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WFAE's coverage of the case of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of Jonathan Ferrell. The court case ended in a mistrial.

Kerrick Resigns

CMPD officer Randall Kerrick resigned, effective Oct. 2,  and will receive more than $100,000 as part of his separation agreement. Kerrick was suspended from the force after fatally shooting an unarmed African-American man two years ago. His trial ended in a hung jury. 

City officials agreed to accept Kerrick’s resignation in a closed session meeting and pay him nearly $113,000. $98,000 of that amount is for back pay from the time Kerrick was suspended  the day after the shooting, through his official resignation date. An additional $50,000 will go to the attorney who defended Kerrick’s civil lawsuit.

That case ended with the family of Jonathan Ferrell, the young man Kerrick fatally shot 10 times, receiving $2.25  million from the city. The city did not pay any of Kerrick’s criminal trial attorney fees. The total cost to the city is nearly $180,000 when required social security and retirement fees are added in.

City attorney Bob Hagemann said had Kerrick’s status with CMPD ended up in court, the city would likely have had to the pay the costs included in the separation agreement. He said the agreement releases the city from any future legal claims.

Kerrick’s lengthy trial often divided the city along racial lines. When the 8 to 4 hung jury verdict was reached, there were protests throughout the city. The state attorney general’s office decided against retrying the case, saying they did not believe a different verdict could be reached. 

Gwendolyn is an award-winning journalist who has covered a broad range of stories on the local and national levels. Her experience includes producing on-air reports for National Public Radio and she worked full-time as a producer for NPR’s All Things Considered news program for five years. She worked for several years as an on-air contract reporter for CNN in Atlanta and worked in print as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, The Washington Post and covered Congress and various federal agencies for the Daily Environment Report and Real Estate Finance Today. Glenn has won awards for her reports from the Maryland-DC-Delaware Press Association, SNA and the first-place radio award from the National Association of Black Journalists.