"Young black men die every day. If he were white it would be a different situation," he later told CNN.
His opinion ignited anger in some who Brown said verbally attacked him in the street that day. Police were called to break it up.
One of Landry's supporters, Nadra Enzi, argues this has nothing to do with race, and that Brown is trying to take advantage of the passionate pleas that came out of the Zimmerman trial.
Enzi says he's been an anti-crime activist in the city for 20 years and himself was once a victim of an attempted home invasion. He's now a member of the Home Defense Foundation of New Orleans. He's also black. In fact, his community activism nickname is "Captain Black."
"I just want all the facts to be weighed and to consider that here is a man that is a responsible member of the community," he said. "He did not invite this encounter and I think that needs to be paramount."