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Video: Protests Break Out in Charlotte Following Mistrial in Officer-Involved Shooting Case

August 23, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Protests Break Out in Charlotte Following Mistrial in Officer-Involved Shooting Case/a>

Protests broke out in the center city area of Charlotte over the weekend following a mistrial Friday in the case of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer accused in the shooting death of an unarmed man.

Friday night there was a fight in the Charlotte Transit Terminal, and further tension in center city, where a minor league baseball game was occuring. Some protesters lay down in the streets, banged on cars, and yelled at fans from outside the stadium gates. Others threw rocks at police, and two people were arrested for assaulting an officer.

Protests continued Saturday and one man was arrested for assaulting an officer. The officer who was reportedly assaulted was not seriously injured, WSOC TV reports.

Kerrick was tried for voluntary manslaughter for the 2013 shooting and killing of Jonathan Ferrell, 24. Ferrell wrecked his car early in the morning outside of a residential neighborhood. He walked to a house and knocked on the door. The woman inside who was home with her baby thought Ferrell was her husband returning home from work, who was knocking on the door because he had forgotten his keys. She opened the door, saw Ferrell and slammed it shut. Ferrell pounded on the door as she went back into the house to call 911. Officers believed a home invasion was under way and three cars responded to the call.

When the three officers arrived, Ferrell walked toward them. Footage from one patrol car’s in-car video system, shows Ferrell slowly approached the officers, and then began running toward them. Once out of the camera’s vantage point, Ferrell was shot 10 times by Kerrick, who repeatedly ordered the former college football player to get down.

In the trial, the jury was deadlocked with eight voting for acquittal and four voting for conviction after four days of deliberation.

An online petition, asking the attorney general not to retry the case had been signed by more than 3,000 people by Sunday. There is also a petition demanding a retrial of Officer Kerrick.


Comments (4)

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kevCopAz @ 8/24/2015 11:41 AM

Perhaps this officer needs to be in another career, I can't judge since I do not have all the facts. But take it from a detective that went through many Homicide trials, when you have a split like that don't waste your time retrying the case. If the vote were closer, then perhaps. Yet as we all KNOW, the prosecutors hands are tied, he/she will have to try this case until there is a guilty or a not guilty since the thug was Black (his life "matters") and the officer was White. (his life does not) Even then, innocent or not the DOJ will then pick up the political football (under Obama) and try the Officer again until they get what they want. We all know that if the suspect were not an officer, the "victim/thug" were not Black then it would end here. Thats what CIVIL liability trials are for, non criminal events where things perhaps should not have taken place and there is liability on the part of the officer.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/24/2015 3:29 PM

Without question the officer's career is over at least in that part of the country. I would not even want to try to start over there, in fact I don't know if I would try anywhere after all that has been taken place. Yes the DOJ will undoubtedly step in no matter what happens and the current administration will have their way, It's unfortunate that the morons out there cannot or will not follow lawful commands from officers. The media and protestors have them thinking that it is ok to do whatever they want.

C. J. Paul @ 8/26/2015 10:08 AM

Sir, honor and respect must be EARNED can never be demanded.
As we speak the punks and thugs have bitch slapped the entire
Negro population . . . Furgerson is an American tragedy! Was slick
until the High School let out and the HIRED AGITATORS fired up
crowd mentality and the youthful testosterone of these kids!
Hands up don't shoot was a certified Crock, and still is.
Martin Luther King has to be doing cartwheels seeing his good
work relegated to the dust bin of history. Weeks later the protesters
were protesting not being PAID. So much for spontaneous actions.
Pants up don't loot is a much more accurate chant!

Bob peterson @ 9/10/2015 7:09 PM

The majority of Blacks are hardworking,law abiding, upstanding citizens. It's a very very small minority of young black males causing a problem. Police are doing a great job.

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