CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Hundreds of people gathered in northeast Charlotte Thursday night to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a CMPD officer who shot and killed an unarmed man. The Charlotte civil rights group THUG (True Healing Under God) organized the rally at Next Level Ministries.
Many say they’re outraged after a Mecklenburg County grand jury refused to indict Officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick for voluntary manslaughter in the death of Jonathon Ferrell. Charlotte NAACP President Kojo Nantambu told the crowd, “What happened in that jury room was not a tragedy. That was a very atrocious, diabolical act of evil.”
On Monday, January 27th, a new, 18 member grand jury will re-examine the case against Kerrick. Only 12 jurors are required but Attorney General Roy Cooper wants a full panel to hear the case.
Jonathan Ferrell’s family attorney Christoper Chestnut sent WCCB a statement urging people to “allow those in the criminal justice system a full opportunity to meet their professional responsibilities.” The family’s official statement also says that the Ferrells have “faith in God that justice will prevail in the end and that Jonathan’s death will not have been in vain.”