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Community members sign letter asking for retrial in Kerrick case

John Barnett, a civil rights activist, will host a justice rally Sunday in response to the mistrial that was declared Friday. (Source:WBTV} John Barnett, a civil rights activist, will host a justice rally Sunday in response to the mistrial that was declared Friday. (Source:WBTV}
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

John Barnett, a civil rights activist, hosted a justice rally Sunday in response to the mistrial declared Friday in the case of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall "Wes" Kerrick.

The event was held at the Redemption Christian Ministry in Charlotte. 

Barnett said he has drafted a letter to be sent to the North Carolina Department of Justice asking for a new trial in the Kerrick case. Several community members signed the letter Sunday.

Kerrick was on trial for voluntary manslaughter in the death of Jonathan Ferrell, who he shot and killed in September 2013. The state argued that Kerrick used excessive force in the incident, the defense argued that it was self-defense.

"Four jurors said that he should go to jail- that he's guilty, so we're building this particular justice rally off the momentum of those four jurors," said Barnett.

Barnett and others spoke Sunday about the need for a new trial and the social problems that they believe still exist in the area.

"We can talk about the Bobcats. We can talk about the Charlotte Knights. But people still don't want to talk about race and that's an issue that we have not only in this country but in Charlotte, North Carolina," said Barnett.

Barnett said that he and others will take a trip the Washington D.C. on October 10 to further advocate for civil rights.

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