Family of Unarmed Man Shot to Death by Police Files Civil Suit

The family of Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player, is seeking damages for his death after he was shot and killed by police.


The family of former Florida A&M football player Jonathan Ferrell, who was unarmed when he was fatally shot last year by police in Charlotte, N.C., has filed a civil lawsuit against several parties they believe were involved in his death, CNN reports.

According to the complaint filed by Ferrell’s mother, which was viewed by CNN, the family has named Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe and the shooter, Officer Randall Kerrick, in the lawsuit.

“I don’t know if it will bring peace, but I hope and pray that (in) doing this … that they get the proper training,” Georgia Ferrell, Jonathan’s mother, said at a news conference, CNN reports.

According to the lawsuit, it was an early morning in September 2013 when 24-year-old Ferrell (who police would later report had been in a very serious car accident) was looking for help.

A woman saw Ferrell and thought it was her husband approaching.

“To her surprise, it was an individual that she did not know or recognize,” Monroe told WBTV. “She immediately closed the door, hit her panic alarm, called 911.”

She was home alone with her 1-year-old child and reported that someone was trying to break into her home.

The woman told police Ferrell was “yelling for her to turn her alarm off.” According to the lawsuit it was never reported that Ferrell harmed her, made threatening statements, brandished a weapon or stole or vandalized her property. Police were dispatched, and Ferrell left, headed back into the night to seek assistance elsewhere, CNN reports.