To Serve and Protect…and Kill

Randall Kerrick: killer. Jonathan Ferrell: killed

Jonathan Ferrell survived a crash that totaled his car.  He did not survive a fatal encounter with a scared cop.

The phrase “trigger-happy” is not one to be casually applied. Here it seems completely right.    If Office Randall Kerrick was afraid of Jonathan Ferrell he had no business being a police officer.

Ferrell’s size (he was a former football player) doesn’t mean Kerrick had to pull his gun and fire…
…and fire
…and fire
…and fire
…and fire
…and fire
…and fire
…and fire
…and fire
…and fire
…and fire
…and fire.

You get my point?

Kerrick fired 12 shots. Ferrell was hit with 10 bullets.

Do the math.

12 shots. Ten hits.

Jonathan Ferrell's family wants justice for him.

Jonathan Ferrell’s family wants justice for him.

That’s not stopping a man.  That is massacring a man.

Just how dead did Ferrell have to be before Kerrick felt safe?

Officer Randall Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter. His lawyers were in court Tuesday for a first appearance on the charge. Kerrick, 27, did not attend. The judge scheduled an Oct. 7 probable cause hearing for Kerrick.

After the hearing, defense attorney Michael Greene declined to take questions but said of Kerrick: “His actions were justified on the night in question.”

Kerrick joined the police force after working as an animal control officer.

Animal control officer.”

That’s a nice euphemism for a dog-catcher.

That had to be a step up in prestige for Officer Kerrick. Going from hunting down runaway poodles to gunning down accident victims.

What happened to Jonathan Ferrell was a gross overreaction and is indefensible.   Kerrick had no business being given a gun and a badge.  This is why the toxicology results will be extremely important in determining what Ferrell’s state of mind was. Unless Ferrell was drunk or high, I can’t see any way to categorize his death as anything but an outrageous example of incompetence and police brutality.

But I wouldn’t be surprised to see his killer walk free and be back on the beat. Disgusted? Yes. Surprised? No.

I would like to be able to tell my son he has nothing to fear from the police. Then I remember he is a tall, big young man and somebody might consider that to mean he’s scary and potentially dangerous. Psst…and he’s Black.

I’d be a damn fool to tell my son he nothing to fear from the police.    Blacks killed by other Blacks seem to be only ones that end up being punished.

Georgia Ferrell,  Jonathan’s mother told CBS News she forgave Kerrick.

“I do forgive him,” Georgia Ferrell says. “I so forgive him, but I do want justice.”

I hope she gets justice.  I have serious doubts she will.

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6 thoughts on “To Serve and Protect…and Kill

  1. “I’d be a damn fool to tell my son he nothing to fear from the police. Blacks killed by other Blacks seem to be only ones that end up being punished.” This will be the case for so many black families, we have reverted to the 1950s. They are killing and silencing us in numerous ways, even our leaders, it just has jargon and politic attached now.

    There seriously need to be a new crop of activists raising their voices and fighting this trend in the most visible way. But in the meantime, our people need to wake the hell up.

    (Chicago this week.)

  2. Honestly, I don’t understand how he is getting ‘voluntary manslaughter’. It was cold blooded killing. 12 shots…. that is just insane. He is a murderer, and never should have had a gun. But he is white, and Ferrell was black, so there won’t be justice, and there will likely hardly be any consequences. Jonathon Ferrell, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant… where is the justice?

    “Then I remember he is a tall, big young man and somebody might consider that to mean he’s scary and potentially dangerous. Psst…and he’s Black.”

    The irony is that because he is tall and black HE should be afraid for his life. Clearly black men are NOT SAFE in America. Glad to see we’ve come so far….

  3. Personally I don’t think the toxicology results should have any effect on how this is situation is viewed because the evidence that the POLICE THEMSELVES (hard to believe) even points to the fact that Ferrell was unarmed and tried to let the cops know he was unarmed. We know he was badly hurt, so it’s pretty obvious he was seeking help. And when the cops saw him he wasn’t even at the woman’s front door any more, so whether he was sober, drunk, high, whatever… he was still tasered and murdered by Officer Kerrick who shot at him not once, but TWELVE times and put TEN bullet-holes in him. If Ferrell was at all “aggressive” before the shots were fired it’s because these sons of bitches were Tasering him and deserved to get their asses whooped.

  4. I have to agree with Caleb on this one, the toxicology report should have not one single thing to do with this outcome. For the love of everything, this ignorant fool fired twelve times at an unarmed, injured accident victim who was trying to get help. First he was turned away by the woman in the house, then he was killed by the police.

    “To protect and serve”, what a crock of BS.

  5. Pingback: Traffic Collision vs. Death by Police Gunfire: which threat is on the rise? (the tragic end of Jonathan Ferrell) « United States Hypocrisy

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