Harold Pharr Easter was an African-American man from North Carolina, United States. He died three days after he was arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers.
“We don’t care what he had been accused of,” WSOC TV quoted his friend Gemini Boyd, a community activist in Charlotte, as saying. “The fact is he’s not here today because some people didn’t follow protocol.”
In an interview with WCNC, Easter was described as “a genuine person he looked out for his community, not only his community but pretty much everybody” by his sister Andrell Sherill Mackey. Their cousin Tyrone Sifford told the Charlotte Observer, “It hurt us to our heart because we really didn’t know what was going on.”
“He took his kids to daycare and preschool and school every day, oftentimes staying the day with them and helping out at the school,” Easter’s family’s lawyer Alex Heroy told CNN. Here are 13 more things about the late North Carolina man:
- He was born on November 30, 1978 to Harold “Junebug” Pharr Jr. and Helen V. Mackey.
- He was 5’8″.
- He has four children.
- He was engaged to Valecia Mobley.
- He is the brother of Tadarian Pendegrass and Nadia Pharr and nephew of Belinda Pharr and Zena Pharr. He is also related to Nihemiah T. Mackey and Andrew L. Mackey Jr.
- On October 30, 2014, he was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina for possession of marijuana.
- On November 6, 2015, he was arrested for possession of marijuana and resisting public officer. He was jailed in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and was released on November 7, 2015.
- On April 16, 2016, his grandfather Harold Pharr Sr., who was born in Huntersville, Mecklenburg County, died in Charlotte.
- On June 16, 2016, he was arrested for probation violation. He was jailed in Charlotte and was released on June 18, 2016.
- His father, who was born on July 17, 1960, died on September 19, 2018.
- As the subject of a narcotics investigation, he ingested a large amount of cocaine when he was pulled over in the vehicle he was driving on January 23, 2020. He was arrested for possession of marijuana and cocaine at 11:30 a.m. near Whisnant Street and Burton Street in Charlotte. At 12:19 p.m., he was placed in an interview room of the CMPD’s Metro Division Office. While in the room, he was not continuously supervised. He experienced a serious medical emergency and fell to the floor at 1:06 p.m. An officer found him at 1:13 p.m. and called for medical help. Charlotte Medic performed CPR on him in the hallway of the precinct before he was rushed to the Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte. CMPD officers Brentley Vinson, Michael Benfield, Michael Joseph and Shon Sheffield and Sergeant Nicolas Vincent had “intimate knowledge” that he had swallowed cocaine during the traffic stop and was “left unattended inside an interview room for more than 20 minutes,” FOX 46 Charlotte quoted CMPD chief Johnny Jennings as saying.
- He spent a lot of time in his grandmother’s house on Burton Street, a neighbor named Frances Berry, born in 1949, told the Charlotte Observer.
- On January 26, 2020, he died at the Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center.
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