Former Florida A&M Football Player Killed by Police After Asking for Help

By Connor Muldowney
Jonathan Ferrell
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In recent tragic news, former Florida A&M football player, Jonathan Ferrell, was shot and killed by police Saturday morning in Charlotte, N.C., in apparent excessive manner. Apparently, the 24-year-old former football player was trying to get help following a car accident when police shot and killed him — he was unarmed.

Officer Randall Kerrick has been charged with voluntary manslaughter when he turned himself in. He was released on $50,000 bond.

Police claimed that the 24-year-old “charged” at them when they approached him, one officer opened fire and missed and Kerrick fired and had a direct hit. It’s a pretty unfortunate event to happen seeing as Ferrell was unarmed and posed little to no threat to the officers. Charlotte police released a statement Saturday night:

The evidence revealed that Mr. Ferrell did advance on Officer Kerrick and the investigation showed that the subsequent shooting of Mr. Ferrell was excessive. Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter.

This has to be tragic news for everyone around the country trying to move forward as a society. Police wrongfully firing on an unarmed man apparently looking for help after an apparent car accident.

Police came to the scene when they received a call that a man was knocking repeatedly on the door of a house and the homeowner gave a description that matched Ferrell’s. Police later found Ferrell’s car smashed up after an apparent accident and that’s when they realized that the killing of the unarmed man was a wrongful disaster.

Here’s a picture of Ferrell:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ferrell’s family and fiance. He was set to turn 25 next month.

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