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.

Capt. Mike Campagna

Captain Mike Campagna

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.

randall-kerrick-mugshot

Randall Kerrick’s mugshot

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 , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 86 Comments.

  1. Two sides to a story

    They don’t seem to be coddling this guy, but juries are unpredicable and protecting cops seems to still be happening in most places. At least this one is being processed through the legal system. We can be grateful for that much.

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  2. yahtzeebutterfly

    Reporters’ tweets during Captain Campagna’s testimony on witness stand:

    Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb 20h20 hours ago
    Capt. Campagna w @CMPD says policy if officer faced w “active” not “aggravated” aggression is to holster weapon

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT 20h20 hours ago
    Campagna: Kerrick should have reholstered gun, gone hand-to-hand with Ferrell #KerrickTrial

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT 20h20 hours ago
    Non-deadly force would have been the highest level of force Kerrick should have used #KerrickTrial

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  3. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    “All rise.” Day eight of the #KerrickTrial gets underway.

    Defense attorney Michael Greene asks Judge Robert Ervin to allow the jury to visit the shooting scene

    Greene specifically wants a nighttime visit

    Greene: “We’re not going to be able to determine” Kerrick’s response by a picture

    Judge Ervin walked the scene himself. Greene said that’s even more reason for the jury view.

    Prosecution objects to the jury view

    Special Deputy Attorney General Steven Arbogast: “inaccurate” to say jury can’t get a sense of what happened from a picture.

    Arbogast: Ferrell and Kerrick ending up in a ditch “is not the focus of the trial.”

    Greene: “We’re not talking about a ditch. We’re talking about the entire scene.”

    Greene: “What’s the harm in going down there? Why can’t we go down there?”

    Greene says jury view was allowed in Keenan Gay’s trial for the Ed’s Tavern death

    Ervin denies defense request for jury view

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  4. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Officer Charles Thompson, Jr., takes the stand

    Jury sent out of the room as the defense asks Judge Ervin to keep Captain Campagna being in the courtroom

    Campagna was the prosecution’s use of force expert, who said Kerrick violated policy

    Prosecution plans to call Campagna back as a rebuttal witness. Defense says he’s under a sequestration order.

    Judge Ervin asks Campagna “to depart from us.”

    Prosecution objects to Thompson’s testimony

    Thompson and Kerrick investigated a suspicious vehicle in February 2012

    Thompson fired his Taser during the incident. Kerrick’s was out, but wasn’t fired.

    Both officers met with Lieutenant Eric Brady afterward

    Thompson’s use of force report was reviewed, and both officers were brought in for a “counseling session.”

    Thompson: the lieutenant “felt that one should have had his Taser, one should have had his service weapon.”

    Kerrick said he was going off training and experience when his gun was out during the Ferrell incident

    Prosecution cross-exam says the man who was Tasered turned back on officers, then turned back around with hand under shirt.

    Prosecution says CMPD policies considered the 2012 incident as calling for deadly force.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Kate Gaier ‏@reporter_kate
      State points out 2012 incident was considered “deadly force” situation by CMPD policies, officers thought suspect had weapon

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  5. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Now on the stand, Lt. Eric Baker, who told Kerrick and Thompson about “going lethal” in 2012 Taser situation

    Based on statements that suspect went for waistband, I said one needed to “go lethal” to provide cover

    Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb
    Lt. Brady @CMPD says told Officer Kerrick in 2012 incident, if fear suspect has weapon taser&lethal should be pulled

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    On cross-exam, prosecution says when Lt. Baker was first questioned, he didn’t recall counseling Kerrick on lethal cover

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT 10m10 minutes ago
      Gave Lt. Brady the wrong last name. It’s not Baker as I repeatedly tweeted.

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    • Oh here we go, back to what we’re used to when police tell their story. Sounds like Lt Baker lied for Kerrick today..
      Great way to instill trust of police officer’s testimony..

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  6. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Jury sent out as both sides spar over allowing an SBI agent who’s not on witness list to testify as a rebuttal witness

    The agent interviewed Lt. Baker a little more than a month after the Ferrell shooting

    Defense attorney George Laughrun says agent is needed since Lt. Baker testified “I don’t remember” on some questions.

    Sharp retort from Laughrun as prosecution offered to show a statement: “I don’t need to the state to show me anything.”

    Jurors brought back, but basically only hear that Lt. Baker did not remember interview with Kerrick

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
      The parade of police witnesses continues with Officer Kip White, a firearms instructor

      For the third time today, the jury is being sent out. This time so Judge Ervin can watch the video of firearms simulator.

      Defense says video is 58 minutes long.
      Judge Ervin: “Are you serious?”

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      • yahtzeebutterfly

        Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
        Video was created after the Ferrell shooting. Judge Ervin questions validity to Kerrick’s training.

        Ervin: “What’s the point” if it’s not relevant to this case?

        Ervin: the video is “being offered to prove what?”

        Defense: the scenarios and instruction in the video are the same as what Kerrick received

        Ervin declines allowing the video to be shown, at least for now.

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      • “Are you serious?” That would be a correct response. I hope that judge Ervin doesn’t change his mind. What does a firearms simulator have to do with Kerrick killing Jonathan? The defense is trying to train the jury to be law enforcement instead of hearing facts of that night and applying them to law.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT 10m10 minutes ago
      Gave Lt. Brady the wrong last name. It’s not Baker as I repeatedly tweeted.

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  7. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Jurors have been brought back after a nearly hour long break

    Testimony resumes with firearms instructor Officer Kip White

    White is reviewing some of the scenarios officers train under

    Training video being shown to jurors, starting with Tasers

    Trainer tells officer a suspicious person will come at them. Officer yells “Let me see your hands!”

    Remember this is training involving Tasers

    The scenario lasts three seconds

    Pamela Escobar WBTV ‏@ReporterPam
    First scenario on video jury sees is a person runs quickly with a knife at officers.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
      Next scenario: a motorcyclist coming at officers with a knife during a traffic stop.

      Next scenario: an apparent drunk driver with hands in pocket. He says he has a gun.

      Driver pulls hand out and points… a finger at officers and says “bang, bang.” Officer fires as hand comes out of pocket.
      Trainer tells officer it would be likely considered a justified shooting.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
      On prosecution cross-exam, instructor says the CMPD average for unholstering and firing a shot is 1.4 seconds.

      The goal is less than a second, he says

      Instructor also says “lethal coverage” does not mean an officer needs to have a gun in hand.

      Lunch break. Back at 2 p.m.

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    • Oh, I get it now. Kerrick’s defense is, “My job made me do it.”

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  8. Kerrick doesn’t have a defense except that a big black man was running in my direction & since ALL I have is a gun, bullet proof vest, a tazer, pepper spray, a baton, my two arms, two hands, two legs, physical & tactical self defense training & 5-6 of my fellow gang members with all the same stuff, I had no choice but to shoot to kill this black man cuz y’know, they have super human powers that render us mere white (and just ordinary black) trained police officers helpless as a bunch of 6yr olds in the iron cage with the incredible hulk.

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    • playing basketball large black men ran at me often and they were on the other side wearing a different uniform, not once did i ever consider even punching them out of fear…….even when i was playing a game at maxwell afb where they have a federal prison and playing against the inmates team.

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  9. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT 52m52 minutes ago
    Back from lunch break. Prosecutor says “not much” more questioning of firearms instructor.

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT 50m50 minutes ago
    Earlier today, defense made clear that Kerrick will testify

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT 48m48 minutes ago
    Back to questioning when lethal/non-lethal force is allowed under policy

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  10. yahtzeebutterfly

    Mark Becker ‏@MarkBeckerWSOC9
    Ofcr White is done. Now up a chemist from CMPD’s crime lab

    Chemist shows Det Mike Greene marijuana “roaches” she tested. Don’t know where they’re from

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Testimony returns to forensics with CMPD chemist Ann Charlesworth

    Charlesworth analyzes for controlled substances and blood alcohol content

    Charlesworth tested ashes and partially smoked cigarettes for controlled substances

    And her findings are….

    Charlesworth: each one of the “roaches” were positive for the active ingredient in marijuana

    “I don’t know whose drugs these are. I only analyze them.”

    No one has said where the “roaches” and ashes were found

    On cross-exam and redirect, Charlesworth says she was only looking for marijuana.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT

      Charlesworth: each one of the “roaches” were positive for the active ingredient in marijuana

      “I don’t know whose drugs these are. I only analyze them.”

      No one has said where the “roaches” and ashes were found

      Maybe this guy knows:

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  11. yahtzeebutterfly

    >Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Next on the stand: an accident reconstruction expert

    Tyler Black went to the accident scenes a few days after Ferrell’s crash

    Black says there was “more than enough evidence” to work with in reconstructing the accident

    No skid marks on road or damage to road, where the speed limit was 25 mph

    No evidence of braking in the grassy area Ferrell veered into

    Indications are the driver (Ferrell) wasn’t paying attention

    No physical evidence that would say what was going on inside the car

    Ferrell’s car went straight in a curved section of road, ending up in trees

    Ferrell’s car was going 38-50 mph when it left the road

    The CMPD crash investigator put Ferrell’s speed 41 mph

    Range of speeds is based on damage to trees and car’s path

    Black created a video reconstruction of the crash

    It was not a sharp curve

    Lack of brake marks shows “there was no reaction” by driver before going off the road

    courtney francisco ‏@cjfranciscowccb
    Jurors watching simulation video Black created of Ferrell’s crash

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Overhead of where car went off road

    Black wraps up saying the accident was the result of “inattentive or distracted driving.”

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  12. yahtzeebutterfly

    Kate Gaier ‏@reporter_kate
    Officer Jonathan Cerdan with CMPD DWI task force now on the stand

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    CMPD crash investigator Officer Jonathan Cerdan, who’s also a drug recognition expert, is on the stand.

    Cerdan interviewed Ferrell’s co-worker Max Funderburke, who smoked marijuana with Ferrell before his crash

    Cerdan is listing the effects of alcohol and marijuana on a person

    Pamela Escobar WBTV ‏@ReporterPam
    Slide from Ofc Cerdan. He teaches other officers at the academy people’s reactions to alcohol

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
      On prosecution cross-exam, Cerdan says he would have to interview someone to gauge how alcohol and marijuana affected them.

      During defense redirect, Cerdan says a combination of marijuana and alcohol “makes a difference” in someone’s reaction

      Cerdan recalled an incident with a woman with “psycho behavior” who drank and smoked marijuana

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  13. yahtzeebutterfly

    From the Charlotte Observer:

    11:05 a.m. Defense attorney says Kerrick will testify

    In response to a question from Judge Ervin, defense attorney George Laughrun said for the first time that Kerrick will testify. It is not yet known when in the trial that will happen.

    Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article30838926.html#storylink=cpy

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  14. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Jennifer Stewart with CMPD communications (911) reviews records of calls, including 911 call from Sarah McCartney

    McCartney is homeowner whose door Ferrell banged on after his crash

    Pamela Escobar WBTV ‏@ReporterPam
    Jennifer Stewart is a communications supervisor with CMPD. Communications answers 911 calls.

    Blake Hanson ‏@BlakeWSOC9
    911 event log reads “subject is yelling at complainant to turn off the alarm”

    Supervisor now looking over a transcript of the radio traffic.

    Defense now playing the radio traffic from that night.

    Dispatch: suspect “kicked in the door be advised their is also a child in the house”

    Dispatch audio: “suspect was hit, suspect is down at this time”

    Appeared to be some confusion about whether Kerrick was hit or shot in the moments after.

    911 dispatcher typed in comments “not in her house anymore” on the notes.

    Prosecutions asking supervisor how that incorrect info go on there. Defense simply making point Kerrick got that info.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
      On prosecution cross-exam, Stewart is asked why incorrect information that suspect kicked in door went out on radio.

      Stewart says prosecution would need to ask dispatcher

      In defense redirect, Stewart says dispatchers don’t filter raw information that comes in.

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    • since the door was not kicked in why on earth would the dispatcher LIE to the officers?

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      • yahtzeebutterfly

        Bill,

        I think the 911 dispatcher became confused during the call.

        On page 1 of 22 of the transcript of the call is this exchange:

        Caller: There’s a guy breaking in my front door.
        Operator: There’s a guy breaking in your front door?
        Caller: Yeah he’s try to kick it down.

        The on page 5 of 22 is this exchange:

        Caller: Oh my God.
        Operator: I know. Is he still in the house, did he leave yet?

        Caller: (inaudible)…he’s in the front yard yelling. Oh, my God…please…Oh my God, I can’t believe I opened the front door, what the fuck is wrong with me?
        Operator: You thought it was your husband.

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        • yahtzeebutterfly

          Wow. The actual transcript showed up instead of just a link to it. My second quote was actually from page 4 (not 5). If you put a for in the box in the bottom border to make it indicate 4 of 22, it will then show page 4.

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  15. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Husband of homeowner who called 911 now on the stand

    Defense attorney George Laughrun lugged the front door to the witness stand

    Brian McCartney was at work when this unfolded

    Came home to “a lot of police officers and my wife.”

    McCartney says he had been considering getting a new door

    McCartney says he noticed dents in door when he came home

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  16. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Defense is moving faster than expected and the next witness isn’t available. Early end today.

    Day eight in the books

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  17. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Kerrick’s attorney says officer to take stand in own defense”

    http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/kerricks-attorney-says-officer-take-stand-own-defe/nnJdP/

    Excerpt:

    … Kerrick’s lawyers said their client will take the stand in his defense.

    Channel 9’s legal experts say Kerrick’s testimony could be key in convincing the jury he acted in self-defense when he shot Ferrell, who was unarmed.

    …Within the next few days, Kerrick could take the stand to recount his version of events that night and legal expert James Wyatt said there will be a great deal of pressure on the officer to convince the jury he was justified when he shot and killed Ferrell.

    “His testimony obviously needs to be consistent with the video interview right after the incident. Secondly, he’s got to come across as sincere and an honest person,” Wyatt said.
    The defense has not said exactly when Kerrick will take the stand….

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  18. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    The day starts with Officer Thornell Little, who pulled a Taser on Jonathan Ferrell

    Little was one of the three officers who responded to the breaking and entering report that set things into motion

    Little pulled a Taser on Ferrell. Kerrick pulled a gun, and later said that’s what he was trained to do.

    Little didn’t turn blue lights or sirens on when he received the B&E call. Didn’t want to tip off suspect.

    The B&E call was priority one, the highest level

    When he pulled up, Little said Kerrick was coming from the home, heard “yelling and screaming” in the distance.

    Little’s dash cam wasn’t on, nor were his lights and sirens

    The “yelling and screaming” was coming from the direction of the neighborhood pool house

    Little drives toward pool house and sees Ferrell, who matched the description of the B&E suspect

    Little wasn’t given information on whether suspect was armed

    Defense once again putting the jury in the officers’ mindset

    Little: this person needed investigating since he matched suspect description

    Little: suspect was yelling, “pacing”

    Little describes suspect’s behavior as “abnormal” and “odd”

    Ferrell was pounding his hands on his legs

    Little: “He walks toward me, and I hear him say, ‘shoot me’ twice.”

    Little: “It was erratic behavior, and it was unknown what his actions were.”

    Little: “I reach for my Taser.”

    Little pointed the Taser at Ferrell, gave him command to stop

    Little: “He took off running”

    Little: “He ran in our direction.”

    Little fired his Taser, which missed Ferrell

    Little saw Taser dots on Ferrell’s chest

    Little: Ferrell was “less than ten feet” away when he fired Taser

    Ferrell ran past Little toward Kerrick

    Little: “It was full speed, like a bull rush, bum rush kind of run.”

    Little: Kerrick yelled, later recalled he said “get on the ground.”

    Little: “I saw muzzle flash from Officer Kerrick’s weapon.”

    Little: “The subject continued to run, hits Officer Kerrick’s lower legs.” Then lost sight of them.

    Little: Ferrell was running at Kerrick as if “he was trying to knock him over.”

    Little ran over to the ditch where they ended up, saw Kerrick “holding his chin.”

    It was the first time in Little’s then-13 year police career he fired a Taser

    Little: “His behavior was erratic and I believe his intent was on injuring officers.”

    Little assisted an other officer, not Kerrick, in putting handcuffs on Ferrell after the shooting

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  19. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Prosecution begins cross-exam of Little

    Back to watching the dash cam from Officer Adam Neal’s cruiser

    Prosecution says Ferrell isn’t seen on the dash cam “pounding his legs” as Little testified

    Nor is Ferrell heard yelling “shoot me” on the dash cam recording, prosecution says

    Little telling Ferrell to “stop” also isn’t heard, prosecution says

    “Do you even identify yourself?”
    “No.”
    “Did you ever ask him any questions?”
    “There wasn’t time to.”

    Special Deputy Attorney General Adren Harris grilling Little on why he draw Taser when Ferrell was only walking

    Little says he saw Kerrick backpedaling before the muzzle flash

    Harris asks if he drew his gun or pepper spray after hearing shots fired. Little did not.

    Snarky redirect from defense attorney Michael Greene ripping into prosecution’s questions

    Greene says just because some things aren’t on dash cam doesn’t mean they didn’t happen

    Greene points out Little is not “mic’d up” to Officer Neal’s dash cam recording, the only dash cam recording of incident.

    Ferrell could have sat down, gone in another direction

    Little: not normal to put on blue lights for priority one call because a suspect could run

    An hour and 20 minutes of testimony later, no further questions for Little

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      More on Ofc. Little’s testimony:

      Mark Becker ‏@MarkBeckerWSOC9

      Little testified that he couldn’t hear the sound of his Taeser being fired at Ferrell.

      Prosecutor: you didn’t have time to communicate with him but yet you had your time to pull out your taser and use it

      Little says he did not render first aid to Ferrell.

      Little told the state he only called for paramedics

      Steve Crump WBTV ‏@SteveCrumpWBTV
      Little says Ferrell ran after seeing red dots from Taeser.

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    • amazing how willing they are to lie……you can HEAR on the dash cam video, at the time little claims the victim said shoot me twice you CANT hear that because he didnt say it……then the we had no time is silly, they had plenty of time to yell stop police…….and then he used the same lame bs as wilson bull rush or bum rush the video shows RUNNING but not some bull rush or bum rush and why didnt he run at the closest officer if his intent was to harm an officer?

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    • musta been some strategic reason for the officer here to wear regular clothes instead of their uniform?? I thought officers in uniform impress jurors, seem more credible.

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  20. yahtzeebutterfly

    Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb
    Defense calls @CMPD Homicide Detective Blair Fitch to stand, did on scene walk thru w Officer Little

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT

    Jury listening to Officer Little’s interview with detectives

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Robin Kanady ‏@RobinFox46
      Detective Blair Fitch on stand, conducted walk through intvw w-Little on scene where #ferrell was shot

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  21. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Homicide detective David Osorio takes the stand

    In audio interview just played for the jury, Officer Little said he would’ve gone for his gun after the Taser missed

    But the encounter unfolded too quickly to pull his gun

    Prosecution objects to Osorio’s testimony, says he’s “regurgitating what we’ve heard over and over again.”

    Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb >/strong>
    State objects to defense playing audio of Officer Little interrogation intvw saying is overkill

    Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb
    Judge overrules state objection allowing defense to play Officer Little intvw video w @CMPD and Det David Osorio

    Defense preparing to play police intvw with Officer Little @CMPD after incident, Det Osorio on stand

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Defense was planning to play another interview, but there are computer problems. So they’re switching to plan B.

    Officer Adam Neal is being called back to the stand.

    Neal is the officer the prosecution called to testify. His dash cam recorded the Ferrell incident.

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  22. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Neal is being questioned about his statement on how Ferrell and Kerrick were positioned on the ground.

    Defense shows medical examiner’s sketch of there possible positions. Neal says that’s how they were positioned.

    Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb
    Officer Neal testifies this scenario drawing from the Med Examiner is how he saw Ferrell and Kerrick in ditch

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Prosecutor says that’s not what Neal testified last week

    It’s a combative cross-exam

    Neal says what he’s saying now isn’t 100% the same as what he said last week

    Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb
    State cross examines Officer Neal saying he changed testimony from last week to today on how he saw #JonathanFerrell and Kerrick in ditch

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      My comment is in moderation because I goofed by posting in 3 picture links.

      Anyway, here are just the tweets without the photos:

      Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
      Neal is being questioned about his statement on how Ferrell and Kerrick were positioned on the ground.

      Defense shows medical examiner’s sketch of there possible positions. Neal says that’s how they were positioned.

      Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb
      Officer Neal testifies this scenario drawing from the Med Examiner is how he saw Ferrell and Kerrick in ditch

      Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
      Prosecutor says that’s not what Neal testified last week

      It’s a combative cross-exam

      Neal says what he’s saying now isn’t 100% the same as what he said last week

      Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb
      State cross examines Officer Neal saying he changed testimony from last week to today on how he saw #JonathanFerrell and Kerrick in ditch

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      • this will be a not guilty verdict because the police are willing to lie on the stand pure and simple……very hard to get beyond a reasonable doubt when people are LYING on the stand.

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      • Please forgive me. I’m just now having time to sign-in and started with the most recent comments working my way up when I saw your comment about having one in moderation. I’ve approved it.

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  23. Not sure what to make of this I tend to agree with Bill Taylor when officers lie on the stand and we know they do to protect their own, it makes it very difficult for a Jury they know that which is why they do that.

    praying that this jury has some sense about them and gets this verdict correct which should be Guilty

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  24. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    We’re having the technological equivalent of a rain delay

    And we’re back

    Jury is about to watch Officer Little’s video interview the morning of Ferrell’s shooting

    After a half hour of stops and starts, the video is just about ready to play and Judge Ervin decides it’s lunchtime.

    Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb
    Defense about to play Officer Little intvw video @CMPD HQ after incident

    As defense prepares to play Officer Little intvw video with @CMPD , judge calls lunch recess until 2p

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  25. yahtzeebutterfly

    Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb
    Defense present police intvw video @CMPD HQ w Officer Little after incident

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Back from lunch and computer is cooperating for attorneys. Jury watching Little’s interview.

    Detective tells Little “you’re not in trouble.”

    While Little is being interviewed, Officer Kerrick is waiting in another room at police HQ to meet with detectives.

    Little tells detectives Ferrell said “shoot me! shoot me!” as he walked toward Little

    “Seemed like he was high or something.”

    Little: before that, Ferrell was going around in circles, acting excited

    Little tells detectives Kerrick’s gunfire was “rapid, like 4-6 shots.”

    Little: “Kerrick was giving commands” but he “couldn’t hear what he was saying.”

    Little describes Ferrell’s pace and posture as if he were trying to “tackle” Kerrick

    Blake Hanson ‏@BlakeWSOC9
    After Officer Little testifies, now showing a videotaped interview with him from day of shooting.

    Officer Little: “he started to walk towards me and he said ‘shoot me’ ‘shoot me'”

    Little: “Kerrick fell backwards and the guy was leaning forward” #kerricktrial

    Little: “[ferrell] was just running towards him like he was trying to tackle him.”

    In video, Little seems to say Ferrell fell forward and laid dead, doesn’t mention crawling or grabbing for gun.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      From video of investigators’ interview with Ofc. Little:

      Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
      Little tells detectives it appeared Ferrell “fell forward” onto Kerrick’s legs

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  26. yahtzeebutterfly

    ************************************

    Blake Hanson ‏@BlakeWSOC9
    BREAKING: Defense calls Kerrick to testify. ”

    ************************************

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    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Here we go. Randall Kerrick takes the stand

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    Blake Hanson ‏@BlakeWSOC9
    Kerrick says he started working at age 15 to help support his family.

    Kerrick getting emotional as he is asked to talk about his wife and family.

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Kerrick faces jury as he answers defense attorney Michael Greene’s questions

    Kerrick says his career goal was to become a police officer.

    Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb
    Officer #WesKerrick gets emotional already on stand when asked about his wife and child

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  29. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Kerrick still emotional as he answers yes/no questions about his training

    Blake Hanson ‏@BlakeWSOC9
    Kerrick’s voice shaky, still emotional as he talks about his background.

    Kerrick answering questions about training and use of deadly force.

    Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb
    Defense asking about working @CMPD Animal Control to get accept to Police Academy since didn’t get college degree

    Defense shows #WesKerrick field sobriety test certificate

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  30. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Kerrick’s training included a course in crisis intervention

    Kerrick describes uniform and service belt for jury

    Defense asks about the dash cam

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  31. yahtzeebutterfly

    Cleve R. Wootson Jr. ‏@CleveWootson
    We’ve posted video of Officer Kerrick’s testimony.

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  32. yahtzeebutterfly

    Coleen Harry WBTV ‏@ColeenHarryWBTV
    #KerrickTrial: Kerrick on stand; Defense atty about to unwrap exhibits @WBTV_News

    Kerrick said he worked four 10-hour days; 3rd shift at Hickory Grove Division

    Kerrick is talking about his training; said he didn’t have to go thru remedial training

    Kerrick recalling the incident when he & another officer both drew their tasers and were counseled

    Kerrick said he never received a citizen’s complaint; has received commendations.

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    “Have you ever been reprimanded by CMPD?”
    “No, sir.”

    Kerrick recounts his 2012 Taser incident, and being “counseled” afterward about Taser use

    Kerrick said he was “counseled” to have a gun drawn as backup if another officer had a Taser out

    Lieutenant advised Kerrick to be ready with lethal force

    Defense shows Kerrick commendations he’s received

    Commendations were for his work on robbery investigations, including one involving a weapon, and the DNC.

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    Coleen Harry WBTV ‏@ColeenHarryWBTV 2m2 minutes ago
    #KerrickTrial: jury seeing commendation Kerrick received for a robbery investigation @WBTV_News

    defense pointing out that in some of Kerrick’s robbery cases, the suspects had guns.

    defense atty having Kerrick demonstrate what he wears w/his uniform

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Defense asks about firearms simulation training

    Coleen Harry WBTV ‏@ColeenHarryWBTV
    Kerrick says he’s had training on the firearms training simulator; different scenarios

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT 3m3 minutes ago
    Judge Ervin calls for a break before the defense gets to questions about the Ferrell shooting

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Coleen Harry WBTV ‏@ColeenHarryWBTV
      says he’s familiar w/CMPD’s use of force continuum

      Judge calls recess

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  34. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Back from break with defense asking Kerrick about the night of the Ferrell shooting

    Coleen Harry WBTV ‏@ColeenHarryWBTV
    #KerrickTrial: Defense asking about Sept 13, 2014. He arrived at roll call 8:15p @WBTV_News

    Kerrick looking at off duty sheet he filled out/gave; said he worked off duty 9/12

    Kerrick said he was rested before his shift 9/13; did not drink any alcohol;

    Jonathan Ferrell was shot/killed early morning hours of 9/14/13

    Kerrick explaining priority one call for service

    defense asking about the priority 1 call that came early morning hours of 9/14; Kerrick said it was a b/e

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Kerrick recalls a priority one breaking and entering in the Bradfield Farms neighborhood

    Kerrick added himself to the call because there had been a report of a person kicking in the door

    Coleen Harry WBTV ‏@ColeenHarryWBTV
    Kerrick says added himself to the call b/c it was a priority 1 and homeowner was home

    he had his blue lights & sirens so he could get 2 residence as soon as he could; turned it off 1/4 mile before

    dash cam activates when Emerg equiptment are on

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Kerrick ran lights and sirens to the call

    Turned them off about 1/4 mile from home so as to not tip off suspect

    Kerrick turned off dash cam when he turned off lights and siren

    Kerrick: I didn’t want to waste recording space

    Kerrick: leaving dash cam on at B&E would have recorded “a lot of nothing.”

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  35. yahtzeebutterfly

    Coleen Harry WBTV ‏@ColeenHarryWBTV
    #KerrickTrial: jury seeing photo of call screen from police cruiser @WBTV_News

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Prior to arriving at B&E report, Kerrick received description of suspect

    Coleen Harry WBTV ‏@ColeenHarryWBTV
    says dispatcher never confirmed if suspect was armed

    when he pulled up it was very dark; no lights on the house; thought it was odd

    Kerrick said as he exited car, heard loud noise, grunting

    he saw Ofr Little and told him they should check out the noise; never talked to home owner

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Kerrick: as I got out of the cruiser, I heard loud grunting from the pool house area

    Kerrick: I heard loud screaming and thought two people were arguing

    Kerrick told Officer Little, who had just arrived, “we should go check it out.”

    Kerrick: the house appeared to be secured, but I knew there was something going on down the pool road

    Kerrick: “felt it was necessary to go check out” screaming from pool house area

    Kerrick: it could have been the suspect or the suspect with the 911 caller

    Kerrick went to back up Officer Little, who had left to check out the screaming

    Kerrick then saw someone matching the description of the B&E suspect

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    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Dispatched had not confirmed if suspect was armed

    Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb
    Kerrick says followed Officer Little towards pool house, didn’t want him left alone to handle suspect

    Officer #Weskerrick says had no idea if suspect #JonathanFerrell was armed or not when encountered him

    #Weskerrick says he has no reason not to believe #JonathanFerrell was suspect in B&E he was called to

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  37. yahtzeebutterfly

    Coleen Harry WBTV ‏@ColeenHarryWBTV
    #KerrickTrial: Kerrick pauses as he describes suspect walking towards them; he stops talking. @WBTV_News

    Kerrick says he didn’t see any other vehicles; believed person was suspect described in b/e

    Kerrick says he saw suspect matching description of b/e suspect ; no wrecked vehicles

    Kerrick said he didn’t hear suspect say anything; not help; didn’t put his hands up

    says he didn’t hear suspect say anything to him; didn’t see him put his hands to eyes as if can’t see

    Kerrick stepping down to demonstrate to jury again

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Kerrick becomes emotional again as he recalls Ferrell going toward Officer Little

    Using map to point out where he and Officer Little were positioned

    Coleen Harry WBTV ‏@ColeenHarryWBTV
    he’s pointing out where he to Ofr Little; & when he saw the suspect

    kerrick back on stand; describing his police vehicle

    defense showing Kerrick pictures of cruiser at night-time; Kerrick verbally identifying for the jury

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb
      Defense shows picture of #Weskerrick patrol car where see Police on side illuminated, Kerrick on stand

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    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Kerrick says that night was the first time he say Officer Little, a veteran, draw his Taser.

    That fed into Kerrick perceiving a threat

    “Based on my training and experience, because Little has Taser on, and suspect matched B&E description, I drew weapon.

    “Is that how you were trained?”
    “Yes sir, it is.”

    Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb
    Kerrick: “Fact that Officer Little fired taser told me there was threat, Little never fired taser or gun in 13 yrs”

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Kerrick: Ferrell was coming at Officer Little “at a fast pace.”

    Couldn’t tell if he was armed

    Kerrick didn’t see how Officer Little could miss with his Taser

    No “verbal confirmation” he was unarmed

    Amy Cowman ‏@amywccb
    Kerrick says if taser had worked he would have holstered his weapon and had 5 seconds to handcuff

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    “After the Taser was deployed, I yelled ‘stop!'” Ferrell then focused on me.

    “The suspect began aggressively coming towards me.”

    “At first it was a pretty rapid pace, like a fast walk.”

    “He began to charge at a much faster pace.”

    “I gave loud verbal commands to stop, get on the ground.”

    Kerrick was then backpedaling to put space between him and Ferrell

    Demonstrates how loudly he yelled “get on the ground!”

    Ferrell said nothing as he was charging toward Kerrick

    “What did you interpret his body language to mean?”
    “He was going to attack me.”

    Coleen Harry WBTV ‏@ColeenHarryWBTV
    #KerrickTrial: said he interpretated suspect body language to be mean he was going to attack me @WBTV_News

    crying; says he thought suspect was going to assault him; take his gun from him; concerned for his safety

    saw suspect reach for waist band when he was in 5 ft of him

    didnt know what suspect had; doesn’t think he should have holstered his weapon; suspect ran thru taser

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Fired when Ferrell was within 3-5 feet.

    Coleen Harry WBTV ‏@ColeenHarryWBTV
    he thought he first fired bet 4-6 shots; some point they made physical contact; he fell

    suspect was on top of him; it was dark in the ditch; he was on his back; used left hand to prop himself

    Kerrick on the ground demonstrating for the jury how he was on the ground

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    “Did you bite your lip” when you fell?
    “No sir”

    Kerrick gets on courtroom floor and demonstrates how he was on the ground with Ferrell

    Nothing I was doing was getting him to stop. He was still trying to advance towards me, despite firing shots.

    Yelled “don’t move!” once I broke free of him

    “I thought I was going to die.”

    “Nothing I would do would stop him.”

    “He was doing everything he could to get to where my gun was at.”

    Coleen Harry WBTV ‏@ColeenHarryWBTV
    fired his weapon; he couldn’t get suspect off him; finally got free; didn’t fire any more shots

    says suspect was swimming at him; swinging his arms; one point suspect struck him; felt a jerk on the gun,

    Kerrick says he believed he was going to die; “nothing I would do would stop him.”

    kerrick crying, visibly upset watching sketch of Ferrell on him

    crying he says suspect was bigger then he; he kept firing his weapon b/c suspect wouldn’t stop

    still didn’t know if suspect war armed; he didn’t handcuff him after shooting

    suspect never tried to run the other direction; he didn’t shoot him the back

    one he got out from suspect he never touched him

    after shooting his mouth was bleeding; was hurting elsewhere; left arm had scrapes

    says gun never recoiled and hit him in the mouth

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    After incident Kerrick’s head and mouth hurt. Medic checked on scrapes on his arm.

    Did the gun recoil and hit you in the mouth?
    “Absolutely not.”

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    • well which officer is lying? they BOTH were right there, one says the victim said NOTHING, the other claims he said shoot me twice……and the shooters description of thing does NOT match the video he clearly says he was walking towards me then accelerated into a fast run, the video shows the victim, was walking towards the lights then saw the red dots on his chest and then started running, clearly veering to his left right on by the officer with the taser…..BUT it is at this time the shooter claims he slowed to a walk(didnt say that but did say he walked towards ME which he wasnt doing on the video) then sped up to a full charge……..there was not time for that to happen the yelling and shooting happened about 2 SECONDS after the victim ran out of the video….and this stuff of he feared for his life and was afraid the guy was going to try to take his gun is 100% nonsense……he had the gun and shot the guy simple FACT, the guy never got close enough to touch him, and his first volley of shots had a shot that would be fatal without immediate medical care within ONE MINUTE, to claim after the first volley of shots the victim was still fighting is again utter nonsense, he FELL to the ground with fatal wounds and the officer had fallen in front of the victim that is likely when the officer hurt his own mouth as he fell either from biting his own lip or having his gun hit himself as he fell…….we citizens have no hope, the police can make up any wild story they desire even when video shows it cant be true.

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      • we citizens have no hope, the police can make up any wild story they desire even when video shows it cant be true.

        Remember the video of Rodney King? The officers still walked. I think one or two were eventually tried on federal charges and convicted.

        Let’s hope that the jury is able to stand in Jonathan’s shoes, realize the inconsistencies in testimony, and return a verdict of guilty.

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  39. yahtzeebutterfly

    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Jury seeing cuts inside Kerrick’s mouth

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CMUSo-bWIAAW7zB.jpg

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      Coleen Harry WBTV ‏@ColeenHarryWBTV
      #KerrickTrial; left arm bruise hours laters @WBTV_News

      says he did not have those bruises on arms or lip before he went on duty

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    Chris Miller ‏@ChrisMillerWBT
    Kerrick went to police HQ for interview “because I didn’t think I did anything wrong.”

    Reviewing photos of Kerrick’s uniform after the shooting

    The uniform has mud and grass stains

    Coleen Harry WBTV ‏@ColeenHarryWBTV
    #KerrickTrial: Kerrick says he thought he fired 4-6 shots; now knows how many he fired @WBTV_News

    says he could have waited to give a statement but he didn’t b/c he didn’t think he did anything wrong

    Kerrick describing shrimping; moving hips left to right trying to create distance

    defense showing Kerrick a photo of his duty belt

    Kerrick still looking at photos/defense exhibits of what he looked like hours after

    his duty belt; said he did not have any stains on it prior

    photos of him in uniform after the shooting;

    judge calls it for the day; jury back tomorrow 9:30a

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  41. yahtzeebutterfly

    I want to thank all of the reporters who have been tweeting out and keeping us informed about the Kerrick trial.

    Thanks so much! 🙂

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    • Yahtzee, I want to thank you for following the reporters and your commitment to keeping us informed. You are amazing.

      No matter what the jury decides, Jonathan deserves to have the trial of his killer reported. His life mattered.

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      • yahtzeebutterfly

        ” His life mattered.”

        Yes, indeed, Xena.

        Jonathan’s life mattered. He enriched the lives of those around him.

        At a rally recently, Jonathan’s mother spoke about him:

        Jonathan was about peace. He was a very peaceful person. He was not aggressive at all. Jonathan had love in his heart for the world…not just humans but even the little bitta bugs. He had love for them.

        Jonathan was a person that would never come to you forcefully. He was always peaceful.

        He was happy, peaceful… even if you was angry, Jonathan give you love back when you yell at him. You could be mean. He would… yeah, you yell… he’d laugh.

        Rest in peace, Jonathan. You were a blessing to your family and those whose lives you touched.

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  42. yahtzeebutterfly

    Here are clips of Kerrick’s testimony provided by The Charlotte Observer:

    “Officer Kerrick describes moments before shooting” –>

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  43. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Randall Kerrick describes shooting Jonathan Ferrell” —>

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    • can a citizen when they see an officer walking towards them make the claim the guy had a GUN and a very aggressive look on his face so when he got within 10 feet of me i shot him and get away with it?

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      • Bill, isn’t that what stand your ground is? You can shoot someone for not liking the way they look. Only, I don’t think that goes for citizens when seeing people in uniform.

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