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USA: Charlotte protesters slam mistrial in police shooting

United States, Charlotte
August 23, 2015 at 14:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Protesters took to the streets of Charlotte, Saturday evening to express their anger over the mistrial of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department officer Randall Kerrick. Officer Kerrick had been on trial for the fatal shooting of unarmed African-American motorist Jonathan Ferrell.

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.

The protesters maintain allegations of rampant systemic racism throughout America's police

departments, and a culture of interdepartmental violence aimed specifically and disproportionately at African Americans.

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Protesters took to the streets of Charlotte, Saturday evening to express their anger over the mistrial of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department officer Randall Kerrick. Officer Kerrick had been on trial for the fatal shooting of unarmed African-American motorist Jonathan Ferrell.

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.

The protesters maintain allegations of rampant systemic racism throughout America's police

departments, and a culture of interdepartmental violence aimed specifically and disproportionately at African Americans.

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