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USA: Mistrial in police shooting sparks protest in Charlotte01:44

USA: Mistrial in police shooting sparks protest in Charlotte

United States, Charlotte
August 23, 2015 at 09:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

In the wake of a declaration of a mistrial in the case of CMPD officer Randall Kerrick, who was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell, activists gathered outside Mecklenburg County Courthouse in Charlotte, North Carolina, Saturday.

Civil rights activists, and representatives from local churches gathered outside the courthouse, and gave speeches urging Charlotte Mecklenberg Police Department to review their use of force policy.

In September 2013, 24 year-old Jonathan Ferrell walked into a house in eastern Charlotte after crashing his car. The homeowner called 911 and upon seeing Ferrell in the dark police officer Kerrick fired 10 shots killing him instantly.

On Friday the jury, made up of eight women (two African American, two Hispanic) and four men (three white, one African American), deadlocked at 8-4, leading Judge Robert C. Ervin to declare a mistrial on Friday after four days of deliberations.

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In the wake of a declaration of a mistrial in the case of CMPD officer Randall Kerrick, who was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell, activists gathered outside Mecklenburg County Courthouse in Charlotte, North Carolina, Saturday.

Civil rights activists, and representatives from local churches gathered outside the courthouse, and gave speeches urging Charlotte Mecklenberg Police Department to review their use of force policy.

In September 2013, 24 year-old Jonathan Ferrell walked into a house in eastern Charlotte after crashing his car. The homeowner called 911 and upon seeing Ferrell in the dark police officer Kerrick fired 10 shots killing him instantly.

On Friday the jury, made up of eight women (two African American, two Hispanic) and four men (three white, one African American), deadlocked at 8-4, leading Judge Robert C. Ervin to declare a mistrial on Friday after four days of deliberations.

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