Friday, August 7, 2015

He Got Shot While Crawling Away!

 He was loved by his family and friends. Jonathan Ferrell was 24 years old, engaged, and had recently moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, from Florida to be with his fiancee. After being involved a car accident, he was shot and killed by Charlotte Officer Randall Kerrick just a few dozen yards away from his car.

Monday marked the first day of thetrial of Randall Kerrick, who was charged with voluntary manslaughter, and the details that emerged are more awful than any of us could possibly imagine. Even though Ferrell was shot in September of 2013, Charlotte officials have kept a very tight wrap on dashcam footage and other details, claiming it was to help them have an impartial jury.

Two facts emerged that are so digusting and dispicable that it makes the charge of voluntary manslaughter seem rediculous.

First, we now know that Ferrell was not just shot 12 times by Officer Kerrick, but that he was first shot four times, then began to crawl as he cried in pain. Then he was shot six more times while crawling, then two more times after he stopped. How is this not cold-blooded murder? It seems to embody all of the elements of cold blooded murder and the callous details certainly warrant at least a charge of murder one.

Secondly, the EMT who arrived on the scene made it painfully clear in his testimony that police did not want him to treat Ferrell.

Emergency medical technician Jonathan Russell Freeze testified about arriving at the scene after Ferrell was shot. He said Ferrell was face down in a ditch and handcuffed. He checked for a pulse in the right wrist and right side of Ferrell’s neck, and then asked police if he could roll him over to check the other side for a pulse. He said he was told no by the officers on the scene.
The city of Charlotte (the taxpayers) has already paid Ferrell's family $2.5 million in a wrongful death settlement. Tax payers pay police salaries and then pay for their mistakes.


1 comment:

  1. Sad state of affairs. Cops do wrong, then they cover it up. "To protect and serve" is just a public relations ploy. So sorry about this young man's life, the heights to which he might have soared, and the unspeakable grief that his family and friends now have to endure.