Will Griggs describes the killing of Jonathan Ferrell:
At about 2:30 a.m. last September 14, Ferrell drove off an entrance road in a suburban neighborhood about 15 miles from Charlotte. (The coroner later found that his blood alcohol content was below the legal limit.) He went to a nearby home and knocked on the door in the hope of using a telephone. A woman inside the house, thinking that the large black man on her doorstep was trying to break into her home, called 911. After Kerrick and another officer responded, they found Ferrell walking on the street.
Rather than fleeing – as would be expected from a burglary suspect – Ferrell ran toward the officers, in the hope of enlisting their aid. The cops responded with lethal force – first shooting him with a Taser, and then opening fire. Kerrick fired twelve shots within the space of a few seconds, hitting the victim ten times. Ferrell died at the scene.
A few hours later, Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter and released on $50,000 bond. That decision provoked the passionate displeasure of police spokesmen nation-wide.
“What [the decision to charge Kerrick] does is it shakes [the confidence of police officers] because, like it or not, most cops like to think their department has their back,” groused Randy Hagler, president of the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police.
WSOCTV reported that the NAAPC is “outraged.” They should be. But this raises the issue: Why has this white on black crime not become a national scandal? I’m not saying that I like the racial grievance industry. What bothers me is that the industry doesn’t ever seem to get national media attention if cops are involved. If some non-police armed citizen fires a gun and kills an African American, then that causes a national alarm. But if a police officer does it, then no one seems to mind.
George Zimmerman had the wounds to prove he was physically attacked by Trayvon Martin, and the media treated him as guilty beyond doubt. They made it a national issue. Why don’t they do the same for Ferrell
WBTV interviewed a local Charlotte law professor who used to work as a New York prosecutor. She said, “If you look at police shootings, statistically in New York it’s not uncommon for there to be a no-true bill because police officers they have the legal authority to use force when necessary.”
“When necessary”? Twelve bullets. Ten shots to the chest of an unarmed man.