This was originally posted a couple of years ago, 2015. It was auto-posted again recently, so here it is again. When I read about Jonathan Ferrell I was shocked. When I saw his photo I was not. I say that because he was a young black man. This is what is as terrifying to police as an armed person. I say that with sadness and bitterness towards all sides. To one side for cultivating such an image and the other for being blinded by it. Blame is too complex to administer properly, energy is better spent on remedies.
“This is Jonathan Ferrell. He was in a serious car accident 2:30am, Saturday, in N. Carolina. He had crawled through the back window of his car and made his way to a nearby house. The woman who answered the door called the police for him.
When the police arrived, Jonathan was perhaps so excited to see help that he ran to them. Unarmed. He was shot dead, after being tazed.
Jonathan was 24. He had been a football player at Florida A&M. He had just gotten engaged. “He was described as a peaceful, loving and gracious person with a bright future”.
The officer, Randall Kerrick, that killed him has been charged with voluntary manslaughter. In most cases like this the officer does not serve jail time nor a sentence. Some return to active duty. There is a public call to prevent Officer Kerrick from returning to the force.
Jonathan had no arrest recored and was not known as a violent person.”
– from Facebook
“Ferrell was unarmed at the time he was shot. He crashed his car, went to a house in the Bradfield Farms neighborhood and “banged on the door”, The resident Sarah McCartney called the police, and three officers came. Ferrell then ran towards them, whereupon one of the officers fired a taser at Ferrell and missed. Kerrick then opened fire on Ferrell, shooting him twelve times and killing him.
Little had his Taser drawn, but the suspect continued to advance, Kerrick said, according to NBC station WCNC of Charlotte. Kerrick said he pulled his gun to back up Little because the Taser didn’t stop Ferrell.
Kerrick testified that he feared Ferrell might harm him and Little. As Ferrell began approaching, Kerrick backed up and yelled commands for him to stop and to get on the ground.
But “he wouldn’t stop,” Kerrick said. “He kept trying to get my gun.” NBC News
A toxicology test of Ferrell’s blood showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.06, and had caffeine and nicotine in his system.”
Ferrell’s family filed a lawsuit against the City of Charlotte; settled with $2.25 million
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