Justice for Jonathan Ferrell – Kerrick’s Trial – Prosecution Rests
Suspended without pay, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall (Wes) Kerrick is on trial for killing unarmed Jonathan Ferrell in September 2013. He is charged with voluntary manslaughter and if convicted, faces up to 11 years in prison.
Yesterday, the prosecution rested with a powerful witness. Captain Mike Campagna of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department testified. Captain Campagna formerly handled training for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
Captain Campagna began his testimony by showing the jury how a taser works and when officers should and should not use it.
Before trial, the information released to the public included that Jonathan was tased and unaffected by it. This led some people to believe that Jonathan was under the influence of an illegal substance. Based on the dash cam video, the truth is now revealed. One officer deployed his taser, but it missed Jonathan. Using the dash cam video freezing the frames, Captain Campagna testified that when Officer Theron Little deployed his taser, that it fired behind Jonathan.
The dash cam video shows that no commands were given to Jonathan while he made his way towards the officers, not even before the taser was engaged.
Captain Campagna testified that with the taser missing the mark, Kerrick did the right thing pulling his gun, which is consistent with their training. However, because Jonathan’s hands were clearly seen, and he was unarmed, Kerrick should have looked for non-lethal options and put his gun away. Campagna said that the threat posed by Ferrell was not what he classified as “aggravated aggression.”
Prosecutor Postel asked: “Captain Campagna, was shooting Jonathan consistent with law enforcement training and CMPD policy?”
Captain Campagna answered: “It was not.”
Posted on 08/12/2015, in Cases, Jonathan Ferrell, Trial Videos and tagged Charlotte, Jonathan Ferrell, Mike Campagna, North Carolina, prosecution rests, Randall Kerrick, trial. Bookmark the permalink. 86 Comments.