Civil rights leaders rally as grand jury reconsiders officer indictment

Civil rights leaders rally as grand jury reconsiders officer indictment

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on January 23, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 24 at 12:33 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Civil rights leaders are demanding justice for a former college football star who was shot and killed by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer.

The room was full, emotions high, intentions clear as hundreds gathered at Next Level Ministries in north Charlotte.

Calling this a rally for Jonathan Ferrell, civil rights leaders encouraged people in the audience to make sure their anger is obvious.

The president of Charlotte's NAACP, Kojo Nantambu, asked that as many people as possible show up to court Monday when a second grand jury considers indicting CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick on voluntary manslaughter charges after he shot and killed an unarmed Jonathan Ferrell, who was mistaken for a burglar back in September.

“Everybody should be there. We should have such an outpouring that nobody goes to work, school, everybody should be down there chanting, raising their voices for justice.”

A grand jury this week chose not to indict, and people in the room Thursday night say the former FAMU football star deserves better.

“Something is wrong when a man can be shot 12 times and nothing happens. Something is wrong in this country,” Nantambu said.

“What happened to Jonathan Ferrell and in that grand jury room was an atrocious and diabolical act of evil,” he added.

The civil rights leaders who took part in the rally say they'll hold rallies every week until they get justice for Jonathan Ferrell.
 

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