NPR Podcast Embedded Looks At Jonathan Ferrell Shooting

Mar 9, 2017

Kelly McEvers, host of Embedded.
Credit Stephen Voss for NPR

Three-and-a-half years ago, a dash board camera recorded an encounter leading up to CMPD officer Randall Kerrick shooting and killing a young, unarmed black man named Jonathan Ferrell. Shortly after, then CMPD police chief Rodney Monroe described it this way:

"As the officer approached him, just to determine if he's in fact the individual, what's going on," Monroe says. "He immediately, runs toward an officer. At the same time, the officer tries to retreat, while at the same time firing his weapon."

CMPD charged Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter. A year later, a judge declared a mistrial in the case.  The jury viewed that video and came to different conclusions. A new season of the NPR podcast Embedded explores that case and why police video is rarely conclusive. NPR's All Things Considered host Kelly McEvers also hosts Embedded. The new season begins today.  She joined WFAE's Marshall Terry.