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WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Needless Tragedy


"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.

To the general public, little is certain regarding the death of Jonathan Ferrell.

Mr. Farrell was the unarmed man shot and killed by CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick during the wee hours of the morning September 14th.

We don't know if Officer Kerrick is guilty of any crime – a court of law will determine that – but the tragic circumstances surrounding the incident raise many questions.

On the one hand, it appears as if Chief Rodney Monroe is handling the situation pro-actively.

The speed with which Kerrick was charged is notable and thus far, the city has remained peaceful.  

But on the other hand, the piecemeal nature in which Monroe has allowed information to dribble out is concerning.

While attorneys on both sides have already fired volleys through the media, in fairness to everyone, Monroe should either release video of the incident or keep quiet.

The few facts we do know also raise questions about how well cadets are trained to handle split-second, life or death situations.

Just 24 years old and with only three years on the job, Kerrick fired his weapon twelve times, which Monroe called "excessive."

Considering similar incidents elsewhere, the calm here is commendable and much credit for that should be directed toward Ferrell's grieving mother, who immediately offered Kerrick forgiveness.

We can only hope and pray no other mother should have to do the same again.

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