Groups call for video evidence to be made public in case of unarmed man shot 10 times by police officer

By End the Lie

Jonathan Ferrell is seen here in a photograph provided by Florida A&M University (Image credit: Florida A&M University)

Jonathan Ferrell is seen here in a photograph provided by Florida A&M University (Image credit: Florida A&M University)

Multiple groups in North Carolina have called for the release of video evidence from the scene where an unarmed 24-year-old former college football player was shot 10 times.

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Early Saturday morning Randall Kerrick, a Charlotte police officer, was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of Jonathan Ferrell and is expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

Kerrick reportedly fired on Ferrell 10 times, striking him 10 times, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department statement issued Monday.

Leaders of local civil rights organizations called for increased police oversight by citizens along with the release of critical footage, according to NBC News.

The incident that led to Ferrell’s killing began around 2:30 a.m. Saturday when he began knocking on the door of a woman’s home in suburban Charlotte.

The woman dialed 911, ignorant of the fact that Ferrell was apparently attempting to get help after he crashed his car in the woods nearby.

Three police officers responded to the call. Ferrell ran towards the officers as they exited their vehicles, leading to one officer unsuccessfully attempting to fire his Taser at Ferrell before Kerrick opened fire.

Kerrick fired on Ferrell, killing him on the spot. Police did not discover Ferrell’s car until later in the morning.

“It was a pretty serious accident,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said to CNN affiliate WSOC.

The crash was severe enough that authorities believe Ferrell had to climb out of the back window of his car, according to CNN. He then ran to the nearest house.

Speaking of the killing of Ferrell, who was African American, Kojo Nantambu, president of the Charlotte chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), said it was not an anomaly.

“Any day in this country, an African-American man can be killed for no reason by the people who are supposed to be protecting him,” Nantambu said. “That’s not an anomaly in this country.”

Kerrick reportedly worked as an animal control officer in Charlotte in 2010 and was promoted to police recruit in 2011.

He was reportedly suspended for a day in 2012 but a police spokesman would not give reporters more information about why he was suspended.

“Clearly this is someone who did not have the necessary intelligence, discernment or compassion to walk the streets of Charlotte with a handgun, let alone a badge,” Chris Chestnut, the Ferrell family’s attorney, said.

The North Carolina chapter of the ACLU and others called on Charlotte to bolster their citizens review board, a body which “is tasked with investigating complaints against police but has never ruled against the police department,” according to NBC.

The ACLU has also called on the police department to release all of the video footage recorded during the police response.

Last month, Charlotte police began a new program testing cameras placed on the bodies of officers instead of on the dashboards of squad cars. If the footage is turned over, it could give a great deal of insight into the event.

Kerrick turned himself in on Saturday afternoon and was released on $50,000 bond on Sunday. He was originally slated to be arraigned on Monday but it was changed to Tuesday without explanation.

While the family is reportedly going to consider legal options after a thorough review of the case, Ferrell’s mother said she is praying for Kerrick.

“You took a piece out of my heart that never can be put back,” she said. “But I forgive you.”

Interestingly, the Associated Press ran with the first part of the quote from Ferrell’s mother Georgia but chose not to print the fact that she said she forgave his killer until much later in the story.

“I truly forgive him. I pray for him. And I pray that he gets off the police force,” she said, according to the AP.

Ferrell, who played football at Florida A&M University would be 25 next month and was engaged. He moved to Charlotte in 2012 to be with his fiancée.

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6 Responses to Groups call for video evidence to be made public in case of unarmed man shot 10 times by police officer

  1. dan September 17, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    His mother is a great Christian lady. God bless her and her family and may the Holy Spirit comfort her in this time of trial.

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  2. FedUP September 19, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Let’s also Demand to see the Naval Shooter Videos! If they were telling the truth, they would have published them by now! Their story won’t match up with their lies!

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  3. Nora September 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    They must be putting crazy ideas in these cops’ heads, and spiking the water at HQ with steroids. There is an absolute epidemic of fatal police shootings and beatings. Then there’s the armored assault vehicle crap, and the militarized attire they have adopted. As Gary Allen said in his book, None Dare Call It Conspiracy, nothing happens by accident.

    We can no longer rely on police to uphold the law, anymore than we can expect the banks to. Our streets have digressed to the point we’re living in the days of the wild west, when an accident victim is shot for seeking help.

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  4. Coldda September 21, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    I hope that people understand that TPTB are trying very, very, very hard to incite race riots. Yes, I am outraged with what happened here and is happening across the country with white goons attacking black men, black kids, and those of us speaking and writing about what has been going on too long. The wretched manipulators in the upper ranks of Ma-Sunry, the military, most all in every level of local, state, and federal politics, the goons in the Fraternal “Order” of Polezia/SS, the zionist banksters and their Mob allies, the corrupt as hell makers and sponsors of wars, all wars, the high-tech and high-treason makers and brokers of weapons and war, want desperately to stay in the stolen lifestyles of the rich and famous. They are a cowardly, desperate, despicable lot, and they are getting closer and closer to their end. They know they have only 2 options, to fight to the bitter end and drag as many people into contact with their pitiful lives as possible, or to admit to themselves that their existence will not be tolerated any more. They chose to fight to the end of their pathetic existence, and to prolong the inevitable for as long as possible. TPTB have an extraordinary, psychotic, and pathetic lust for their own image. Most of us heard about wicked beasts like this when we were younger. We thought they were mere fables or long-ago stories from the Bible, the Quran, the Torah, or other ancient writing. What was unimaginable then is still unimaginable today, but the old stories and writings were true then, and true today. There are weak, pathetic people that have fallen very, very far from grace. They have sold their souls, and they will do anything to poison everyone they come into contact with. We must not allow ourselves to be used as tools any longer. It is very difficult to tame the anger, frustration, and heartache. I battle it constantly, but I continually remind myself that TPTB will not win their battle with me, my family or my friends. We must talk to our neighbors, our friends and family. We can’t allow ourselves to be too embarrassed or too timid to learn, to ask questions, to share, to find the answers from people we know and trust, not the talking zombies on tv, the worthless and harmful newspapers and magazines, all owned by the same wicked people and corporations that want to do us all so much harm. You must understand that the country we thought we knew, that we were proud of many years ago, is managed by people and corporations that truly want most of us sick all of our lives, for they make and sell the pills, addicted to their lies and porn and war games, for they make and sell them all, deceived into fighting in wars that were to save democracy for America and other people across the planet, but they lied, made the wars, and sold our sons and daughters more pills, more poisoned food, and spare body-parts when they gave their all in the fat-cats wars.

    We must fight them, when and how we can, for we have no choice, they have given us no choice, but let’s not be fooled into fighting ourselves. That is what they want us to do. Remember, they want to divide and conquer, pit black man against white man, young against old, conservatives against liberals, weak against the strong. We have been lied to our whole lives. They have mocked us our whole lives. They must not be allowed to steal or buy another soul. Embrace the righteous, educate the confused, and fight those that would want us all as their slaves. Deep down inside, you know who the enemy is, you know them by the lies and false smiles they cannot hide.

    Peace

    an old white-guy and Dad, with Southern blood running deep in my heart and soul, and who never had an angry word with a black man in my life. So help me God.

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  5. antiglobalist September 29, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Fist of all. It seems that there is a lack of Constitutional knowledge possessed by these badged, tax payer paid, killers because they can. It is my opinion that there is little training that complies with the Constitution. Time o hold somebody accountable for sorry $hit heads like the like of this untrained, unqualified pig.

    Enough is enough!

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  6. Zeathaminor October 21, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    I am not defending the Police but then this whole constant alarm on Insicurity/Terrorism by the US Government domestically and abroad has created some sort of Paranoia in lives of the Public … dont forget even the police are products of that same society… its as if the Government has something to gain if everyone become Servitudes to their own Fear … just look at what the media Pedle in front of the Public faces on a daily basis Terror! Terror! Terror! Even the Law En-forcers have become victims themselves

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