Sep 16, 2013

Former FAMU football player Jonathan Ferrell was fatally shot by police officers in Charlotte, N.C. after seeking help after a serious car accident.
Ferrell, who was only 24, was in what has been described as a very serious accident when he walked half a mile to get help from the nearest house from the accident scene.
This is how the Charlotte Observer describes what happened:
Ferrell apparently walked to the nearest house, about a half-mile from the accident, and was “banging on the door viciously,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Rodney Monroe said. The woman who lives there thought the man at her door was her husband coming home late from work.

But when she saw Ferrell instead, she shut the door and called police because she thought he was trying to rob her.

Officers received a call shortly after 2:30 a.m. about an attempted break-in at a residence in the 7500 block of Reedy Creek Road.

The three officers from the Hickory Grove division who responded to the scene came across a man matching the description of the possible suspect, and they surrounded him. The man “immediately charged” at the police, Monroe said.

Officer Thornell Little unsuccessfully fired his Taser at Ferrell, who continued to run toward them, police said in a statement. Kerrick then fired several rounds at Ferrell, who was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Monroe said Ferrell was unarmed. The chief did not think he was trying to rob the woman, saying, “I don’t believe threats were made.”

Authorities said late Saturday that the initial encounter between Ferrell and Kerrick was “appropriate and lawful.” The evidence showed that Ferrell advanced on Kerrick, but the subsequent shooting of Ferrell was “excessive” and violated the law regarding voluntary manslaughter, according to police.

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Officer Randall Kerrick, 27, the officer involved in the shooting, turned himself in after an
investigation found “the shooting of Mr. Ferrell was excessive,” authorities said in a statement late Saturday.  “Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter.”

Kerrick, who joined the force in 2011, is being charged with voluntary manslaughter.

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You just don't know how sick I am of reporting these stories.  I'm so sick of reporting on our black men, women, and children being killed simply because the color of their skin makes them threatening.  I'm pretty sure people i.e. Fox News are going to come up with a ways to justify this you man's death, but I've had enough.

At some point we are going to have to accept that it really is 'Open Season' on black people.  Everything we do is somehow deemed threatening; whereas, if someone else with the complexion of protection was doing it wouldn't be viewed as threatening or suspicious.

A white teen walking in the rain with a hoodie on and a bag of Skittles and an icd tea in his hand would not had to have on a suit and tie, as Bill O'Reilly has intimated,  in order to not have been deemed threatening by the loose canon that is George Zimmerman.

When you continue to criminalize an entire race of people these are the types of things that are going to continue to happen and the types of stories I will have to continue to report.  Because until this country acknowledges there is a problem we'll never make progress on this subject matter.

1 comment:

  1. You are absolutely correct and it makes me sick to think this young man was just trying to get help. I hate living in a country that elects a black president then has people in it who make it ok to shoot down this young man, Trayvon Martin, and the many others.

    I hope in the deepest part of who I am I would not have the same reaction if put in this situation. Someone knocking at my door at 2:30 in the morning would be unusual, but I pray I would see the need for help for him not me and make the right call.

    America needs to admit there is a major problem. I don't want to live somewhere in which the reaction to someone of color walking down the street is immediate fear. I want police to respond to a situation by trying to find out what is happening before ending the life of another young man.