Shooting of a another unarmed Black man raises ire in Charlotte
Trice Edney Newswire
Another police killing of an unarmed Black man has sparked outrage in Charlotte, N.C. This time, a former college football player, 24, was shot 10 times by a police officer, while he sought help following a car accident.
According to widespread reports, Jonathan Ferrell was shot Sept. 14, by a white Charlotte police officer, Randall Kerrick, who was later arrested. Kerrick was arraigned Sept. 17 on volunteer manslaughter charges.
Reports say Kerrick fired his weapon 12 times as Ferrell ran toward him, apparently seeking help after involvement in a car accident nearby. Ferrell had reportedly stopped at the home of a woman, who opened her door around 2:30 a.m. thinking he was her husband. She called 911 when she saw he was a stranger.
The scourge of police and law enforcement violence against unarmed Black males has been a consistent problem in America according to civil rights leaders who have pushed for greater citizen oversight of police among remedies that have been tried in some cities across the country.
Ferrell was a former football player for Florida A&M University. He reportedly moved to Charlotte last year to be with his fiancée.
“Any day in this country, an African American man can be killed for no reason by the people who are supposed to be protecting him,” said Kojo Nantambu, president of the Charlotte chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), at a press conference Sept. 16. “That’s not an anomaly in this country. They’re never given the benefit of the doubt, and that has to change.”