It was seven years ago that 24-yr-old Jonathan Ferrell – a Black former Florida A&M University football player – was shot and killed by a White police officer. It happened in an upscale neighborhood – Bradfield Farms- where Ferrell had just given a co-worker a ride home and crashed his car.
When Ferrell went to a home and knocked on the door, the resident called the police. Three police officers arrived and reportedly Ferrell ran towards them. It was CMPD officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick who then opened fire on Ferrell, shooting him 12 times and killing him.
Kerrick was charged with involuntary manslaughter, but not convicted.
So what’s next? I caught up with a nonprofit organization – Seeking Justice CLT – that fights for social justice for those in need. Kass Ottley, who spearheads the group, is hosting a tribute to Jonathan Ferrell 7pm today (September 14) in Marshall Park. It is open to the public. Masks are required.