Kerrick is scheduled to make his first court appearance at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Charlotte, according to the district attorney’s office. He was released from jail Saturday after posting $50,000 bond.
Georgia Ferrell, clutching a yellow Winnie the Pooh bear that she said belonged to Jonathan when he was a child, said her faith in God has allowed her to forgive the person who shot her son.
“I forgive him,” she said. “I just hope he gets off the force.”
She added, “He took a piece out of my heart that can never be put back. A piece of me is gone.”
Matter of race?
Chestnut also said he wonders about the possible role of race in the shooting.
“The officer is white, Mr. Ferrell is black,” he said. “This might be more of a reflection of where we are as a country.”
But he added later, “Before rushing to assign race to this event, we should deal with the issue of violence in this country. That might be the real issue here.”
Chestnut said the family has not decided if it will sue the police department, adding, “We’re planning to get answers. If that requires a lawsuit, then we will.”
City Manager Ron Carlee told the Observer on Monday that charging Kerrick “was not a rush to judgment. We have complete confidence in our officers that are on the street everyday.”
Ultimately the department decided Kerrick “did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon,” according to a police statement.
Chestnut said he and the family are appreciative of how quickly prosecutors brought charges against Kerrick. “We applaud the chief,” he said, adding, “This is unprecedented, moving so fast.”
But Chestnut, a high-profile Florida-based attorney, said he and the family have questions about police training procedures.
“And we want to know how this man got a badge, how he got on the force,” he said.
Carlee said Monday that the city and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police will look at training procedures.
“Any time you have a public safety incident like this, involving police or the fire department, you look at your practices and training. But I’m not seeing anything that I would describe as systemic.”
“My heart goes out to Mr. Ferrell’s family,” Carlee said. “But also to the officer. There’s no evidence that there was any malice.”
Stranded after wreck
Ferrell moved to Charlotte in February after a stint at FAMU where he played safety on the school’s football team. He worked two jobs, one at Best Buy and another at Dillard’s department store.
Police said he drove a black Toyota Camry down a street that leads to the community’s pool, clubhouse and tennis courts. But the car crashed into an embankment about 2 a.m., police said. Investigators said they found no indication of alcohol use, but are waiting for toxicology tests.
Ferrell apparently climbed out of the back window of his mangled car, police said. It was unclear whether he was injured, but he walked to a house just visible over the crest of a hill, about a quarter-mile away.
He started “banging on the door viciously,” according to Monroe.
The woman who lives there at first thought the man knocking on the door was her husband, coming home late from work. But police said when she saw Ferrell, she thought he was a robber. She dialed 911, asking for officers to come to her home in the 7500 block of Reedy Creek Road.