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article imageCop charged with killing unarmed former college football player

By Arthur Weinreb     Sep 16, 2013 in Crime
Charlotte - Chief Rodney Monroe, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) in North Carolina, announced one of the department's officers has been charged in the shooting death of an unarmed man.
The announcement was made Saturday night. Randall Kerrick, 27, a member of the CMPD since April 2011, was arrested and charged with one count of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell, 24. Ferrell was shot to death early Saturday morning and was unarmed at the time.
A statement issued by the CMPD said an investigation revealed the force allegedly used by Kerrick was excessive and the officer did not have the lawful right to discharge his weapon.
Early Saturday morning, police received a call about a possible break and enter. A woman opened the door to whom she thought was her husband. When the person who had been knocking turned out to be someone she did not know, she slammed the door shut. The man continued to knock on her door to get her attention while she called 911.
When police arrived they saw Ferrell who fit the description of the man they were looking for. Ferrell then began to run towards them. One officer shot the 24-year-old with a stun gun but it had no effect. When he kept coming at them, it is alleged Kerrick took out his gun and fired several shots at the approaching Ferrell. None of the other two officers with him, discharged their firearms.
Police found a badly damaged car that had been in a serious accident near the scene. They believe Ferrell was forced to get out of the car through the vehicle's back window. The house Ferrell had gone to was the closest one to the accident scene and it is believed Ferrell knocked on the door and then ran towards the officers because he needed help.
The 24-year-old had just moved to Charlotte from Florida. He held down two jobs and was engaged to be married. Ferrell helped his high school football team reach the state championship and was a safety for Florida A&M University (FAMU) during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
FAMU issued a statement saying, "Florida A&M University is deeply saddened to hear about the loss of one of our student athletes. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family during their time of bereavement."
Ferrell was black and the officer is white. The Atlantic Journal-Constitution reports a civil rights group, True Healing Under God, will hold a press conference today. They will be demanding civilian oversight for the police department as well as justice for Ferrell.
Kerrick, who had turned himself in, was released on a $50,000 bond. He is to appear in court today.
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