Atlanta attorney Chris Chestnut, who is representing the family of former FAMU football player Jonathan Ferrell, says race was a factor in his murder after he shot multiple times by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick. Chestnut said Ferrell had recently moved to Charlotte with his fiancee to attend Johnson C. Smith University.
According to the Globe & Mail, Chestnut said, “If Mr. Ferrell was not black or brown, wouldn’t they have asked him a few questions before showering him with bullets?” He also said he would request all police evidence from the shooting. The police was already trying to demonize Jonathan Ferrell by saying he “charged” them and was “viciously” beating on the homeowner’s door. Yeah, the usual angry black man setup, but it won’t work this time.
Jonathan Ferrell may have been seeking assistance after an accident in which his pickup truck was heavily damaged. He knocked on a door in a predominantly white neighborhood, Chestnut said. The homeowner, who lives in the Bradfield Farms neighborhood in northeast Mecklenburg County, got scared and called the police. Three officers reported to the scene and saw Jonathan Ferrell, who ran towards them. He was tasered by one officer and then shot multiple times by Officer Randall Kerrick.
Driving while black isn’t the only issue black men are facing, but walking while black is now a huge problem, especially if you are in a predominantly white neighborhood. So much for that post-racial America many claim we are in, since we elected the first black president in the U.S.
Chris Chestnut represented the family of Robert Champion, the FAMU drum majored who died after being hazed. We will be watching how this case is litigated. Randall Kerrick was released Saturday after posting $50,000 bail and is scheduled to make his first appearance before a Mecklenburg judge on the manslaughter charge on Monday afternoon, the Charlotte Observer reports. Justice must be served in this case. If Officer Kerrick walks free, the outrage will be far greater than what we saw after Trayvon Martin was killed by a wannabe cop George Zimmerman and after he was acquitted.
The Charlotte NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union are planning a press conference on Monday. Jonathan Ferrell was the sixth person killed by the CMPD since 2012, three fatal.