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Fight for justice: Community members set to rally for Ronald Hewett


Community members are rallying to show their support for the life and family of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett.

He passed away in July after an altercation with deputies in the New Hanover County Jail where he was being held under a federal detainer for several firearms found at his home in Supply.

Leland Community Park is where creators of the facebook page "Justice for Sheriff Ronald Hewett" say they want supporters to come to Friday night at 7 p.m.

They believe there are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding Hewett's death.

"I believe that I'm going to get the justice that the family rightfully deserves and the ones that are involved they will go down, they will see the other side of the law," Ronnie Lewis, the creator of that page said.

That's despite the release of security video from the New Hanover County Jail the day Hewett died.

In the video, you can see an altercation between Hewett and jail officials. Hewett is shown swinging at deputies and later being tased two times. He eventually passed away from what a preliminary autopsy report called a heart condition and stress.

While it may be hard to watch, officials say the video and evidence released to the media shows that jailers acted appropriately and within the law when dealing with Hewett's outburst.

But Hewett supporters say that's just not the case and they want to see more done about it. They are now working to take the investigation to the Department of Justice.

"All I hear and see is negative things. All everyone worries about is what he done in the past, they don't look at what he has done for our county," Lewis said. "He's the best sheriff we have ever had and he's the best sheriff we will ever have."

A post from the "Justice for Sheriff Ronald Hewett" is calling community members to come together to fight for Hewett and his family.

"Our meeting with the public and all if our supporters will be held this Friday at the Leland Park. We need each and everyone of you there to hear what we have so far and to continue to support Ronald and his family. It is at 7 PM and we need you all there. Let's show Brunswick County that this is a beloved man and we want Justice. Thank you all so very much."

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