Skip to comments.NAACP: Deadly police shooting of unarmed man 'smells more of hatred and rage'
Posted on 09/17/2013 9:32:41 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
The Charlotte NAACP is speaking out after an unarmed man was fatally shot on Saturday by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe says Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed on Saturday morning by CMPD officer Randall Kerrick.
On Monday evening, investigators told WBTV that Officer Kerrick fired his weapon 12 times and struck Ferrell 10 times resulting in his death.
According to police, the shooting happened along the 7500 block of Reedy Creek Road early Saturday morning.
A woman called 911 and said a man knocked on her door and she opened it, thinking it was her husband coming home from work. She said the man stood outside the door for a period of time, and tried to get the attention of the homeowner.
When officers arrived at the home, they found Jonathan Ferrell near the home. Ferrell matched the description of the man from the 911 call.
According to police, Ferrell approached three officers and ran towards them. Officer Thornell Little deployed his CMPD-issued Taser at Ferrell but it was unsuccessful.
Investigators said Ferrell continued to run towards Officer Randall Kerrick who had his service weapon drawn. Officer Kerrick discharged several rounds striking Ferrell multiple times according to police.
CMPD said officers on the scene thought Ferrell was a threat, but Kerrick was the only one who drew his gun and fired.
"There is no evidence that shows Jonathan Ferrell should have been shot at all," Charlotte NAACP president Kojo Nantambu said. "But for Officer Kerrick to shoot 12 times and striking Mr. Ferrell 10 times indicates more than a reflex, it smells more of hatred and rage which shows that Mr. Kerrick was predisposed in killing a Black Man and did so with extreme prejudice."
Reverend Nantambu says the Charlotte NAACP is calling for an increased charge for Officer Kerrick because "recent released information about the incident shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that this was more than manslaughter, this was a brutal killing and execution of Jonathan Ferrell."
He says the NAACP will be lobbying for a murder charge, saying that "no other charge will suffice."
Kerrick was arrested on Saturday evening and charged with voluntary manslaughter after a police investigation show he used "excessive force" in the incident.
On Monday afternoon Rev. Nantambu said these kinds of shootings happen all too often.
"It is an epidemic in this country," he said. "It is, seems to be a tradition in this country to be able to kill innocent black men."
Specifically --he and other community activists want more rights given to the citizen review board, which looks at an officer's actions during incidents like this one.
"If they work for us, we ought to have the right to review their behavior and their actions at times when they are questionable," he said. "A citizens' review board should have the right to subpoena witnesses and subpoena evidence. It should have the right to interview police officers and interview witnesses. It should have the right to make recommendations as to what happens to an officer when what he did is in question."
But UNC Charlotte criminal justice professor Dr. Vivian Lord disagrees. She says the boards rights aren't relevant to this particular case.
"I think this case, we're kinda looking at apples and oranges," she pointed out. I think that if, there had been a different decision, perhaps they would be related."
A different decision that didn't include Officer Randall Ferrick being charged with manslaughter for the shooting death of 24 year old Jonathan Ferrell.
Lord also believes CMPD's actions send the right message to the community.
"If Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Dept and their detectives and DA office find that they have the elements to charge an individual, that they're not gonna hesitate to do that just because it's a police officer," she said. "I think that's the main message. That no officer should ever be above the law."
Nantambu says the NAACP will plan for local community forums on past experiences with local police to see if this was an anomaly or was it part of the mindset and behavior of CMPD foot soldiers.
...for Officer Kerrick to shoot 12 times and striking Mr. Ferrell 10 times indicates...
...he couldn't have been a real law enforcement officer, or he'd have fired 47 times and hit his target twice.
Not to make excuses, but most officers qualify shooting at stationary targets ... big difference when the target is moving and the adrenaline is flowing.
It is Scripture now that an officer’s first duty is to his own safety. So shoot everyone who you feel might possibly somehow look like he might mean to hurt you. Or just shoot everyone. Then you are safer.
Why not equip them with nuclear artillery shells, just in case?/sarcasm
Nope...I believe extreme prejudice requires a 12 for 12 score...anyone can do 10 of 12 at close range...
Don't laugh. The next step is to get rid of the Highway Patrol altogether and just go for napalm strikes against speeders from drones.
A Peace Officer requires courage, intelligence, sacrifice, ethics, and individuality.
Kerrick went to government revenue enhancement school, and doesn't have the slightest idea what a Peace Officer is.
He didn't stand a chance.
Write it up as a lEO consultant and get it published in the Union Journal. They probably won’t do it because of budget restraints but they might think seriously about it.
Note this “reporting” by the Corrupt Liberal Media:
“She said the man stood outside the door for a period of time, and tried to get the attention of the homeowner.”
Other reports say that he was beating on her front door in the middle of the night so the panicked woman called the cops.
Perhaps the police officer had this information and when the suspect ran toward him he thought he was being attacked by a crazy man.
I know this story is incomplete but having watched the CLM totally distort the details of the Trayvon shooting,and seeing it happen again with this story, I bet there is more here than meets the eye.
Play the race card. Every time.
I hear there were two black officers on the scene. What do they have to say?
“It is Scripture now that an officers first duty is to his own safety. So shoot everyone who you feel might possibly somehow look like he might mean to hurt you.”
Finally someone has said it, and it’s exactly correct. The cops are effectively “licensed to kill.” And it’s completely cowardly and disgusting. They are supposed to protect us, not shoot us.
I feel nervous every time I’m near one of these low to middling IQ police shooters. They can shoot you at will and all they have to say is that they perceived you as a threat.
I hope this cop gets reamed for his cowardice.
Predictably of course, the NAALCP cries racism. It’s not racism. The problem is Bozo dicks like this who are licensed to kill.
and the Naval Yard shooting was what — love and kindness???
They can’t deal with the fact that the thug culture has been successful in its mission — painting blacks as people who want to do you harm and are to be feared.
I live in charlotte, there is more to this story. The NAACP is trying to make him the next trayvon.
for example, he wasn’t trying to get her attention, he was beating on the door and screaming for 20 minutes while she feared for her life! They even removed her door as evidence. This guy was high on something. Big time.
Well, something caused him to crash his car. Think we’ll ever hear anything from the toxicology tests?
Maybe they thought he was a family dog.
Here’s some transcript of the 911 call
....A frightened 911 call
The 911 call came to police dispatch at 2:36 a.m.
Frantic and crying, the caller said a man had tried to force his way into her home.
On the 17-minute recording, the woman says she thought her husband was coming home from work.
Instead, she encountered a man later identified as Ferrell. She fought to get the door closed. She said he was trying to kick it down.
Theres a guy breaking in my front door, she said. Hes trying to get in.
It took officers about 11 minutes to arrive.
As the woman spoke to the dispatcher, the recording paints a picture of a chaotic scene. The homes alarm system blared. A representative from a security company talked to her over a speaker while she relayed information to police. The family dog was barking.
The woman worried about her baby, asleep in a nearby room.
She told the dispatcher she couldnt remember where her husband kept his gun.
Ninety seconds into the call, a man can be heard loudly saying, Hello? The rest of his words are garbled.
Its unclear if the voice was Ferrells.
The dispatcher asks if the man is in the house. Hes not in the house hes in the front yard yelling. Oh my God, please, I cant believe I opened the door. I dont know what the f*** is wrong with me, she said.
Six minutes into the call the woman says she thinks the man left her property because we have a security motion light and it turned off.
More than 11 minutes into the call, the woman said she could see officers.
The dispatcher said one would likely come to her door. But the woman began screaming when she saw them running away.
Oh my god, where is he going? Why is he running? What the f***?...Oh my God, they really left. Theres three cops and they all left.
The dispatcher asked the woman if she was still safe in her house.
They might have seen him, the dispatcher says. They might have gone to get him.