CMPD

Crime
2:32 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Toxicology, Autopsy Report For Shooting Victim Ferrell Released

Jonathan Ferrell was shot to death by a CMPD officer in northeast Mecklenburg county on September 14.
Credit Florida A&M Athletics

The state's medical examiner's office released a toxicology and autopsy report for Jonathan Ferrell on Friday afternoon. The report shows that the 24-year-old had nicotine, a small amount of alcohol and caffeine in his system on the night of his death in mid-September. The report shows that Ferrell's blood alcohol level was .06 percent. State law puts the legal blood alcohol level limit at .08 percent while driving.

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Crime
11:51 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Judge Grants Prosecutor Control Of Police Shooting Video; Effectively Blocks Release

Superior Court District Judge Richard Boner signed an order to block the release the dash cam video.
Tasnim Shamma

A judge on Thursday effectively prohibited CMPD from releasing dash-cam video footage from the death of an unarmed man who was fatally shot 10 times by a police officer.


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Local News
12:04 am
Tue October 29, 2013

CMPD Citizens Review Board On Path To Gain Some Power

Members of a coalition called "CRB Reform Now" attend a meeting of the Charlotte City Council's Council-Manager Subcommittee which unanimously approved recommended changes to the police department's Citizens Review Board.
Credit Julie Rose

The Charlotte City Council is advancing a plan to give more power to the Citizens Review Board charged with hearing complaints of police misconduct.


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Crime
9:29 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Police Arrest 15 As Part Of 'Operation Heartbreak Hotels'

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Anne Tompkins speaking at a press conference at CMPD's North Tryon Division.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

 Federal and local law enforcement officers have been working to cut down on the number of drug transactions taking place at hotels along the I-85 and Sugar Creek corridor. After a four-month investigation, police arrested fifteen people this morning and charged them with possession of drugs and firearms. 

It was déjà vu for the Sugar Creek neighborhood. In February of 2012, CMPD arrested nine people on drug, gun and robbery charges. Crime went down briefly says U.S. attorney Anne Tompkins.  

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Crime
12:45 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Fiancee Of Shooting Victim Ferrell Wants CMPD To Release Dash-Cam Video

Caché Heidel, the fiancée of Jonathan Ferrell, standing next to family attorney Christopher Chestnut, told reporters that she believes the dash-cam video would show that Ferrell's death was unjustified.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The fiancée of Jonathan Ferrell, the unarmed 24-year-old man killed by a police officer last month, wants the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to release a dash-cam video of the incident in which he was shot 10 times.

But CMPD says the decision to release the video is no longer theirs.

Caché Heidel spoke softly, looked uncomfortable and made clear that she did not want to be at the Ritz-Carlton uptown as reporters waited for her to speak.

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Local News
9:44 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Panel Recommends More Power For CMPD Citizens Review Board

Attorney Matt Newton calls for "strengthening" CMPD's Citizens Review Board at a rally on Monday.
Credit Julie Rose

Public comment compiled by a task force over the last three months concludes CMPD's Citizens Review Board needs more power to investigate complaints of officer misconduct. A Charlotte City Council's Council-Manager Relations Committee will review the recommendations on Monday.


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Crime
5:06 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Officer's Attorney: Shooting Justified; CMPD Releases 911 Tape

Charlotte attorney Michael Greene, right, says he believes his client, CMPD officer Randall Kerrick, was justified in his shooting of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell on September 14.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

A CMPD officer charged with voluntary manslaughter after shooting a man 10 times had his first court appearance on Tuesday. At the court hearing, the judge scheduled the next court date for the morning of October 7. Meanwhile, defense attorney Michael Greene says he believes officer Randall Kerrick was justified in his shooting.

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Local News
1:10 am
Tue September 17, 2013

CMPD Officer Fired 12 Times In Killing Of Unarmed Man

Georgia Ferrell clutches a stuffed animal belonging to her son Jonathan, 24, who was shot and killed by a CMPD officer on Saturday morning.
Credit Julie Rose

A Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer charged with involuntary voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed man over the weekend is due in court this afternoon. CMPD says Officer Randall Kerrick used excessive force in the death of Jonathan Ferrell, firing his gun 12 times and striking Ferrell with ten of those bullets. An attorney for the Ferrell family calls the criminal charge "bold" and "unprecedented," but questions whether CMPD vets and trains its officers adequately.

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Local News
6:03 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Family Of Slain Man Applauds CMPD For Swiftly Charging Officer

Jonathan Ferrell's brother Willie, the family's attorney Christopher Chestnut and Ferrell's mother Georgia held a press conference in Charlotte on Monday morning.
Credit Julie Rose

More details – and consequences – are beginning to emerge from a tragic incident in northeast Mecklenburg County over the weekend. 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed by CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick, who has now been charged with voluntary manslaughter. All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey spoke with WFAE's Julie Rose about new developments in the story.

Julie, you were at a press conference with Mr. Ferrell's family this morning. What were you able to learn from them about the incident?

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Local News
12:48 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

CMPD Officer Charged With Manslaughter, Due In Court Tuesday

Officer Randall Kerrick
Credit Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter is due in court Tuesday.

Officer Randall Kerrick shot and killed an unarmed man over the weekend. His name was Jonathan Ferrell, and he was 24 years old. He wrecked his car in northeast Charlotte early Saturday morning, and then banged on the door of a home nearby around 2 a.m. The woman living there called the police.

When officers arrived, he ran toward them. Officer Kerrick fired several rounds, killing him.

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