This is Jonathan Ferrell. He was in a car accident at 2:30 in the morning on Saturday. It was pretty bad, he was forced to climb out of the back window of his car to get out. He ran to the nearest home and knocked on the door. The woman who owned the home called the police. The police arrived and saw Jonathan nearby. Jonathan ran to them, unarmed. He was probably so happy to see someone that could help him. The police shot and killed him after they tazed him.
Jonathan was 24-years-old and a football player at Florida A&M University. He had just gotten engaged. His friends described him as a loving, peaceful man with a bright future.
The cop who shot him has now had voluntary manslaughter. We have to make sure that the cop, Randall Kerrick, does not get away with this. In most cases like this, the cop gets no jail time and no sentence, and in many cases, they’re let back onto the force afterwards.
Jonathan was a good man with a clean record. He wasn’t known as being aggressive or violent. This should not have happened.
This story is tragic and people need to made aware of it. Please read/watch the CNN Justice story on it.
Also, please note that when Jonathan knocked on the door of the first house he saw in order to ask for help, a woman came to the door and when she saw him, she shut the door, hit her panic alarm and called the police on ~him. The police were out looking for a “suspect” because in America black men can’t even knock on doors to ask their fellow citizens for help without being assumed dangerous criminals.
When the police arrived and Jonathan ran to them for help, one police officer tried to use his stun gun, but when it malfunctioned, another officer opened fire on Jonathan and killed him - he shot him several times. No warning shot. He shot to kill. Jonathan was UNARMED and ASKING FOR HELP from the POLICE. The deep seated, racist belief that black men are criminal and aggressive and violent is so pervasive that they cannot even go to their neighbors or the police for help because they are never seen as victims or people in need of help — they are always the assailant, the suspect, the criminal. This is not the first time an unarmed black man has been assumed criminal and killed.
And if you doubt the prevalence of this stereotype and its use as justification for murder of innocent black men, ask yourself why the OP, who clearly cares about this issue and wants justice for Jonathan, felt the need to state that Jonathan “wasn’t known as being aggressive or violent.” No such disclaimer would be needed if Jonathan were white…but if Jonathan were white, he’d likely still be alive.
Such racism are still happening. . =’(