Local Ministers, Community Leaders Work To Prevent Violence As Kerrick Trial Approaches

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 CHARLOTTE, NC — Ministers in Charlotte are working to prevent possible violent protests when a CMPD officer goes on trial next month.  Wes Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter for shooting and killing Jonathan Ferrell in 2013.

Close to 100 pastors and community leaders held a summit Thursday at Nations Ford Community Church.  They want to avoid violent protests like the ones that have happened in Baltimore and Ferguson.

“The way we want to do that is by attracting attention to the good news of the Gospel, versus the challenges that we face, and doing so with some gospel music and others things of that nature that will help us have a conversation with some of the people who may be involved," said Dr. Phillip Davis of Nations Ford Community Church.

Officer Kerrick’s criminal trial is set to begin on July 20.  You can count on the WCCB Charlotte Trial Team for continuing coverage.  Look for updates on air and online.