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Police Officer Norvelle Brown

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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Reflections for Police Officer Norvelle Brown

To Norvelle and the Brown Family - I was relieved to hear the guilty verdict!! I hope you are able to rest a little easier knowing that justice has been served for Norvelle. He will never be forgotten. Norvelle - I know you are watching over your family this week - may you finally rest in peace. God bless all of you.-Jayne McEntee, sister of Sgt. Bill McEntee

Jayne McEntee

August 13, 2009

Choices

Two children grew up on the north side of the city,
The neighborhood impoverished, the streets were all gritty,
Both were frustrated on the streets where they stood,
They both made choices, one evil, one good.

The good man’s choice made a change for the best,
By serving his community with a badge on his chest.
The evil choice was to be bitter and hate,
And to travel the wrong road, instead of traveling the straight.

The good man impact was felt all around,
On the streets and in the neighborhood, they loved Norvelle Brown,
He vowed to protect, and he vowed to serve,
And he was making a difference around every curve,

The man who held anger, and evil, and spite,
Held all these things with all of his might,
He decided one day to let that anger outside,
And that fateful night, the two paths did collide,

The good man accepted a gun a year before,
When he finished his training, and crossed through that door,
To become a policeman and proudly wear the blue,
And take that old neighborhood, and make something new.

The man with the evil that ran through his veins,
Sought out a gun, for reasons insane,
He wanted to hurt the very man that was there,
To protect him and his, from tragedy and despair,

That night in the neighborhood there was a loud sound,
And then the fine young officer hit the ground,
And evil had triumphed, but just for a minute,
Because Officer Brown’s heart had much more in it,

And all the folks saw it, as they learned of his life’s plan,
His heart was full of love for his fellow man,
If we all take a lesson from this awesome young man,
And we all try to help, and do what we can,

God’s intent was clear why he gave us Norvelle Brown,
It wasn’t just to protect, but to heal this town,
God took him back quickly, a short time here he spent,
He had completed his watch brilliantly, and to Heaven he went.

And God left the other, to find his way home,
To learn from his mistakes, and on wrong paths not roam,
And rid his heart of the evil that would make,
A young man kill another, a valued life he did take.

And God left us here also, as we should be part of the movement,
And although we don’t harbor evil, there is room for improvement.
It is easy to sit back, enjoy life, and judge,
But if you aren’t part of the solution, you might take this nudge,

Officer Brown’s death was a lesson sadly learned that day,
So understand that there are choices in every turn along the way,
Some take the path of least resistant, and the wrong path some may roam,
But the man who takes the honorable path, will always find his way home.

God bless you, Officer Brown!

Anonymous

August 12, 2009

Norvelle - the jury's back...GUILTY OF MURDER 1ST AND ARMED CRIMINAL ACTION!!!!!!!!!!!! The sentencing is 10/9. May your family now finally put some sort of closure on your senseless murder...RIP MY BROTHER IN BLUE.

From the St. Louis Post:

UPDATE:
A jury has found Antonio Andrews guity in the 2007 death of St. Louis police Officer Norvelle Brown.

ST. LOUIS — Detectives took video statements two years ago from several teens from the neighborhood where St. Louis police Officer Norvelle Brown was gunned down days before.

Each gave details incriminating their friend and fellow gang member, Antonio Andrews, then 15, as the killer.But on the witness stand Tuesday in Andrews' first-degree murder trial as an adult, each tried to take it back.Xavier McCully, now 20, and Lamont Johnson III, now 17, told detectives on the video that they saw Andrews pull a gun on Brown. In court, both said they never saw him with a weapon that night.

"I got scared," Johnson explained to the jury. "When we got into the police station, (the detective) put stuff in and I went along with it."

Another young man, Thomas Weeks, had told police during an audiotaped interview that Andrews confessed to him after the murder. But Weeks told the jury Tuesday he could not remember the conversation.

Prosecutor Sean O'Hagan opened the trial by telling jurors that evidence will show Andrews shot Brown Aug. 15, 2007, after a brief chase in the 1600 block of Semple Avenue.

Andrews and Johnson were walking together and ran when Brown drove up the street, made a U-turn and pulled to the curb near them, O'Hagan said. Brown ran after Andrews, who turned and fired one shot at the officer, the prosecutor said.
Brown, 22, died at a hospital. He had been on the force just a year.

St. Louis Medical Examiner Michael Graham testified that the bullet hit Brown in the back of the shoulder and then pierced his pulmonary artery and lungs. Officials previously said the slug barely missed the edge of his bullet-resistant vest.

Defense attorney Geralyn Ruess insisted that Andrews is innocent of the crime. She emphasized that the only eyewitnesses — other teens with Andrews that night — gave conflicting stories.

"They said they were pressured by police to make a statement," Ruess said.

McCully, who was given immunity from prosecution and compelled to testify, claimed that a detective squeezed his neck and threatened him before recording his statement. He said he took photos of his bruises.

But O'Hagan showed the jury a photo of McCully taken at the jail after his interview with police; it showed no injuries.

Johnson said detectives threatened to prosecute him if he didn't point a finger at Andrews.

During his video statement, recorded with his mother by his side, Johnson said Andrews was carrying a revolver for protection that night. He said they all fled when Brown tried to question them.

Johnson claimed in the interview that Andrews pulled the gun and said, "I'm getting tired of running. I'm getting tired of them chasing us."

your brother in blue
SLMPD

August 12, 2009

Norvelle,
Please be with your family and friends during the trial and as your end of watch date approaches. We are praying for your family and friends. I saw your Mom again at Jeff City and met your brother and other family members. I can tell that you really mean alot to your family and they love you very much.

I know that all of you guys in heaven are looking out for all of the officers down here still trying to patrol the streets. They need all of your help..

Thanks for everything you did for the city of St. Louis. I wish that I could have met you.

Kelly
Officer Nicholas Sloan's sister EOW 1/30/04

August 12, 2009

Norvelle - I am praying for you and your family. I know they have some difficult times ahead. I know you will be there to give them strength.

Kathy McEntee, sister of Bill McEntee

August 11, 2009

Norvelle,
Tomorrow starts the trial for your murderer...jury selection only. I didn't know you, however will be attending the opening statements on Tuesday, 9 am (Civil Court Building, Division 12, 7th floor). There was another police-related shooting on the southside last night. The copper is not hurt and struck the subject twice, although he is stable. Watch over us down here. RIP brother in blue.

Anonymous

August 10, 2009

to my son norvelle mom miss you very much i thank god evertday that is thought enough o me to give me angle so sweet lovin as you baby i want you to known that i keep hold my head up strong because you said tobe strong known matter what life so my head is hang high just let you kmown your mother is strong black women

allie
mother

August 5, 2009

Officer Brown, thank you for your service. Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

March 27, 2009

its been a year and your still missed!

Anonymous

January 2, 2009

Norvelle,

There's not a day that goes by I don' think about you. I remember when you caught the dude robbing the barbershop and I had my burglar caught in the act. In the holdover side by side; that whole day was a trip. I knew you barely a year, but I'll remember you FOREVER brother. Each time I step out the car, I take an extra step for you.

I love you man. REST IN PEAE

P.O. Webster
SLMPD

December 13, 2008

Tarell im so hurt to see you gone. We were really just getting to know each other. From what i did see of you you were a very important person in all of your family's lives. They all love you so much. I remember seeing you when you were working as security at Walgreen's almost every night. Most of all i remember your loving smile. I wish i could have gotten more time to know you, but in the little time i did get you touched my life in a major way. U will forever be missed and always loved.

Tyara
Family Friend

November 17, 2008

May you rest in peace my brother in blue!

P.O. -- B.L.
SLMPD - FELLOW OFFICER

August 27, 2008

Your Mom and family and friends are in my prayers on this very sad anniversary. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Norvelle.

Kathy McEntee
sister of Sgt. Bill McEntee EOW 7/5/05

August 15, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today on this sad anniversary. Watch over them, especially today - they will need you. You will never be forgotten. God bless you. Jayne McEntee, sister of Sgt. Bill McEntee, EOW 07/05/05

Anonymous

August 15, 2008

On this day, may God be with your family, friends, and fellow officers. May your presence be known to them this day and every day. Rest in Peace.

Miller
CPPD

August 15, 2008

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God." I am thinking of your Mom and family in DC. Be with them. Kathy, Bill McEntee's sister

May 15, 2008

Your good deeds will always be remembered. You went when called and did your tour. My prayers and heart felt thanks go to your family, my god guide them as they go to see you memorialized. Rest in peace brother job well done, 10-42 we got your shift!

Trooper

May 5, 2008

Norvelle you will not be forgotten.We will not allow that. As a member of the Police Unity Tour I will ride in your Honor from NJ to Washington DC in memory of you and your sevice to this Nation.Your Police Unity Tour Wrist band will be left at the "wall" for you. May god bless you and your Family."We ride for those that died" is our motto but, what is more important is the way we lived.

LT. Joseph Franklin (ret)
Roxbury Police NJ

April 27, 2008

You where more than a police officer your where a foundation of a great leader. You always where the one out of all the rest to head in the wright direction You'll always be my brother and I never forget about you and how you touch us farewell buddy you"ll never beforgotten........

Damian D Barsh
Friend

April 23, 2008

I'll alway's remember Norvelle's smiling face. He never seemed to worry. He loved his job,the people he worked with and the community he served. He was a good policeman but a better friend. God Bless you Norvelle. We'll never forget you.

PO Walsh IV
slmpd

April 22, 2008

We will miss you Norvelle, Class 06-02.

PO O'Brien
SLMPD

April 12, 2008

Thank you for your service,Officer Brown.

CC3 James Stalcup
Tennessee Department of Correction

March 9, 2008

I AM A WARRIOR
by Jon F. Hooper

I stand with God. I fight not for glory or fame,
For they are momentary.
I fight for those who can't.
I fight for Justice.
I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden.
And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets,
For I serve to protect the innocent.
It matters not where or when,
For evil knows no boundaries.
Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny,
I will not flee.
Justice is my weapon.
Faith is my shield.
Hope is my armor.
Cry not at my passing,
For it was my Honor to fight for you.
Shed not tears of sorrow,
But tears of joy,
For now,
I stand with God.

It's always sad to hear of another officer who has lost his life in the line of duty; however, the circumstances of Ofc Brown's murder is of the very worst mankind can offer. "Ambushed." Killed for being who he is and doing what he chose to do. The badge that is pinned on our chest on graduation day is suppose to stand for justice, honor, and service. Saddly those badges have turned into targets for ridicule and violence that all LEO's know too well.

"In valor there is hope" Ofc Brown. I'll see you in Heaven.

Ofc BJ Horn
Adrian, MI PD

January 26, 2008

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the man they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Officer Brown. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Norvelle, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Norvelle's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Norvelle's life was about so much more than the way he died. Norvelle will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Officer Brown, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been almost five years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,


Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Surviving Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

December 30, 2007

Dear family of Officer Brown- I was married to a deputy for 16 years. Although we are no longer married I remember the pride I had for my guy. I remember the fear I lived with everyday. God bless all of you. Chris


Police wife

December 27, 2007

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