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Victim’s mother to speak at NAACP rally as Kerrick trial begins

Georgia Ferrell and her son Willie Ferrell talk about the 2013 shooting death of her son Jonathan Ferrell by a CMPD officer.
Georgia Ferrell and her son Willie Ferrell talk about the 2013 shooting death of her son Jonathan Ferrell by a CMPD officer. jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com

Georgia Ferrell, whose son Jonathan Ferrell was shot to death by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, will speak at a forum on police accountability Monday as Officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick goes on trial.

Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of Jonathan Ferrell, 24. Ferrell had crashed his car after 2 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2013, and was apparently seeking help at a house. Ferrell was shot 10 times after police responded to a report of a possible home invasion. Ferrell was black and Kerrick is white.

Jury selection is scheduled to start Monday. At 6:30 p.m., the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP will hold a forum titled “How Do We Heal?” at Little Rock AME Zion Church, 410 N. McDowell St.

A flier posted on social media Friday described the session as a forum on “race, police accountability and how to heal the Charlotte community during and after the Randall Kerrick trial.” Other speakers include NAACP branch President Corine Mack, Sarah Preston of the N.C. ACLU, state Rep. Rodney Moore and “millennial organizer” Marcelle Vielot.

Ann Doss Helms

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