Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Brown's killing made NC the center of the racial justice movement in 2021. (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.

Protesters march along the streets to protest the shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City, N.C., Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Brown's killing made NC the center of the racial justice movement in 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Andrew Brown and Ronald Greene Weren’t Killed By Bad Apples. They Were Killed By a Bad Orchard.

We can’t talk about police reform in North Carolina without talking about the racist origins of policing in America and in the South.

ELIZABETH CITY, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 03: Jha'rod Ferebee wipes a tear away during the funeral for his father Andrew Brown Jr. at the Fountain of Life church on May 03, 2021 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Mr. Brown was shot to death by Pasquotank County Sheriff's deputies on April 21.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
District Attorney Says Police ‘Justified’ in Killing Andrew Brown. Family, Advocates Not Convinced.

The Elizabeth City shooting has made northeast North Carolina into the center of the racial justice movement for now.

ELIZABETH CITY, NC - MAY 11: A man riding a bicycle uses a bullhorn during a protest march following a news conference addressing police video footage of the shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr. on May 11, 2021 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Brown was shot and killed by officers from the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office on April 21. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Show Us The Tape: North Carolina’s New Bodycam Bill Keeps Public in the Dark

Pasquotank County law enforcement and Andrew Brown Jr.'s family are telling wildly different stories about his death. Why take anyone’s word for it if there’s tape?