When 11 bullets just won’t do. 12 should do the trick. Last week we reported on a case in North Carolina on which an unarmed young man, Jonathan A. Ferrell aged 24, who kicked out his back window and climbed out of his badly crashed car and was seeking help from the first house he could find.
He then started “banging on the door viciously” of a home to attract attention, Police Chief Rodney Monroe said. When he began knocking on the first door at 2:30am, the woman who answered thought it was her husband and opened the door. After seeing the stranger at the door, she shut the door, pressed her panic button and called 911. Her husband told media early Tuesday that she was home alone with their baby and was scared when she opened the door and saw a stranger. He said Ferrell never asked for help.
Officer Randall Kerrick was a rookie cop who had been on the force only since 2011 and was disciplined in 2012 for bad behavior. He was previously an “animal control officer.”
The rookie cop fired 12 shots; 10 of which hit the victim. The autopsy stated those shots were to the chest.
It is alleged the police stated that none of the police identified themselves or gave a verbal warning before Officer Randall Kerrick fired 12 shots at the victim. The other two cops,
The three officers that answered the call, Officer Randall Kerrick, Thornell Little and Adam Neal who appeared on scene were responding to a “breaking and entering”. They saw the man who matched the description of Mr Ferrell and it’s they alleged Mr Ferrell ran toward the officers, who tried to stop him with a Taser, which did not stop him. Police said he continued to run toward them when Officer Randall Kerrick, 27, fired TWELVE times at Mr Ferrell, hitting him TEN times in the chest. Mr Ferrell died at the scene.
Thornell Little and Adam Neal, stated they never drew their side-arms at any time, and they did not view the victim to be a threat.
Police officials said the decision to charge Kerrick came after reviewing dash camera video from the police cruisers that responded to the call and after speaking with prosecutors. Although Ferrell ran out of the cameras’ view before the fatal shooting, the video shows him lifting his clothing, likely to show that he was unarmed.
A statement from police says, “Evidence revealed that Mr. Ferrell did advance on Officer Kerrick however; the subsequent shooting of Mr. Ferrell was excessive and violated (the voluntary manslaughter statute). Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter.”
It continues, “The fact that Officer Kerrick discharged his weapon and that Mr. Ferrell was unarmed were some of the factors included in the decision to charge Officer Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter.”
“You took a piece of my heart that I can never put back,” said Mr Ferrell’s mother, Georgia Ferrell, as she clutched a stuffed Winnie the Pooh doll her 24-year-old son loved as a child. “I truly forgive him. I pray for him. And I pray that he gets off the police force,” Georgia Ferrell said.
The Ferrell Family’s attorney, Christopher Chestnut, says, “From our review, the only sounds were the sounds of gunshots. There were no commands to stop. There were no commands to freeze; stop or I’ll shoot, police. I think this is a young man who probably was going toward the police officers, the same way if you were injured in a car accident and you saw red or blue lights, you’d run to help not death. He ran to help.”‘
Mr Ferrell recently became engaged and moved to Charlotte just months ago where he was working two jobs at Dillard’s and Best Buy.
Once the dash cam video is released, if it’s released. I will post it here.
Ferrell was at least the sixth person to be shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers since the start of 2012. Four of them have died.
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