The Prosecution of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer, Randall Kerrick for Shooting Jonathan Ferrell: A Report

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Race, Crime & Justice, Soci345-60

October 24, 2013

The Prosecution of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick for the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell.

About 2:30 AM on September 14, 2013 Mr. Jonathan Ferrell Car ran off of the road and down an embankment in Charlotte-Mecklenburg area of North Carolina. Ferrell then kicked the back window out of the car to escape the entrapment of the accident. Upon being bruised and batter, Ferrell climbed up the embankment and started walking bare-footed; looking for help. Mr. Ferrell goes to a house about a quarter of a mile from the accident and bangs on the door shouting hello (*), asking for help. The owner a woman hears the banging and runs to the door thinking it is her husband coming home from work. The woman is surprised to see a black man (Ferrell) standing at her door and closes it immediately. The woman believes that this black man was trying to break into her house. She immediately calls the Police reporting an attempted home invasion or attempted break-in. The dispatcher, dispatches police to the woman’s home, reporting a break-in. Upon the police cruiser arrival to the home they see Ferrell and by pass the home, going towards Ferrell. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers Thornell Little, Adam Neal and Randall Kerrick exit their cars Farrell sees the Police and start walking towards them for help.
An Officer aims a taser at Ferrell, Farrell pulls up his pants, raises his hands in the air then turns and heads toward Officer Randall Kerrick who drew his weapon and fires twelve shots striking Mr. Farrell ten times with no commands to stop, freeze or I’ll shoot. Mr. Jonathan Farrell is pronounced dead at the scene. Office Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter later that day and released on $50,000 bail.

Lets Interpret What We Have: Mr. Jonathan Ferrell has an accident; the police report states that he hit several trees. Mr. Ferrell kicks out the



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