Randall Kerrick

David Boraks / WFAE

  The recent fatal police shootings of African-American men and the killing of five Dallas police officers have revived discussions aimed at easing tensions between CMPD officers and those Charlotte residents who are wary of them.  At a forum hosted by the NAACP in uptown last night, several hundred people questioned and criticized CMPD. There was also some praise.  

Immediately following the fatal shooting of Jonathan Ferrell by then-CMPD officer Randall Kerrick in September of 2013, there were differing opinions among law enforcement about whether or not Kerrick should have been charged with voluntary manslaughter.

That’s according to a review of newly released court documents and interviews by the Charlotte Observer.

Fred Clasen-Kelly is the reporter who wrote the story. He spoke to WFAE’s Marshall Terry for Thursday's Morning Edition.

Clashing Views Followed SBI, CMPD Probes of Police Shooting

Oct 25, 2015
John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

The decision to charge police officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell divided not only a jury and the city – it divided law enforcement as well, newly released court papers and interviews show.

Kerrick Resigns

Oct 8, 2015

CMPD officer Randall Kerrick resigned, effective Oct. 2,  and will receive more than $100,000 as part of his separation agreement. Kerrick was suspended from the force after fatally shooting an unarmed African-American man two years ago. His trial ended in a hung jury. 

Gwendolyn Glenn/WFAE

Two years ago, 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed by Charlotte police officer Randall Kerrick. For the first time, Ferrell’s family went to the site to place a wreath in the ditch where Ferrell died along Reedy Creek Road in northeast Mecklenburg County.

AG Cooper Won't Retry Kerrick

Aug 28, 2015
Ben Bradford / WFAE

“Our prosecutors believe unanimously that a retrial will not yield a different result.”

Those were the words of Attorney General Roy Cooper in explaining his decision not to retry CMPD officer Randall Kerrick for the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrrell two years ago.

Protester arrested 8/22 outside Bank of America stadium
Jeff Siner / The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Kerr Putney is working to repair a rift with officers angry over the department’s handling of Randall “Wes” Kerrick, the white officer accused of killing an unarmed black man.

Charlotte Observer

The defense rested its case Monday afternoon in the Randall Kerrick voluntary manslaughter trial. Monday's testimony centered around CMPD’s training policy and DNA evidence.

Charlotte Observer

Defense attorneys will continue presenting their case Monday in the voluntary manslaughter trial of Randall Kerrick. This is the third week of testimony in the trial of the CMPD officer who shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell in 2013. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports the defense is likely to present DNA evidence.

Defense attorney George Laughrun told Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin that officer Randall Kerrick will testify during his trial.