"He had a different way of looking at the land, the trouble at hand or any circumstance that might just come along .... and he measured his life in cedar posts and miles of barbed wire fence”.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Kerrick - Ferrell The Last Act
The last act of Charlotte's CMPD tragicomedy has unfolded with the Charlotte Obsrver posting Kerrick's separation agreement. A four page paper that formally ends CMPD Officer Randall "Wes" Kerrick's police officer career. The link is here:
Then there is this, the distilled version of the last act, that most the world understands regarding Charlotte's Kerrick - Ferrell encounter.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The white Charlotte police officer whose trial in the shooting death of an unarmed black man ended with a deadlocked jury has resigned from the force and reached a settlement with the city, officials said Thursday.
Randall Kerrick resigned from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department effective Oct. 2, the officials said in a statement.
Kerrick will receive almost $113,000, subject to taxes and standard deductions. The city will pay just over $50,000 to the attorney who represented Kerrick in the civil suit brought against him by the family of Jonathan Ferrell. The city reached a $2.2 million settlement with Ferrell's family in May.
But the statement said Charlotte will not pay any legal expenses for Kerrick's criminal defense. The agreement, which officials said contains no admission of fault or liability, includes a release of all potential legal claims.
George Laughrun, who represented Kerrick in his trial, did not return a telephone call seeking comment Thursday.
Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter in Ferrell's death. Police say Ferrell crashed his car on the morning of Sept. 14, 2013, and went to a nearby house and banged on the door, apparently seeking help. The resident called police, and three officers responded. Investigators say one deployed his Taser without apparent effect on Ferrell before Kerrick fired 12 shots, 10 of which hit him.
Kerrick testified that he repeatedly fired because Ferrell kept charging at him and he didn't think his weapon was even working.
Prosecutors said nonlethal force should have been used to subdue Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player. Kerrick's attorneys said the officer feared for his life when he shot and killed Ferrell while responding to a breaking-and-entering call.
Despite calls for prosecutors to retry the case, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced that the state would not seek a new trial for Kerrick.
And now CP's final take:
Charlotte and CMPD have moved on from the Kerrick-Ferrell shooting but the department needs to address the real issues behind what happened.
A good start would be to counter “tunnel vision, audio exclusion, time dilation” and the panic stressors that cloud officers ability to process vital info when under attack. This means revised training programs and turning the academy into something more than the android like cop producing factory it has become.
And that means spending taxpayer dollars in a wise and sensible manner.
Rodney Monroe spent your tax money on what pleased him, shiney bight new toys and gimmicks not real life training, not live fire, active shooter, shoot dont shoot training.
But training alone won't fix what is wrong. Somehow we need to unwind the perception that Jonatgan Ferrell was a victim.
The amount of damage that has been done is astounding. Officers are now high profile targets, as the likes of Al Sharpton and Rodney Monroe have time and time again reaffirmed the hands up don't shoot myth.
I know CMPD Officers who have turned in their NCDMV law enforcement and FOP plates, even going as far as removing the thin blue line plates from their personal cars.
Having a marked take home car just isn't as attractive as it once was.
The perception us that challenging cops is your right, even if you end up dead is just all kinds of stupid, but is continuly promoted.
Sadly the thugs and hood rats will become more violent with even less common sense or rational thinking.
Until politicians and the African American community get behind LE and starts saying "point a fake gun at a cop you are going to die, charge at a police officer and your going to die" we will continue to loose the battle.
Until police chiefs like Rodney Monroe let the public know "we aren't going to automatically blame the cop just because we don't want y'all acting up", we are going to have more of these officer involved shootings that could have been avoided.
Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2015/10/08/3845648/police-officer-accused-in-fatal.html#storylink=cpy