Charlotte Branch NAACP President Kojo Nantambu announced plans for a Town Hall meeting to discuss personal interactions involved with Charlotte Mecklenburg police officers. At a rally for Jonathan Ferrell, killed by a CMPD officer, Nantambu said anyone who feels they've been mistreated by police to bring complaints for documentation to the public hearing, Monday, Sept 30, 7 pm, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1401 Allen St. in Charlotte. Concerns surrounding Ferrell's death will also be addressed.
“We cannot allow this to happen. Police act like they have a license to kill, not only in Charlotte but across the country, they are trained to shoot to kill, like Wild West renegade cowboys. Police departments are the judge, jury and executioner,” said Nantambu. “We want to find out what else is happening in Charlotte in regards to the police.”
Amy Burris posted an online comment that she had a run-in with the same officer in May, 2013. She commented she was slammed to the hood of a car in a mall parking lot. Police responded to a suspected shoplifting case. "I wasn't shoplifting, my son had a dollar candle in his hand when we left the mall,” Burris posted.
Nantambu demanded a stronger criminal charge than voluntary manslaughter for the murderer, Randall Kerrick, 27, released on $50,000 bond. In North Carolina, voluntary manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being, without malice and without premeditation or deliberate. Punishments include, 38-160 months jailed, depending on criminal record, fines up to $25,000 and probation or the manslaughter charge could be lessened to a misdemeanor. A probable cause hearing for Kerrick is scheduled for Oct. 7, where the district attorney decides if there is enough evidence for the current charge, a lesser charge or a dismissal. The hearing is suppose to ensure that the defendant will not be unjustifiably put to the trouble and expense of a trial, NC Defender Manual.
“It was a murder with true hatred. He (Kerrick) shot him, paused and shot him again, paused and pulled the trigger again. I contribute it to his racism and bigotry. I do commend Police Chief Rodney Monroe for charging the police officer,” said Nantambu.
Kerrick pulled his trigger 12 times, ten bullets hit Ferrell who died on the scene. According to Monroe, Kerrick's attempt to shoot with a Taser missed Ferrell, clearing speculations that Ferrell's use of drugs prevented the Taser's effectiveness. Investigators found no indication of alcohol but the toxic report is pending.
“Whether Ferrell was on drugs or not, he did not deserve to be killed. He was not doing anything wrong, just trying to get help after his car crash,” said Nantambu.
The saga initiated with a 911 call from Sarah McCartney who reported a man banging on her door at about 2:30 in the morning of Sept. 14. The 911 tapes revealed a frightened woman who claimed Ferrell was trying to break in her home.
“Please don't let him get my baby. I don't know what to do,” cried McCartney. She is heard saying, “He's in the front yard, yelling.”
An unknown male's voice is loudly heard in the background, 90 seconds into call, “Hello?”
Although, McCartney never said the man entered the home, the dispatcher asked, “he's not in your home anymore?” He also made statements like, “he kicked in your door...they might have got him now, I'm not sure.”
They got him.