Officer Randall Kerrick of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department has officially resigned from the force, two years after shooting an unarmed former college football player to death.
Kerrick shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell in September 2013 after the former Florida A&M football player was seeking help after running his car off the road.
Kerrick’s court case was declared a mistrial when the jury was deadlocked 8-4. Upon that, the North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, the state’s top prosecutor, made the decision not to re-try the case, thus freeing Kerrick of any criminal past.
The move also prompted Kerrick to seek backpay.
On October 8th the city met with Kerrick along with his attorney George Laughrun to finalize the resignation.
As part of the separation agreement, Kerrick will receive $112,935.98 in two years worth of back pay from the police department.
According to City Attorney Robert Hagemann, with the outcome of the criminal proceedings, the city would likely be found liable for the expenses covered in the separation agreement if the matter was litigated. The agreement also releases the city from future liability and ends Kerrick’s employment with CMPD.
In addition to the $112,935.98, Kerrick will be compensated $8,181.05 for his retirement and $8,191.76 for his social security; all of which is legally required.
An additional $50,630.80 will go to his civil defense attorney Robert D. McDonnell. McDonnell represented Kerrick in the civil suit brought by the Ferrell family.
The total expense amounts to $179, 989.59. Kerrick’s criminal defense was paid for by the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police.
The resignation agreement prevents Kerrick from taking any future legal action against the city of Charlotte or CMPD regarding this matter.
Upon the resignation agreement CMPD released the following statement:
“CMPD remains deeply committed to a review of its policies and training related to the use of force. CMPD will also conduct an internal review of the shooting of Ferrell, as it does for all officer involved shootings. Often those reviews lead to more refined police policies and training.
CMPD also remains committed to increased emphasis on community and police relations. The Cops and Barber dialogues and other community outreach efforts remain a high priority for developing a greater understanding between members of the community and the police that serve them.”
Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter said “the resolution allows CMPD and the Charlotte community to move forward in the healing process and continue our work together on open, candid and wide-ranging community dialogue about community and police relations.”