Crime and Victimzation

Crime and Victimization
Week 4 Assignment One
Karen Bridges
Professor Richard Foy
CRJ-100 – Introduction to Criminal Justice
February 3, 2014

The scenario that I chose from Dr. Carla’s O’Donnell’s discussion was the following: The police are called to the corner of Pine St and 32nd Avenue, where Malcolm LaBelle is clearly in a drug-induced delirium. He has stripped down to his underwear, claiming that he has a fever. Two employees of a café nearby attempt to restrain him, but he throws them off and lunges at the officers as they arrive, clawing and biting at them.   The correct response was to: Warn him verbally with the potential use of deadly force if he does not cease; if he continues, shoot to disable him.  
One case came to mind, that recently occurred in my state just a few months ago.  A grand jury has indicted a Charlotte police officer (Kerrick) for voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed former Florida A&M football player (Ferrell). The indictment was handed down after a judge ruled the North Carolina Attorney General's office could resubmit the case to a grand jury.
Investigators say Randall Kerrick shot 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell on Sept. 14 as Ferrell looked for help after a car crash. Police say that Ferrell wrecked his car and went to a nearby house and banged on the door, apparently for help. The resident called police, and three officers responded. Investigators say Kerrick fired 12 shots, 10 of which hit Ferrell. Kerrick was the only officer who fired his gun. Earlier that week, a Mecklenburg County grand jury refused to indict the 27-year-old Kerrick, a former animal control officer, on a voluntary manslaughter charge. Attorney General Roy Cooper decided to send the case to another grand jury because the first grand jury was missing four members. The voluntary manslaughter charge carries a prison sentence of up to 11 years.
The Ferrell's family has filed a lawsuit against Kerrick and police Chief in Mecklenburg...