Activists in Charlotte renewed their call Sunday for city leaders to release dashboard camera footage in the case of an unarmed man killed by police in 2013.
The “Release the Dash Cam” rally at a church in NoDa was organized by John Barnett, founder of the True Healing Under God (T.H.U.G.) civil rights organization, and was attended by about 100 people. Barnett also called for a “cease-fire” on officer-involved shootings.
“We’re just reminding the city of Charlotte that we’re not going nowhere,” Barnett said.
Barnett and others have been calling for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to release the video in the Jonathan Ferrell shooting case. Ferrell had been in a car crash in eastern Mecklenburg in September 2013 and knocked on a woman’s door seeking help.
The woman thought Ferrell was a robber and called police. Randall Kerrick, one of the responding officers, shot Ferrell 10 times. Ferrell was black and Kerrick is white, and the case has taken on racial overtones.
Some critics also have said the case is an example of excessive use of force by police.
Among the attendees at Sunday’s rally were a dozen family members of Janisha Fonville, 20, who was shot and killed by Officer Anthony Holzhauer last month. Police say Fonville was armed with a kitchen knife and lunged at them. It was the second time Holzhauer shot and killed someone in the line of duty.
“Janisha was a great girl,” Fonville’s cousin, Paris Bey, told the crowd. “She was taken from us wrongly. She didn’t have a choice. … I want everybody to know that we’re not giving up on the cause for Janisha. This could happen to any of us. We want it to stop.”
Barnett told the crowd the city should fire Kerrick and Holzhauer, and be more transparent about what happened in the killings.
“You’ve got to keep hitting the city of Charlotte to release this dash cam,” Barnett told the crowd. “You’ve got to keep hitting to get justice for Janisha.”