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Another unlawful killing by those who “Protect and Serve”.

Over the weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, a former football player of Florida A&M University, was shot and killed by a police officer.  The victim was 24 year-old Jonathan Ferrell; Ferrell had just moved to Charlotte from Florida.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer Randall Kerrick, 27 years old, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, and will appear in court on Monday.


The incident occurred late Saturday night, and was clearly a misunderstanding on several levels. Ferrell was looking for help after being in a car accident.  The disoriented Ferrell walked almost half a mile, when he finally reached a home in the area of the accident.  After repeatedly banging on the door of the house, the resident answered, but then closed the door on Ferrell because she did not recognize him. Reports say that Ferrell did not harm the woman, but was simply looking for help after being in a car accident.

Police were called to the scene by the frightened woman, and it was then that matters turned for the worse.  Trying to get attention of the Police, Ferrell ran towards them.  After a failed attempt of one officer using the taser gun, Kerrick fired his weapon killing Ferrell.  Kerrick fired his weapon at Ferrell several times, even though Ferrell was unarmed.

Kerrick turned himself in, but was released on bond of $50,000.

-JaLisa Dove


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