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Randall KerrickCHARLOTTE, NC  – A Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer has been charged with manslaughter within a few hours of shooting and killing an an unarmed man.

There are still some unanswered questions regarding this incident and what we do know is that Jonathan Ferrell got into a single-car accident in a wooded area early Saturday morning. The wreck was so bad that  Ferrell had to crawl through the back window of the vehicle to get out.

Ferrell wandered a half mile before emerging from the wooded area into a nearby neighborhood. He went to a home and began banging “violently” on the front door. The woman inside opened the door, thinking it was her husband returning home from work. When she saw a large black man standing on her front porch, she shut the door and called 911.

What happened when police arrived on the scene is where some of the details are lacking. Camera footage taken from responding officer’s patrol car show an unarmed Ferrell running towards the officers while lifting up his shirt. Ferrell’s family members say police never gave him any commands to stop, yet Officer Thornell Little deployed his Taser at Ferrell but it failed to stop Ferrell.

Jonathan Ferrell

Jonathan Ferrell

When Ferrell continued to run towards Officer Randall Kerrick, who already had his service weapon drawn, Kerrick fired his gun 12 times, hitting Ferrell 10 times. Ferrell was pronounced dead at the scene and within hours, Kerrick had been charged with voluntary manslaughter.

According to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, two assistant DAs were on the scene of the shooting that night, but it was the police department that decided to file charges against one of their own.

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The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department issued a statement, saying evidence revealed Officer Kerrick’s use of force was excessive and fit the criteria for voluntary manslaughter. They say Ferrell was not armed and that Kerrick didn’t have to fire his weapon.

Charging an officer with a crime so quickly after a shooting incident like this could mean a couple things, one being that he committed a crime, and the other being that the city was trying to quickly curtail any racial tensions that may have arisen from not charging the officer for shooting Ferrell.

More details are sure to come, and nothing will change the fact that Officer Kerrick unloaded a clip into an unarmed man, but I’d like to know why Ferrell was acting the way he was. Everyone knows not to run at cops who have their weapons drawn on you, no matter what color you are.

I can only assume Ferrell was not thinking rationally. Maybe he was suffering from injuries from the wreck, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or possibly all of the above.

Officer Kerrick is on paid administrative leave and will be in court this morning. Officer Little and Officer Adam Neal have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation.

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  • Jessie

    Sad story. Mistakes all around. I will be interested to see if Ferrell was drunk and that was the cause of his car-crashing, violent-door-knocking, cop-rushing antics. No excuse for this cop’s behavior though! Also I wonder what the woman said to the 911 operator.

  • PureDrivenSnow

    I feel for the police officer. No one understands how split second these situations are unless they’ve actually been in one. This doesn’t appear to be a case of maliciousness at all but rather tragic mistakes all around.

    The fact that Ferrell was involved in a one vehicle accident and then allegedly acted erratically leads me to believe he was impaired, either due to a substance or medical condition. It’s a very sad situation.

  • kcjosh

    I also read that the initial contact he had with the lady she thought he was trying to break in. When the police showed up they were looking for a breaking and entering subject. Sad case all around and especially sad that our society lives in such a fear state that a guy looking for help gets confused for an armed robber.

  • Its because the victim was black, wasn’t it? A black man running towards a cop must have nefarious intentions.

  • GracieW

    This is like Final Destination. To survive a crash that bad and then get shot and killed. It was his time and he was leaving this planet one way or another it seems. Wow. But why was Ferrell pounding on the door so violently and then charging officers even after being tasered? Sounds like he was under the influence of something.

  • PureDrivenSnow

    Well, in defense of the home owner, if someone starts banging on my door in the middle of the night, I’m calling the police. In fact, there are very few scenarios I can envision where I’d open the door before calling the police. You need help, just wait outside and I’ll make a call for you.

  • Jessie

    I sort of agree. He had a serious one-car accident and was able to walk away. Something’s up with that for sure. But I don’t feel bad for that hillbilly cop with the itchy trigger finger either.

  • Somehow, I think the person that called the police in the first place was more guilty of racial profiling than the cop…I think this Cop was simply guilty of bad judgement that proved fatal for an innocent person.

  • no it was bc he was a trigger happy cop jeeze! 12 rounds into a man who had been tazered twice total abuse of power not racism

  • Ya know, Mr Ball, I think you are right.

  • PureDrivenSnow

    You know he’s a “hillbilly”? Why the pejorative?

  • I’m interested to know if the victim had a head injury, I have witnessed a few incidents where a person involved in a vehicle accident sustain serious head injuries which resulted in the injured party acting erratically and often becoming combative.

  • kcjosh

    Oh I’m not saying she should have let him in for milk and cookies but too immediately jump to he must be breaking in is the fear state I mentioned. She could have just called the cops and said he there is a guy acting strange banging on my door he may need help.

    All around just a shitty situation. She is probably going to feel a little guilty about it, I’m sure the cop feels terrible as I doubt he wanted to kill someone that night, and worse of all is the guys family who now have to try and pick up the pieces.

  • Justagirl

    A “split second decision”/ a “tragic mistake”? TWELVE shots? o_O

  • Texas Ranger

    The 12 shots is what I keep focusing on. Cop pistols are semi-automatic at best, therefore it would take 12 conscious pulls of the trigger, I’ll give him credit for 6 pulls due to his probable training to double-tap shoot (especially since 10 of 12 hit the mark, he must be trained well)….but if Farrell was that threatening and close enough for the cop to feel threatened…..I don’t see the time needed to shoot that many times….sounds almost like an unplanned execution caused by adrenaline.

  • Jessie

    Dude look at that picture!!!

  • Valerie

    It’s not like he was loading a musket. You can empty out an entire clip pretty fast, especially when you think your life is in danger.

  • itsknotme

    I think I’ll stay with the good olde fashion Limbo ’cause that new Matrix Dance is a killer.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I almost don’t know what to think -or- don’t want to think about why someone would slam the door in the face of an injured man -and- not first request and ambulance. It is North Carolina afterall…
    I am almost amazed that the police department would make such a strong statement against the office prior to a thorough investigation. There is probably no union and the officer is probably on his own and could easily have to defend himself with an attorney of whatever quality he can afford. This is North Carolina afterall…

  • Delaney3030

    If I was trying to break into a house in the middle of the night my first strategy would not be banging on the door. If someone was banging on my door in the middle off the night my first reaction wouldbe “oh no, the cops are here!” . Burglars are not generally as rude as the cops that way.

  • “And his name is Randy.”

    Holy shit, that’s funny. 😛

  • Jessie


  • Cops are trained to have more control than that, for Christ’s sake. This guy fucked up. If an obviously unarmed man running toward you makes you that skiddish, you’ve got no business in that profession.

    That said, I’ll be shocked if he’s convicted. Juries love to acquit on these charges.

  • techsupp0rt

    Yeah, a cop killing an unarmed black man out in the woods, filling him full of holes for no apparent reason, in NC.

    They were smart in charging him quick. If you think racial tension gets a little intense in Florida, I think either of the Carolinas would go to all out civil war.

  • DeweyCheatam

    Devil’s advocate here, b/c I like to stir the pot with you sometimes, but could the cop have known the guy was “obviously unarmed” while everything was going down? It was something like 2 a.m. and presumably dark, right?

  • That’s what I figured Art. Did you see his vehicle? It was pretty banged up. Had to be a head injury.

  • DeweyCheatam

    lol … Even though as a general rule I tend to be on the side of the law, when I saw this guy’s picture I did think there may be more to the story, possibly including being thrown under the bus by his own department for things unrelated to this shooting. He just looks like a tool, don’t he?

  • Jessie

    He SURE DO, Dewey! 😉

  • Lena60

    Hmm, I see my post went into cyber space. sad story no matter how you look at it.

  • Faith_In_Reason

    In no time flat this has already fallen into the gutter of ad hominem race-baiting. I really really hope there’s some way to prove beyond doubt the reasons behind the shooting, race-related or not.

  • ShelbySP

    I know when I got in a wreck I ran at the first person I heard, because the airbag had hit me in the face and my eyes were swollen and full of blood. I was pretty much blind for a couple hours. Maybe something similar? After a traumatic event your hearing and vision can do crazy things. So sad that he survived that wreck and died because of this. I’m waiting for the “His BAC was .0000000342, he deserved it!” or “He looked at a marijuana one time when he was 17, he’s a criminal!” Character assassination.

  • Buffettgirl

    My guess, Ferrell had one hell of a concussion, thus the bizarre behavior and a freaked out Kerrick had no idea he was impaired due to injury and thought his life was in danger because of the erratic behavior caused by the concussion. Very sad all around…

  • If the video shows him running with his shirt up, at least one of the hands was visible and not holding a weapon. Unless the other hand was in a pocket or reaching behind him, this guy had no justification for unloading his clip. The fact that charges have been filed, and filed swiftly, leads me to believe the video shows nothing that would justify the officer’s actions.

  • DeweyCheatam

    Yeah, I missed the part about the video. Will be interesting to see what’s what. But a terrible situation either way. One guy probably losing his job at the very least, and maybe going to jail, and the other poor guy deceased. Lose – lose.

  • While working as a paramedic I had a patient who had a punctured lung who was running wildly through the street. it took several police officers and firefighters to hold him down so I could assess him thank God no one shot him before I diagnosed his punctured lung

  • While working as a paramedic I had a patient who had a punctured lung who was running wildly through the street. it took several police officers and firefighters to hold him down so I could assess him thank God no one shot him before I diagnosed his punctured lung

  • I’ve been hearing people assume he was intoxicated, and well thats possible, its also very possible he was injured or just frightened. Fear can get alot of adrenalin running through your body and I wouldn’t be surprised if he hit his head pretty hard in the accident. No matter what the case was, shooting an unarmed man 12 TIMES is definitely excessive force! It doesn’t take 12 bullets to stop someone even if they are high as a kite on drugs.

  • I’ve been hearing people assume he was intoxicated, and well thats possible, its also very possible he was injured or just frightened. Fear can get alot of adrenalin running through your body and I wouldn’t be surprised if he hit his head pretty hard in the accident. No matter what the case was, shooting an unarmed man 12 TIMES is definitely excessive force! It doesn’t take 12 bullets to stop someone even if they are high as a kite on drugs.

  • tkaz

    This is going to be a tv movie…too much sadness, emotions and lack of a real protagonist. Maybe at the end the judge will say into the camera, “Racism is the real protagonist.”

  • johnny washington

    Dumb, wish you were in the cops place so we could read about a racist asshole killed by a crazy out of control motherfucker

  • johnny washington

    You know he was thrown under the bus to keep the jessie’s (hillbilly) and other racist out of town, was the cop a white hispanic, got to watch out for those

  • johnny washington

    Crazy motherfucker running at you as you point a gun at him, and you feel that can be handled without shooting
    you’ve obviously never been there done that
    easy to say crap from the safety others provide for you

  • johnny washington

    who says he was looking for help, bet turns out he was on drugs and out of control dangerous

  • patrickdh10

    I believe the officer was within his envelope of legal protection firing upon a person who was not affected by the taser and was charging him while ignoring commands to freeze. The problem occurred when he blasted him 12 times, though I would bet my banana clip that he gets off with perhaps a suspension if even that. Hell, here in my town the police filled a an unarmed guy full of lead,32 shots I believe, and they received medals.

  • I’ve had crazy motherfuckers like this running at me and never had to use a gun at all… and I’m a chick. So, actually, yeah… no excuse.

    You really shouldn’t make assumptions about people you don’t know.

    *And just to clarify, I don’t disagree with him firing his weapon. One or two shots would have pretty easily been justified, given the circumstances. 12 shots, 10 of which hit the target? Nope. Cops are trained better than that, plain and simple. Dude fucked up.

  • johnny washington

    White cop kills crazed attacking black man
    cop must be racist
    LOL, who are you people?

  • Jessie

    Lordy lordy! you got it wrong, johnny. you have NO idea how many hillbillies, black AND hispanic guys i dated before settling for an average white dude. I ain’t no racist, mista.

  • Jessie

    you are obviously related to Randy, and we aren’t going to side with you so give it up.

  • Pyncky

    Ferrell’s family members say police never gave him any commands to stop, How would they know if they weren’t there? And how do you keep going after being tazed? Why would he need to shoot 10 shots to stop him?

    Too many questions. Hopefully time will tell.

  • Valerie

    Oh, I know they are SUPPOSED to be more trained than that. I was just pointing out that firing 12 shots from a semiautomatic pistol doesn’t take a very long time.

  • johnny washington

    Simi Auto, he kept shooting till the crazed attacker dropped
    the attacker probably didn’t feel a thing just like he didn’t feel the taser
    attackers high on drugs at times feel no pain
    officer kept shooting till the crazed attacker was down, it’s not like he’s going to stop shooting if the attacker keeps coming at him, matter of seconds to unload a 10 clip

  • johnny washington

    Your post says it all, no BS needed

  • johnny washington

    I’m related to rational, something that’s missing from this board

  • Buffettgirl

    stalker love…

  • Buffettgirl

    So why do you keep quacking?

  • rohl

    I have always had a strange p.o.v., but I read the article and assumed (you know what they say about assuming) that the officer had several prior complaints and this was the last straw. However, I am crazy, so it’s probably just me.

  • True

    Ten out of twelve, he shouldn’t even have to qualify on the range after that.
    We can’t say what we would or wouldn’t do. I think he was just high on adrenalin when he shot the guy. Wrong place, wrong time. I’m curious about the tox screen of the guy that was shot, or if it could have been a head injury. Either way, 12 shots is way excessive.

  • ultracreep

    I work on a psych unit, so yes, I can unequivocally state that I have handled MANY “crazy motherfuckers” running at me without a gun at all.

  • johnny washington

    home owner calls cops, crazy person trying to break door down
    crazy person starts running at cop, will not stop
    cop tasers him he keeps coming at the cop
    cop pulls gun, crazy person keeps coming
    cop pulls trigger in self defense, gets charged to avoid riots
    Yes if a crazy person is coming at you and taser doesn’t stop him
    pulling out your gun doesn’t stop him
    your only choice is to shoot in self defense
    If the cop had a 45. he would only have needed to shoot once and the attacker would’ve been down
    He probably had a 9mm and thats why he needed 10 shots to drop the crazed attacker

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    This guy must have gone to the Barney Fife police academy.

  • Eliza Berntsen

    Sometimes stalker love is better than no love.

  • Buffettgirl

    It just makes me laugh. I mean really, you’ve got this big a hate on for me yet you can’t confront whatever it is I must have said or done? If that is the case, then I will enjoy pointing and laughing every time you feebly down-vote me… 😉

  • johnny washington

    Yea ex football players like this guy, you must be an amazing physical specimen
    Seems everyone on this board can handle or has single handedly handled
    the most amazing confrantations with just their mouths
    what an amazing bunch you are, if only the rest of the world could be like you amazing posters
    Reality is non of you seem to know anything about physically dealing with an aggressive crazy person and nothing at all about weapons or selfdefense

  • Eliza Berntsen

    You know how when you’re little and a boy hits you adults just say, “Oh, that’s because he likes you”? Well, same shit here 🙂

  • Buffettgirl

    Awww – someone is crushing on me… that’s sweet! 😉

  • Tim Bates

    I never feel bad for asshole cops getting some karmic payback.

  • SillyCynic

    Why? Because he’s black?

    The door he banged on, (on the released 9-1-1 call) says he “tried to come in”…so, some chick is gonna fend off some full size football player that’s top physical condition, at 210lb, on drugs and highly dangerous? …btw she had a baby in a crib, and she didn’t want him to “get her baby!”

    This looks more like racism than anything.

    “Ferrell family attorney Chris Chestnut disagreed, saying he watched a
    video of the shooting recorded by a dash cam on one of the patrol cars.
    Chestnut said the tape shows that Kerrick fired four shots, then paused.
    Moments later, the officer fired six more rounds and paused again
    before firing the last two shots.”


    There were 3 cops…and only one of them was shooting.

    I’m just playing devil’s advocate. It could very well be that he had a severe concussion and had absolutely no clue what was going on. It could also very well be that he is a full blown cop hater…without a criminal history.

  • Well, I’m Muay Thai trained, 5’11” with an amazonian build who spends time at the shooting range and used to live in the hood, so… I happen to know about all of the above, myself.

    I also used to work in criminal justice, and if there’s one thing I know, it’s that cops don’t simply get thrown under the bus in some feeble attempt to avoid civil unrest. This cop got charged because there’s video and for once, a police department didn’t conveniently lose it.

    You also seem to be failing to note that this isn’t some average individual who pumped 10 rounds into an unarmed dude. This is a cop… and individual who has received specific training to handle this situation differently.

  • Wait, what? You’re just playing? This is the most sensible post you’ve made in weeks.

  • Why does it have to be about race? A cop of any color who attempts to pump a full clip into an unarmed individual deserves the highest level of scrutiny we can dole out.

    There’s video. If you’re right, the jury will acquit.

  • fratdawgg23

    Did the North Carolina cop think the victim was trying to cast a vote?

    In all probability, Ferrell was in shock from the car crash. Everybody handles shock-stress differently. A guy in my dorm in college – big guy, lacrosse player, typically calm demeanor – really freaked out when he found out his father had a major heart attack and he was trying to schedule a flight home – adrenaline pumping, but couldn’t verbalize clearly, and grew increasingly frustrated because we didn’t know what he wanted/needed.

    Point is just because Ferrell was a big healthy guy, it is plausible he was frightened and needed a few minutes to chill out, relax – “Hey man, catch your breath, what’s going on tonight?” but instead was likely greeted with staccato commands to “Stop! Get down on your knees right f-kin’ now! Do it NOW!” Then *Bang* x 12 with 10 hits center mass.

  • SillyCynic

    I feel the (white) cop is racist, if it’s any consolation for you.

    The location, being the most [preamble] important, a white cop, and dead (unarmed) black man all in one story kinda biases my opinion.

  • abbys_mom

    The woman was home alone (did I read with her baby?) at 2 in the morning- she opened it because she thought it was her husband and the guy tried to push his way in. Sorry, I don’t care what race someone is, whether they appear injured or not. My first instinct would be to slam the door and call 911, and frankly, my fear would probably be so strong I wouldn’t notice any injuries.

  • abbys_mom

    Actually, burglars do that to determine if anyone is home.

  • Interesting. I actually don’t necessarily believe the cop is racist, location be damned. Your neck of the woods isn’t exactly known for its inclusive nature, you know?

    Nope, I just think the cop is a pansy bitch at best, a bloodlustful sociopath at worst.

    Wait… are you just telling me what you think I want to hear again? Because I feel the need to point out you’d be 0 for 2. 😉

  • fratdawgg23

    Re: Taser failure – if both prongs do not contact the skin, the Taser is ineffective. That’s the typical reason a person “does not respond” to a Taser zap, but the implication is that the person is soo high on drugs or adrenaline that they ignore 50,000 volts.

  • fratdawgg23

    Most likely both of the Taser prongs did not make contact with Ferrell’s skin. When both prongs contact the skin it is hard to believe a person would be able to ignore 50k volts.

  • fratdawgg23

    “He looked at a marijuana one time…”

    Reefer Madness: 2013 LoL

  • SillyCynic

    “Wait… are you just telling me what you think I want to hear again?”


  • fratdawgg23

    I want a wife who will use the peep hole or window before opening the front door to a knock at 0230 hours.

  • fratdawgg23

    One person’s violent pounding is another person’s firm knock. I have had a loud knock at 2 or 3 am only a couple times (both times I dozed off while waiting for girlfriend’s delayed flights) but I still looked out the front window and peep hole to see who was knocking before just blindly openeing the door. The knocks seemed overly loud but my buddies were trying to wake me up since I didn’t answer the phone, sleeping, ughh.

  • fratdawgg23

    My sympathy is for Mr. Ferrell the shooting victim. Two out of three cops did not feel so threatened as to even draw their firearm. Career as a LEO is not for everybody, perhaps Kerrick should choose a career in which he does not have the power to use lethal force.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Assumption is centric to DD’s charm… coupled with acceptance that DD is not a hot bed of mental health (us excluded of course).

  • Scout Kent

    But you knew they didn’t have guns, right? I mean, that would have to make a difference.

  • Scout Kent

    “If the video shows him running with his shirt up, at least one of the hands was visible and not holding a weapon.” Hmm, not sure about that – my ‘natural’ way of yanking up my shirt is thumb on top (visible) and fingers under the shirt (not visible). And of course he has two hands anyway. I have no idea how long it takes to shoot 12 times, or how hard/easy it is to do, so I can’t judge that aspect, but I’ll hold off on thinking he had to know the man was unarmed until more details come out.

  • Scout Kent

    The 911 call is at the original link.

  • Well, I know exactly how long it takes to fire twelve rounds with a police-issued firearm, and it’s not long at all. It’s also not necessary. We’re talking about a black man, yes. An ex-football player, yes. Some folks seem to imagine this equates to The Hulk.

    The fact remains: This man was charged as the result of video. Luckily, most of us don’t lose a family member to a trigger-happy cop. But when the motherfucking police deem one of their own trigger-happy? They’re trigger-happy. I’ve seen dozens of these cases passed over by DAs. This guy fucked up.

  • You with the assumptions, too, Scout? I’m familiar with your posts, and I generally like them, but not when you insinuate fallacies.

    Once upon a time, I was a young (early 20s) white female living in the hood. Now, some who realize I live in Seattle might make the mistake of thinking we don’t have hoods. Drive-bys, SWAT raids, armed robberies, just to name a few… that was my life for four years.

    One day, my younger sister (who lived with me) and I stepped outside the apartment. There was a small wooden and earth terrace up to the parking lot, where we witnessed a large black male slapping the shit out of his girlfriend who was seated in her car. I instinctively yelled for him to back the fuck up. I leapt (fuck you, Chrome, that’s a word) up the terrace ready to defend this woman if need be. He turned and rushed me.

    I had every reason to believe he was armed. I lived in the hood. Odds are, he was dealing. Because he was black? No. Because I lived in the hood, and everyone dealt. We dealt. My Asian Blood neighbors upstairs dealt. My Hispanic neighbors across the alley dealt. It was the hood. People dealt.

    I grabbed a beer bottle off the ground and smashed the bottom off it while yelling for my husband (then boyfriend) to call the police, and I rushed him back. A weird, hood game of chicken. That dude backed down, because nobody in the hood fucks with the crazy white broad. I used to grill with my Freddy Krueger glove on (although I don’t think he knew that).

    He ended up taking off, and this chick he was slapping the shit out of read me the fucking riot act for intervening. But, no, in no situation have I known I was facing an unarmed individual.

    Now, obviously, that’s not police protocol. This isn’t, either. Bottom line.

  • Nice post. Gentle but truth.

  • Well, I still think you’re ridiculous. There’s absolutely no evidence to suggest racism plays a part, here. Location be damned. Like I said…

  • Ohhhhhhhh! …to the first line.

    The rest was brilliant. Seriously.

  • SillyCynic

    Now you’re just telling me what I want to hear.

    “location be damned…”…cool story, bra…personal upbringing, society, and location, contribute to a persons character. It’s in NC, which is south of the Mason-Dixon line, and not exactly known as “PC” or a “culturally diverse area, where racism is out of context.”…as you so sweetly put it: “Your neck of the woods isn’t exactly known for its inclusive nature, you know? “ …as is what I’m implying.

    I could care less to try to change your opinion. Mine suits me, and until some form of facts are released, there are a lot of people that’ll agree with both our sides.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I think more likely someone is chomping on the ice in their 8am martini… and clicking that down vote is not only powerful, but wit-tay in his/her wet little brain.

  • ultracreep

    Not that it will matter to you, but I’m a psychiatric nurse with MANDT training (which enables you to prevent, de-escalate, and sometimes physically intervene when people are threats to themselves or others.) Funny that you mention ex football players. I actually had a highly agitated ex football player for a patient not that long ago as well as many other large men (and women) who were capable of knocking my block off. Many of them come straight from jail. How did I manage to survive without a gun?

  • Lakme Hesse

    Just curious, i’m assuming that she was no where near this man’s size, but how did she manage to get the door closed if he was really trying to push his way in? I am not blaming her. I just wonder if she exaggerated a bit. I’ll bet that he wasn’t exactly calm when he banged on her door and she may have mistaken that to mean he was going to attack her. I would just think that if he wanted to get in, he would have. I can imagine that he was scared out of his mind and very animated trying to get help.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    I’m thinking he needs to spend some time breaking big rocks into tiny rocks. Dealing with people is NOT his forte’.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    I grab the six cell maglite when there are unexpected knocks on the door ANY time, day or night.

    The Schwan’s man is used to it by now.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    When the airbag went off after I totalled my car in July, it knocked my glasses off my face, and I was deaf for a good two minutes. it SUCKED.

  • johnny washington

    Superstars have it all wrong hiring 6’7″ 300lb bodyguards when they could hire the specially trained handle it all super posters on here
    I’ve seen it take 7 cops to wrestle down a huge guy on PCP, when they finally got the cuff on he broke his wrist trying to get out, he then kicked the back window out the cruiser
    But a couple of you special trained on here could’ve handled him easily single handed

  • johnny washington

    NO, not because he’s black you racist, because he was running around acting erratically not as if hurt, but crazy and felt no pain when tased, not to mention the lone car crash. all signs of diminished capacity, this dude was high and dangerous, only a couple of super human, specially trained posters on here could’ve handled him physically (LOL) but to the rest of humanity he was a danger

  • Buffettgirl

    Thanks for that! Wit-tay might just be the funniest thing I’ll read all day! ;P

  • ShelbySP

    Ain’t airbags a bitch? But I hear it’s very common for your brain to put the kiebash on your hearing during a traumatic event so it can focus on more important things.

  • ultracreep

    Seeing as the man probably wasn’t actually attacking the officer, but running to him for help, then yeah, I could have handled him easily “single handed”.

  • SillyCynic

    Yeah I’m a white man that lives in a predominantly white area.

    “The video shows the red laser beams of a Taser on Ferrell’s chest as he
    hitched up his pants and stretched out his arms to show he was unarmed,
    Chestnut told the paper.”

    Unless both taser points connect with skin, and stay in, there’s no shock.

    He may have been shot with the taser and then ran towards them (or even a different direction, we won’t ever know, “He then ran out of the frame, possibly toward Kerrick.” “…possibly toward Kerrick.”

    ““By the time they stop shooting, then they start saying, ‘Get on the
    ground, get on the ground,’” Chestnut said. “He had already been shot.””

    So…he showed aggression, and probably drug usage by ‘stretching his arms to show he was unarmed’…gets tased without a cop saying a thing, then runs at them all because of his car wreck at 230am that the cops knew nothing about at the time?

    The taser doesn’t drop you because it “hurts”…it drops you because the electrical impulse over rides the small shock your brain uses to contract muscles…if it didn’t drop him == it didn’t connect.

  • BubblesinGriffinGA

    Sounds like this cop was not properly trained in the decision making process that leads to deadly force being used. They were given the information that his guy was a possible burglar, so I can understand the officers being apprehensive when he runs toward them, but 12 shots fired? One in the leg would have stopped him, and he would still be here to live the rest of his life.

  • BubblesinGriffinGA

    You suck, Johnny

  • Bolo

    See what happens when ya train for a Zombie uprising?

  • Bolo

    The officer was responding to a woman in distress.
    The woman was undoubtedly shaken, age, lack of others nearby, and several other factors would have caused her to be very highly agitated when she dialed 911.
    After responding to code the officers blood will be hammering in his head, he is going into an unknown field of battle.
    He does not know what he will encounter.
    This shoot may have been too quick on the trigger, but this would be a good “real world scenario”.
    I’d put it in as a module on when to shoot because he might have thought “That’s that old lady’s blood!” and
    “He’s comin right for us “–Southpark

    Tragic situation but it’s never wise to charge a pumped cop and be putting your hands toward your waist, I’d have shot if he’d ignored the “TOO THE GROUND!!!” command that every officer would have given.
    Doubt goes to = the cop made a good, though tragic shot.
    Can we learn from this situation?
    You bet your sweet bippy we can.
    Why didn’t the other officer fire?

  • Bolo

    Amen brotha mang.
    You done said it all Mistah Johnny!
    Laws, you is right when you right!
    Slide me five, I’m flyin this hive!

  • johnny washington

    Their lawyer is from the NAACP of course he only sees racism in the video, never heard of a NAACP lawyer not finding racism, the NAACP finds racism in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny
    only place they don’t find it is in the intimidation race hustlers Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton

  • johnny washington

    Kind’ve like a white hockey team, a black women and Al Sharpton

  • johnny washington

    Kind’ve like a white hockey team, a black women can you say Tawana,
    Al Sharpton and of course the NAACP finding racism
    Turned out Al and the NAACP were the racist

  • johnny washington

    You want racism and truth, can you handle the TRUTH!

  • johnny washington

    All the BS on here reminds me of Lacrosse and Tawana
    every white person that comes in contact with a black individual is racist, till the truth comes out

  • johnny washington

    Dude if it can be twisted you’re all over it
    Pounding is pounding WTF is with you people trying like fucking hell to make the guilty innocent and the innocent guilty
    Maybe he was just whispering not yelling it only seemed like yelling because she has super power hearing, how is that meet your dumb fuck agenda

  • CT

    I’m guessing after reading this thread, I’m guessing it was Johnny Whiteboy that down voted you.

  • Buffettgirl

    Highly possible, but I do have a d-v stalker. I can say something utterly bland like “Oh that poor child.” and get a d-v. It’s all good, it keeps me entertained! 🙂

  • SillyCynic

    Yeah, a black stripper lying about rape, is totally comparable to a dead man that was shot (at) 12 times from a panicked cop.

    Opinions are just that. Opinions…they’re based on perceptions, which I spelled my own out. You disagree, cool story.

    I’m not jumping up and down demanding a white cop be charged with a racially motivated murder, because I realize my opinion…or ‘perception’ could be incorrect…something you should try, instead of trying your damnedest to convince me that Al Sharpton is a racist, and that a black man that was murdered had to be highly dangerous AND on drugs…

    I’m going to give the unarmed, car-wreck injured, dead man the benefit of the doubt long before I give that to a guy that blew off 12 rounds in under 15 feet (83.3% accuracy while ‘fearing’ for his life…hot damn! that’s almost Jason Statham in “Safe” accurate!) in quick succession into said dead man.

  • johnny washington

    This is real life NOT Television, cops shoot for the body, largest target

  • Andyman

    Woot! Charmeck! Way to represent the DD! 🙂 All kidding aside I thought morbid summed it up rather well with this bit: “Everyone knows not to run at cops who have their weapons drawn on you, no matter what color you are.”

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Well, that is interesting.

  • Scout Kent

    My reply about knowing they didn’t have guns was to ultracreep, in regards to dealing with people on a psych unit. Your (above) post didn’t say anything about you facing down people, so it wouldn’t make sense for me to reply that you obviously knew they were unarmed.

    That patients in pysch wards are not armed with guns is a reasonable assumption, and I was merely stating that it cannot be compared to an unknown person coming at you on the street.

  • Scout Kent
  • Deus Absconditus

    He didn’t have to shoot him. They have many ways to stop people, Shooting should be the last one considered.

  • Emily Clocke

    Ferrel was probably dazed from the car accident, which is doubly sad. He was probably just looking for help, but was killed instead.

  • lindsay792001

    “Farrell’s family members said that police never gave him any commands to stop”. This sentence tap-danced on my nerves. At what point could they have possibly known?