grand jury has decided not to bring charges against the police office with the death of Jonathan Ferrell. 

Ferrell, who was 24 at the time of his death, was shot ten times by Officer Randall Kerrick. Ferrell was unarmed. Although Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, where Kerrick works, deemed his response to be “excessive,” the grand jury has decided not to indict him.

From NBC News:

In a handwritten note, Mecklenburg County grand jurors said there wasn’t enough evidence to indict Officer Randall Kerrick, 28, for voluntary manslaughter and asked the state attorney general’s to refile the case with lesser charges. But prosecutors immediately said they would resubmit the case after they learned that not all of the grand jurors were present for the decision. They didn’t specify whether they would stick to the original voluntary manslaughter charge or would seek lesser charges.

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No immediate explanation is known for why the grand jury voted with fewer than 18 members was offered. Only 12 members must agree in order for a decision to be made.


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