You can never really predict what a jury will decide much less how the general public with interpret the verdict, but in the court of public opinion Jonathan Ferrell has been deemed a "low impact martyr".
It's hard to pin point the reason for the shift in the way people viewed his death, perhaps it was the video that clearly showed him on the attack, maybe it was his pounding on someone's door at 3 am, maybe the City of Charlotte's payment of $2.25 million to his parents or the shocking let down of the long awaited video itself.
But whatever the reason, the Ferguson style drama that the national media has been expecting has failed to materialize.
In the 2 years since Jonathan Ferrell was killed, no memorial of candles, flowers and teddy bears has cropped up on Reedy Creek Pool Drive.
Other than the #JonathanFerrell hash tag there hasn't been so much as a real social media presence nor has #JusticForJonathan ever trended on twitter in fact it hasn't even emerged at least to the level that #JusticeForTravon or #HandsUpDontShoot and the troubling #BlackLivesMatter.
The death of Jonathan Ferrell is tragic and needless. We will never understand what really happened the morning of September 14, 2013. Perhaps it is better that way. Those who support the Police see it as if he only had obeyed the orders of the police while those who see another young black man gunned down by a white officer as just one more body placed in a grave due to excessive force.But there is no public outcry no rage or anger.
Where are the bus loads of protesters and where are the pre paid hotel rooms? Perhaps the riots are yet to come? Or, maybe the occupy group finds it hard to relate to someone who is not like Freddie Gray, or Mike Brown.
Jonathan Ferrell by all accounts was not a "thug" or gang banger nor did he seem run with the wrong crowd. Unknown to police before his 3 am encounter perhaps Jonathan Ferrell was just too white, too clean cut to be that son that president Obama would have had.
The bottom line, as much as the main stream media tries, the death of Jonathan Ferrell wasn't a black vs white issue. The racial overtones of Baltimore are absent, the flames of Ferguson nonexistent.
More on the Kerrick Trial
Reasonable doubt was achieved the minute the video was played. Then Officer Little told the jury that until that night he never needed to draw his taser, his statements backed up with words like crazy eyes and zombie like, the sum of which equals self defense with lethal force being Kerrick's only option.
6 seconds from the time Kerrick's door opens until the first shot. Not enough time to fully process what is happening, so this whole trial has been a sham effort to Monday morning quarterback the 6 seconds.
But you can't take a time out to acess the situation, police work is real time, there is no reviewing the play on the sidelines to make sure the penalty is correct.
We will never know what Jonthan Ferrell was thinking early that morning in September when he charged Officer Kerrick, but it seems plausible the young man had reached the point of total despair.
Could it be that Jonathan Ferrell was thinking, "nothing is going my way and now I've totaled my girl friend's car, any chance of getting back with her is gone, the racist white woman up the street thinks I'm a rapist and now the cops are going to shoot me."
Maybe that's why he went all in, he couldn't hold back his anger and rage.
But leading up to the events on Reedy Creek Pool Drive, Randall "Wes" Kerrick was also woefully under prepared to deal with the likes of Jonathan Ferrell. The training he received was marginally adequate at best, the result of Chief Monroe having other priorities and training cut backs. The trial has also exposed that the department is lost in a sea of conflicting training methods, department SOPs and directives.
Hopefully Charlotte can step back from thus tragic encounter and determine what really had been going on at CMPD, why Chief Monroe was so quick to charge Kerrick, and "retired" just weeks before this trial started.
There are dozens of cases each year where an officer kills what turned out to be an unarmed citizen. Take the recent case of a UNC Chapel Hill Junior and the local police Office who shot him. He was armed only with an iPhone. He had even call 911 to explain he was drunk, that he had a gun in the car. The officer was not charged.
CP Calls It as an acquittal. AAG Postell's desperate tactics will not sway the jury.