Jonathan Ferrell

Local News
2:17 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

New CMPD Chief Kerr Putney Sworn In

New CMPD chief Kerr Putney holds his hand up as he takes the oath of office, with his mother at his side. To her right, mayor Dan Clodfelter administers the oath.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte has a new police chief. Long-time CMPD veteran Kerr Putney took the oath of office before the city council Monday.

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WFAE Talks
3:49 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

WFAE Talks, Episode 52: Police Shooting Settlement And Looming Budget Decisions

Credit WFAE

WFAE's Tom Bullock sits in for both Lisa Worf and Ben Bradford. Tom and News Director Greg Collard discuss the city of Charlotte's $2.25 million settlement with the family of Jonathan Ferrell. He died in September 2013 after police officer Randall Kerrick shot him 10 times. The settlement comes about 2 months before Kerrick goes to trial (July 20) on a voluntary manslaughter charge. Greg and Tom also discuss budget decisions that will soon be made at the local and state levels, plus a legislative attempt to redraw some local election districts.

Local News
10:11 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Georgia Ferrell, Mother Of Jonathan Ferrell, Issues Statement Regarding Civil Suit Settlement

It is with mixed emotions that we announce a settlement has been reached regarding our civil lawsuit against the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and City of Charlotte.  

We are grateful that this case has been resolved, but it is devastating to know that nothing we do will ever bring Jonathan back.  Our faith in God and the power of prayer are the only things that have gotten us through this tragic situation.  

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Local News
12:18 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

City, Ferrell Family Reach $2.25 Million Settlement In Police Shooting

Mayor Dan Clodfelter speaks at Thursday's news conference.
Credit Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

A settlement was reached Thursday between the city of Charlotte and the family of Jonathan Ferrell. In September of 2013, Ferrell, a 24-year-old unarmed black man, was shot 10 times by Charlotte police officer Randall Kerrick. Ferrell died of his injuries.

Kerrick, is scheduled to go to trial this summer on a voluntary manslaughter charge. His attorneys maintain the shooting was justified.

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Local News
9:06 am
Mon April 13, 2015

CMPD Talks Citizen Rights And Use Of Force At Forums

Police Chief Rodney Monroe shows the audience a simulator officers train on to learn how to use force.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Incidents in Ferguson, North Charleston, and several other cities across the country have put the spotlight on police treatment of African American men. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are trying a new tactic to help build trust in the community. It involves a lot of conversation and came at the suggestion of a barber.

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Local News
8:18 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Anti-Profiling Measure Does Not Take Shape At Charlotte Council Meeting

After the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both unarmed black men killed by police officers, Charlotte lawmakers are once again re-evaluating how police interact with the minority communities they serve. The city council met Monday evening to consider a possible anti-racial profiling law, but what it would actually do is undecided.

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Local News
9:44 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Charlotte Protesters: 'We Look At Ferguson And We See Our Backyard'

Protesters in Marshall Park
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Ferguson, Missouri is more than 700 miles away from Charlotte. But that doesn’t mean the events there aren’t resonating here.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Charlotte last night to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed black teen Michael Brown.

It was just after 6:00 p.m. when the crowd gathered in front of the fountain at Marshall Park, their arms raised as they yelled out "hands up...don't shoot!", a refrain now heard across the country.

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Local News
9:14 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Monroe Discusses Community Relations At Town Hall

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Police departments and their relationships with their communities are under scrutiny in the aftermath of a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

In a forum on Tuesday, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe outlined a few of his plans to build relationships with communities.

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Local News
4:47 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

City Stops Paying Court Costs For CMPD Officer

Officer Randall Kerrick

If you're a city employee sued by anyone while you're on the job, the city will help pay for your legal costs. That's how it usually works.

But last month, city manager Ron Carlee decided to stop paying attorney fees for Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick.That's because CMPD charged him with a crime: voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell.

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7:49 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Charlotte NAACP Holds Vigil For Jonathan Ferrell One Year After His Death

Reverend Rodney Sadler of Union Presbyterian Seminary prayed for an end to racism during the vigil on Tuesday night across CMPD headquarters in uptown Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

More than two dozen people attended a prayer vigil for Jonathan Ferrell across the street from police headquarters in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday night.

Ferrell was shot ten times by a Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer last year.

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