BRAD MERRIMAN – JOURNALIST – TACD NEWS – In Mecklenburg County North Carolina today, Officer Randall Kerrick will be arraigned on voluntary manslaughter charges in the Saturday shooting death of unarmed former
Florida A&M Football player Jonathan Ferrell. According to the preliminary investigation, Ferrell was involved in a motor vehicle accident that evening. After crawling out of the back window Ferrell approached a local house asking for help. The occupant slammed the door on the young man and called 911. When the three police officers arrived, Ferrell apparently ran toward
s the them, possibly in attempt to seek help for his injuries. One officer used his taser to subdue Ferrell, when he felt that didnt work, he shot Ferrell three times killing him.
Officials from the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office stated, “In every case, the District Attorney’s Office evaluates the evidence available and works to achieve a fair and just outcome,” The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police stated, “Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter.”
Officer Kerrick has been released on $50,000 dollars bond. The other officers involved are on paid administrative leave.
Johnathan Ferrell is a former safety for the Florida A&M 2010 Championship Team. Ferrell’s mother said Monday that she is , “Praying for Ferrell.” Georgia Ferrell went on to say, “I truly forgive him. I pray for him. And I pray that he gets off the police force,” Georgia Ferrell said. “You took a piece of my heart that I can never get back.
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