Tragic News: Man Killed By Police After Running To Them For Help

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September 15, 2013 ‐ By Drenna Armstrong
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In absolutely heartbreaking news,  Jonathan Ferrell, a young man from North Carolina, was killed by the police while running to them for help.

This tragedy began after a woman called the police because  a man she did not recognize was repeatedly ringing her bell.  When she realized the man was not her husband (she assumed it would have been him), she called the cops. A police statement said the man stayed outside of her home in an attempt to gain her attention for a reason unknown in the moment.

They now know that man was 24 year old Jonathan Ferrell and he was knocking on the woman’s door because he was trying to get help after being in a serious car accident, according to WPTV. This was apparently the closest home to the accident.

When police got close to the scene, it is believed that Ferrell ran towards them to get help. However, one officer used his stun gun and missed and another officer, Randall Kerrick, pulled out his gun and fired at Ferrell. He was shot several times and died on the scene.

Officer Kerrick has been charged with voluntary manslaughter meaning he used excessive force in self-defense, or carried out the act without intent to kill. The initial police statement also used words like “charged” and “Advanced” to describe how Ferrell reacted to seeing them. However, he had no gun and there was seemingly no reason to believe he was going to cause any harm. A statement released later in the day said that Kerrick “did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter.”

Kerrick turned himself in on Saturday and was held on $500,000 bond. He, along with the other two officers on the scene, are on paid leave.

What a sad tragedy that also leaves you enraged. A man who was looking to receive help from the police was ultimately killed by them.

Jonathan Ferrell attended Florida A&M University and was engaged to be married.

Our condolences and prayers go out to his family and friends.

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  • Random

    This is a tragedy. An innocent man was shot, when he was searching for help. The police officer made a huge mistake; however, I don’t believe the police officer was was being racist; it was just a bad situation. A woman gave the police a description of man she thought was trying to break into her house and when he advanced towards them, they overreacted in a horrible way. I feel that the officer who shot the man shouldhave been charged with murder though. Just because you’re a police officer and you feel “threatened” that doesn’t give you the right to shoot someone. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

  • Me

    The biggest problem facing black people is black people.

  • Michael Brown

    What happened was terrible, but it’s pretty despicable with all the racist comments towards white people on here. Don’t forget a civil war was fought in this country over slavery. Black people have no right to blame white society for all their problems. Yes, black people in general have it tougher in this country than white people, but by no means am I responsible for your problems so don’t go blaming me as a white person for everything wrong in your lives.

  • Me

    Witnesses say he was drinking heavily and smoking pot before the accident.

  • fuzzydred

    He was actually a Floridian who had recently moved to North Carolina. He was born and raised in Tallahassee, FL. and a very nice young man who came from a good, loving, and caring home. I really this happened to him and his family. Such a great guy.

    • Me

      Witnesses say he was drinking and smoking pot before the accident. Nice guy.

  • Me

    Single car accident 2:30 am; taser has no effect; seems likely Ferrell was on something.

    Get a very good lawyer officer.

  • Me

    This is an unnecessary arrest.

    1). Suspect charged officer.

    2). Suspect HAD to have disobeyed lawful order to stop. (Taser utilized)

    3). Officer retreated and attempted to take cover.

    4). Taser failed. (Shows escalation of force).

    5). Officer defends personal space and maintains his own firearm security.

    This “arrest” was initiated vs. a white officer by the black chief to appease the black community BEFORE they got “angry”.

    News Flash, Chief: The Black Community is “ALWAYS” angry…at the white police.

    When they blast away at each other at street corner BBQ’s, block parties, and funerals…NO PROBLEM. They’re just expressing their culture, right?

    • sha

      BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….dont you even have a cat, one friend, or even cable to watch Rush Limbaugh?! How about a straight razor or some pillls to just end all this misery?!!
      LMAO…instead, You take precious time out of your life to devote it to uplifting an entire race via Internet commenting. You my dear sir or madame are a GEM!!! And I am proud to give inspiration for you to keep on living to make this world a better place.
      Oh, you are welcome!!

      • Me

        Stupid negress.

  • Name

    I have yet to read anywhere that he was on drugs.

  • garland

    bond was 50,000

  • Sha

    ** officers actions – **

  • Sha

    What is even more sickening and offending was seeing our African American police chief Rodney Monroe defend this offers actions – as he always does. Now you talk about a stomach turner – that was too much for me this morning, so much so I can barely here this story anymore because it seems its ok to randomly take a black man’s life as long as there is a law to justify the action!! Not that this was racial but profiling definatley played a part. The poor man may have been in shock. May God bless and keep his family!

    • Me

      When the police tell you to stop, you stop. This man ran toward the police even after he was tasered. There is more to this story. I guarantee it. In the meantime, why do you think the chief should make decisions based on the color of his skin and not what he knows to be right?

      • Sha

        AGAIN, he could have been in shock. Have you seen the pictures of his car? I live here.
        Damn, Exactly why are you on this site at all. Just want to see what the other half is doing so you can be a Comment Thug and then be scared to death to talk to the black woman/man in your neighborhood, on the bus, on the train, on the street, or even in the cubicle next to you?!!! Because we are everywhere. (ooops, I heard your skin cringe..LMAO!!!) Or are you not a black American?
        The police chief being black should have some care as to how this will affect his community and take care in handling this and any other police shooting regardless of race. He backs his officers regardless so stop trying to make a racial issue out of what may not be – I live here.
        Find a country that we are not in and go there quickly OR kill yourself first, either way you are of no good to anyone around you with that type of attitude.
        Take care or not, you have no good purpose here!!

        • ThoughtsNsuch

          Silly people always try to make mountains out of ant hills, screw mole hills they try to stir up drama any and everywhere. Don’t waste your keystrokes on that troll.

          I think we can all agree to this fact, a life was lost he had a child is what it appears to be hinting at from that picture that is sad. I feel for his family and the family of the officer. Because even though the officer’s family had nothing to do with the situation, their names and them as people will be paraded and volleyed by ignorant people all throughout the media and social media.

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  • Shuji Iwasaki

    It’s too late to regret after one of innocent people died. Easier said than done, but gun controlling somewhat needs to be fixed.

  • Me

    A police officer shot a black male running at him and three black “teens” shot a white man jogging. See the difference?

    • curious

      How much are being paid to troll websites and make incendiary remarks? Do you get paid by the word or by the whole text message?

    • Turtles Run

      Yes one incident involved criminal behavior and the other involved a man being shot for seeking assistance from those that are there to provide it. Huge difference.

      • Me

        Actually, the man who was shot was running at police and refused orders to stop. He was committing a felony.

  • SenileDavid

    This is downright sad

  • Me

    LOL! The individuals responding here only care about ONE thing…that the dead man is black and he was killed by a white man. Nonetheless, I wonder what they would do if they were called to the scene of an agitated man hammering someone’s door at 2:30 am and then the man charged them in defiance of police orders?
    He was a on drugs and a danger to society…that is why he wrecked his car. Drugs were found at the scene and in his bloodstream.

  • Ladylove223

    I remember being placed in a similar situation some years back. It was after midnight and I was home alone with our newborn. Someone knocked on the door, which startled and terrified me at the same time since I was not expecting anyone. I we to look out of the peephole and saw that it was a man. I waited a few mins, hoping that he would go away. He stopped knocking for a few mins and then started back again. We lived in the same apartment for over 3 years so it was alarming for some strange man to randomly pick my door to knock on that time of morning, so I did what any other scared woman would do and called the cops!

    I said all of that to say that it’s so easy to say your “should’ve, would’ve, could’ve” unless you’re in that situation. You all should be ashamed for attacking this lady’s character and putting blood on her hands. The officer who pulled the trigger is the only one who should be held accountable. This lady did nothing wrong!

  • bikes2flight

    I have said it time and time again officers need character evaluations by trained psychologist and sociologist before getting hired to do that job. Why not take the extra steps if someone has a lethal job. Then they need some serious training how to handle themselves during stressful situations with other cultures and medical diagnosis. Because the current training is not working. But it is hard to ask our officers to stop seeing in colors when our society continues too. We have to change as a unit people.
    Prayers out to this family and may he rest in peace.

    • Me

      The pollce live in the real world and they are well aware of the high crime statistics of black males aged 16-26. Why don’t you sit back and wait for all the details, bigot?

      • bikes2flight

        You speak and think on a micro-level. I speak and think on a macro-level so this is just one of many situations I am speaking on. Please go back and have a seat at the folding card table. Grown folk having a conversation here.

        • Me

          So, tell me why blacks are failures on a macro level, little guy?

  • provokethought

    This is not our home……..it is not safe for us here. Where do we go from here? Who is there to help us and our men…it is NOT hunting season on black boys and black men!

    • Me

      They kill each other. They do it in Africa too…

      • provokethought

        Somehow I can’t accept that there is not a place for us where we are NOT the target and the subject of suspicion all of the time. I was thinking more along the lines of demanding political action beyond Al Sharpton (no disrespect). This is just ridiculous every other day you hear how an unarmed black male was gunned down. We have not progressed too far from the 60′s or maybe with the 24 hour media it is just reported more. Either way we have to demand justice in each and every one of these cases as all of our boys and mens lives matter…..

        • Me

          Tell your brothers to behave. Stop making excuses for criminals.

  • Ariola Barbados

    Tell me again that Whites in this country are not evil and farked up! Sick Mofos. Sick. Had he been a White man or White woman, they wouldn’t have shot him. These sick people make me want to hate!

  • Connie

    Seems like we need to BE protected FROM the police, from everything I have been seeing going on in America! Never have I heard of so much brutality, and “accidental” killings, as I have in the past few years, by our boys in blue/black ops! Makes one wonder what kind of training these trigger happy thugs are getting! SMH!!!

  • Isioma

    Absolutely disgusting. Those same people that are supposed to be the ones you run to for help, are the ones that you end up needing to avoid. I am so sad for his family and fiancee. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

  • roo08

    WHAT. THE. HECK.

  • Donna Miller

    Why everytime the police kill a black person,they find some excuse to excuse them and put them on paid leave?This was clearly some bull-crap.I’m figuring the woman that called the police was white?Since when is running to someone for help,cause for them to perish?I hope his family sues the police for all that they can and win big bucks, though it won’t bring this young man back,it will surely give them something to think about in assuming the worst because of skin color,and if it does not,we know that we are clearly marked for extermination, and the government was lying as usual, when they said blacks are not up for target practice and killing enjoyment!

  • Amy B.

    My heart goes out to his family and friends

    The officer and other 2 officers are OUT ON PAID LEAVE get real.

  • Shola Oliver

    My prayers go out to his family. It seem everyday the police is always in the news for killing some innocent person but when it comes to getting the real person who does the crime they can’t even get that right. Makes me wonder if the police are the real thugs the real gangsters.

  • unque43

    This is sad. It makes me sick.

  • Eugene Anderson

    This is the reason that profiling is dangerous and wrong….automatically assumed to be a criminal. U know if that had have been a a white guy, this never would have happened. Ice Cube said it best – Serve, Protect and break a n!gg@’s neck.

  • aztecteddy

    The police are PIGS!!

  • keqi77

    WOW…..

  • Oh So Nice

    I hate hearing about news like this. Totally senseless….My prayers are with his family.

  • Bee

    What is a black life worth in America? ESPECIALLY – a black man’s life. This is getting out of hand. & I continue to hear that we (black people) continue make things about “race” .. it is because we see things clearly. Incident after incident and we’re supposed to just think that it is all a coincidence? It’s sickening and quite scary that in “post racial” America, whatever that is, our lives still don’t mean a thing. We are always profiled as the criminals – even if we aren’t, that possibility is still there to them. My goodness. I’m young, but i’m not sleep. You’ll be a fool to be.

    • Me

      Really? So what are you doing about all the black on black murders in Chicago?

      • mochaglam

        That’s like the most annoying overused tagline that everyone’s using when they want to be a smart-a$$ whenever a black person dies by the hands of a non-black person. If black people want to kill each other off in Chicago or anywhere else in America, then so be it if that’s what they want to continue to do. Are we as a race of people suppose to just shrug our shoulders when things like this happen and just say oh well, we kill our own so no need to be bothered when anyone else does it? I’m absolutely sure you’re doing NOTHING about the murders either so give that tired phrase a rest UNLESS you’re actually about that life and can back it up with what you do…I need receipts!

        • Me

          So you don’t really care. I knew that.

        • Karen V Cratch

          GETTING OLD !

      • Ariola Barbados

        What are you doing about the White 2 year old kids that Whites are raping? What about the murders in your community?

        • Me

          You should know that blacks have the highest pedophilia rates in the country.
          Now, what are you going to do about the astronomical black crime rates?

          • Sadden1

            That is a huge lie. Your a sad person. If you are white I feel sorry for those who you share a race with

            • Me

              I’ll get the numbers in a moment. However, it is self evident that the lack of family and responsibility in the black community is the reason for your high pedophilia rates. You people take on new sexual partners at high rates who routinely sexually abuse your children.

            • Me

              Of the 702,000 cases of substantiated child abuse in 2009, the latest year for which federal data are available, 44 percent involved white children and 22.3 percent involved black children. Blacks make up 12.4 percent of the country’s population; whites, 74.8 percent. Translation: One out of every 230 blacks commits child sexual assault compared to one out of 712 whites.

              • Name

                This is dumb and can never be truly proven. Just because there were white kids and black kids involved, does this mean that it was white adults with white kids and black adults with black kids. Most statistics are skewed. Also, there ARE reasons on why statistics are the way they are. Education for example. Are most black offered the same education as whites. NO. Why is that? And with a subpar education, when they go to take testing for school such as the ACT or the SAT, who is more likely to do better? Therefore, often we have to work harder to achieve things that are handed to whites. Lack of opportunity. PERIOD. Not an excuse at all. Facts coming straight from Cleveland, OH. Where are you from? lol. There is no way you can relate.

                • Me

                  Nope. You people live to make excuses. the problem is that you don’t get married, so your children become victims of your newest boyfriend.
                  Further, black schools receive more money per student than white schools, even though the majority of the parents are not paying taxes that fund these schools.
                  You also have the highest dropout rates.
                  I am from the South side of Chicago…the Projects.

                  • Justcantdoit1980

                    @me – Still on here harassing folks, huh? Why don’t you google yourself a good psychologist to help you out of that f*cked up thought process of yours instead of spending time trolling predominantly Black
                    websites starting sh*t? Don’t you have a day job like normal people? Oh, I get it! You’re sitting at home in your trailer park watching Jerry Springer surfing the web in between breaks, right? I think you’re obsessed with Blacks otherwise why would you spend so much energy stalking Black websites and researching these so called facts about us? LEAVE ALREADY BIG RACIST DUMMY!!!

                    • Me

                      Black folks can’t share? I’M paying for it anyhow. Why don’t I get an opinion, tolerant leftwit?

      • Justcantdoit1980

        WHY IN THE HELL ARE YOU STILL HERE? This is not the time or place to try and stir up negativity! It would be different if you were encouraging a healthy debate but you’re trying to get a rise out of people. It’s clear that you’re an idiot and desperately need a life. What NORMAL person sits behind a computer screen and does such juvenile things. GO AWAY!!!!

        • Me

          Fix your people, negress. They are destroying the country.

          • guest

            You’re just another hateful person. God bless you.

            • Me

              YOU are the one who is blaming others for the problems the black community has created.

        • enlightenment

          …Why are you people still entertaining him?!

      • Justcantdoit1980

        Ok and what are you doing about the Sandy Hook, Columbine, McNair copycats popping up around the country? Senseless crimes where innocent people that are Black, White, Asian and Hispanic end up being hurt and killed? Those crimes that are commonly carried out by disgruntled angry mentally ill whites like yourself?

        • Me

          All those Barack supporters, you mean? Those liberals on psychotropics?

          • Justcantdoit1980

            You are a severe form of sick. I bet you’d like Stormfront if you’re not already a member. Since you despise everyone why don’t you go back into hiding in your trailer in backwoods Arkansas and finish inbreeding with your relatives to create more retards like you.

            • Me

              Wait. I thought conservatives were the 1%? You people need to make up your collective mind.

              • Justcantdoit1980

                Ok Deliverance part 2. Good night and have fun screwing your cousins ;)

                • Me

                  Have fun shoving your fatherless children in a closet while you spend your EBT at the clubs!

                  • Justcantdoit1980

                    LOL – That comment made no sense at all! What a complete dumbass!Hey, where did you say you were from? Appalachia or Ozarks??? I think I hear your Maw and Paw calling you. Now run along back to your double wide trailer…

                    • Me

                      What is means, Baby Mama, is that you are an irresponsible breeder, feeding your illegitimate whelps on my dime.

                    • Justcantdoit1980

                      I’ll give you a pass on that one because I know you’re an
                      inbred and can’t help it. OK, I got one for you Deliverance. I was a cashier at Winn-Dixie many years ago and guess who came through my line the most with Food stamps/EBT? Surprise Surprise!!! Whites!!! Shocked the hell outta me but saw it every day. All the while hardworking Black and Hispanic families were cash paying customers. Everyone knows your people are the biggest hypocrites ever. Stop stereotyping.

                    • Me

                      There are 50million on stamps: 40% white, 40% black and the remainder “other”. (remember, latinos are counted as whites.) Nonetheless, this equals 20 million whites and 20 million blacks on stamps. There are only 36 million blacks which means that OVER 60% of blacks are on stamps.

                    • Justcantdoit1980

                      Dude, you’re full of hot brewing sh*t. I’m gonna leave you alone now. I’m sure you have to go pick up your cousin for a date in your pick up truck with the confederate flag in the back. Don’t forget to comb your mullet and clean up your double wide if you plan on bringing her back home tonight. Stupid Racist. SMH

                    • Me

                      Sixty percent is a lot of failure, negress. I suggest you try to fix it.

  • eddie2ya

    NWA said it F@&k the police!!!!

  • Chas

    Wow i’m speechless. RIP my prayers go out to him and his family. Paid leave for what???

  • Rashida

    A black life don’t mean anything to those pigs!

    • Me

      They don’t seem to mean much to blacks either. Hence the high black on black murder rates that you CHOOSE to ignore.

      • bikes2flight

        Crime is usually done in close proximity, Hence white on white and black on black. Did you choose to ignore that. Stop the talking points.

        • Me

          Why do blacks commit ALL crimes at higher rates?

          • bikes2flight

            Because in my stats 101 class I learned numbers are skewed. Lehman Brothers, Bank of America fleecing are not considered crimes its business as usual. Ask your pockets who are getting away with crime at a higher rate? Blacks do not control the interest rates or inflation. When you say All you show how uneducated you really are. Get your weight up

            • Me

              Barack is black to you people. he is responsible for the interest rates, as are a great number of the creepy, affirmative action hacks in congress.
              Why do you people have such high rates of rape, pedophilia, child abuse, murder, illiteracy, illegitimacy, animal abuse, dropout rates, etc?

              • bikes2flight

                Wow the president and congress are in charge of the interest rates? And all this time I thought it was the Federal Reserve. I am done with you. I can see through you with my eyes closed.

                • Me

                  Well, Einstein, the members of the Federal Reserve are appointed by the PRESIDENT.

                  • bikes2flight

                    Well, Confullish being they serve 14 years. Who do you want to blame?

                    • Justcantdoit1980

                      @bikes2flight. Don’t argue with him or whatever “it” is. This guy is an inbred with severe logic problems.

                    • bikes2flight

                      Yeah, I cut him loose. Seems to be at least one on every site.

                    • Me

                      The blame would lie squarely on the shoulders of Clinton, then. Further, Barack has reappointed all seven members as of his first term.

                  • Karen V Cratch

                    PLEASE STOP RESPONDING TO MINIE ME. WHY NONE OF HIS COMMENTS ARE BLOCKED, SET UP??

                    • Me

                      The truth bothers you, negress? Really? That is why your people are doomed to failure.

                • Me

                  You never answered my query regarding black crime.

              • stewie

                Are you kidding us mr, racist, you devils commit more crime in a day that black people do in a year. One a-whole in wall street does more damage in a day than all the black crime combined. Not to mention, the only reason black commit crime is because of your racism and denying them opportunity.

                Now, go do what your are good at; committing suicide and raping your sister, your trailer trash pig.

                • Me

                  Barack is president because he was denied opportunity? You have children out of wedlock because you are denied opportunity? You murder each other because you are denied opportunity? You drop out of school because you are denied opportunity?
                  You people are filled with excuses.

                  • stewie

                    Yes, yes and yes… this racist country and subhumans racist like you hold black people for centuries. Don’t worry your day will come soon loser. you will be extinct soon enough.
                    As for Barack, he is the FIRST black person to even have a shot at it.

                    So blow me.

                    • Guest

                      Get a job, loser.

                    • Karen V Cratch

                      DON’T RESPOND.

                    • Me

                      Get a job.

                • Me

                  You DO know that black pedophilia is much higher than white?

                  • stewie

                    No it is not, you sick bostards sleep with everything and anything. Even your priests are perverts. Do you see a lot of black women teachers sleeping with little boys, NO. But your dirty women are doing it every day.
                    check out the news.

                    • Me

                      Of the 702,000 cases of substantiated child abuse in 2009, the latest year for which federal data are available, 44 percent involved white children and 22.3 percent involved black children. Blacks make up 12.4 percent of the country’s population; whites, 74.8 percent. Translation: One out of every 230 blacks commits child sexual assault compared to one out of 712 whites.

                    • stewie

                      That is what is reported, you forgot the ones like you who don’t get caught.

                      FYI; a white man’s statistic which is false anyway, doesn’t mean jack to me.

                      Why don’t you go to stormfront….little white piggy ?

              • Jevees

                Did you just let Bush off the hook or what?

                • Me

                  I voted Libertarian.

          • Jevees

            Crimes that are exposed. Shyt,,,Why are we in a recession? F you if you say Obama!

            • Me

              You are comparing the long term black violent crime problem to the recession? You do know that the Black Caucus is the reason the interest rates were subverted? You do know that Barack’s Keynesian policies made the economy WORSE?

      • Rashida

        This isn’t about black on black crime this is about someone trying to help who was murdered! Have a seat and show some respect to the deceased who died fir in reason! He was innocent!

        • Me

          Were you there? WHY did he disobey police orders? He was on drugs. They were found in his vehicle.

  • NatashaDecemberBabyThomas

    That woman should have checked and see what was the problem was and try to help him, not assume the man was about to break in, now this is gonna be on her conscience for life. Plus the police didn’t have to shoot him, especially if he was unarmed and he needed help after being in an accident.

    • Me

      He was on drugs. I would have shot him.

      • yourestupid

        Who the hell said he was on drugs?

        • enlightenment

          STOP REPLYING TO THIS “Me” GUY! Lol. He just wants to get a rise out of all of you and its working. Who cares what this ignorant low-life and his idiotic mouth has to say?!

      • NatashaDecemberBabyThomas

        Whatever troll, get a life!

      • Jevees

        I know you would have!

    • Van Heflin

      She did what she should have done. Would you want you mother opening the door for a stranger banging and ringing the doorbell? It was not her fault he was shot by the police.

      • NatashaDecemberBabyThomas

        If my mom was alive she would ask what’s the problem without opening the door and look out of her window, talk to the person and try to help, that what type of person she was, she helped people who needed it.

        • Van Heflin

          This article missed a few helpful details. She did originally open the door and slammed it when she saw it wasn’t her husband. It was also 230 am when this all happened. The other thing is, the accident happened almost a 1/2 mile away. He was more than likely hurt and may have had a concussion. So, he may not have been able to tell her clearly that he needed help. I try to help people, however at that time of night I call the police. In closing, it was the police and only the police fault that he was murdered.

      • ChiTown Princess

        She didn’t blame the woman for the man getting killed if you can read you r3tard! She said that the woman had poor judgment thinking that the man was trying to break in her house when in fact he wanted help after being in an accident. The pigs are more at fault for shooting and also having poor judgment.

        • Van Heflin

          Obviously you can’t read, moron, or spell! The woman who called the police did what, I hope, any woman at home at 230 am would do with a stranger knocking on there door. Call the police. After that the cops who responded were at fault.

          • ChiTown Princess

            You just want to start an argument and try to make yourself look smart, nice try f**ktard! Also I checked my spell checker on my last comment, no misspelling there, dummy!

            • Van Heflin

              There is no 3 in retard.

              • ChiTown Princess

                Well, when I typed RETARD, my comment got moderated!

                • Van Heflin

                  I apologize, I’ll edit my previous comment.

                • Jevees

                  Good!

    • mslady269

      Honestly, I would call the police as well if someone was knocking on my door, but I may have dialoged with him thru the door and asked what the problem is. As a woman, I’m not putting myself in danger, even if I have my pistol on me. Now the police are a different story. They clearly charged the officer who shot this man very quickly, so it isn’t being swept under the rug or mishandled. This was a really bad decision made by someone who was too fearful to be allowed to have a badge and a gun.

  • norfolkgirl723

    This breaks my heart! When will this foolishness end????? Shoot first TO KILL and ask questions later. My God, please, please help us! My prayers go out to Jonathan’s family and fiancee’. May God give you peace and blessings at this incredibly sad moment!!!! Much love.

  • Toni

    This is so senseless. It really hurts my heart to hear that yet another young black man has died because he was black and immediately assumed to be dangerous. My prayers goes out to his family…

  • Tierra B

    this is so very sad. condolences to his family

  • blackdolphin

    The person that called 911 finger is on the trigger as well. She opened the door because she thought that it was her husband, (where was his key???). Instead of at least asking what the problem was, thru the closed door,she called police, causing this totally innocent man to die. I wish they could charge her too.

    • Donna Miller

      I agree,she is mainly at fault, they should charge her as well,but they won’t.If it had been the other way around, however….What happened to people asking what’s wrong?Or get off my property or I’ll call the police?Or the police being calm in the situation to defuse the obviously frantic person?Had he been white,this would have been handled appropriately.It’s a evil in this land,and that’s the only thing that’s free.

    • Meemo

      If a strange man comes to my door ringing the doorbell numerous times I’m calling the police as well. If he has some type of emergency situation they are best to handle it – not me! How would she know they would shoot the man? The caller did the right thing – the police overreacted to the situation.

      • blackdolphin

        She had ALREADY opened the door! She slammed the door in his face AFTER she figured out it wasn’t her husband! At that point she could have at least asked why he was there AND called the police! She over reacted as well!

    • Trisha_B

      I guess i would just have to go to jail then. B/c i don’t open doors for NO ONE! smh How many stories i hear of people ringing someone’s door, crying for help. Only for it just to be an act, & they rape/rob/kill the homeowners. You really can’t blame her. She was scared, it was late at night. Someone come banging on my door in the early hours of the night, i’m calling the cops too. with hopes the cops would act appropriately & help that person in need.

      • blackdolphin

        I agree with you. If I was in her shoes, I still would want to know why the he– you are at my door that time of morning. And you see just how that worked out, his need was met with death. And I would have been on the phone with the cops. Don’t get stranded anywhere and need someones help…. You should hope that they at least ask what the problem is, even if they are dialing at the same time!

  • Monica

    This is ridiculous! Damn did the woman even say who is it…if he wanted to get in I doubt that he would have been knocking on her door..too many Innocent ppl dieing bc ppl jump to conclusions…soo sad.

    • norfolkgirl723

      And WHY are they all BLACK????????????????????????????????????

      • Me

        Because you people are the predominant trouble makers.

        • africangirlwithasharptounge

          “You people”? GTFOH you troll…nobody has time for your foolishness, especially on this article! Middle finger all the way up to your ignorant a$$!

          • Me

            Just another angry, vile, low class negress…

        • Justcantdoit1980

          Why are you even here??? You trolls are like the special kid in the room desperate for attention of some sort. Get outta her asswipe!

          • Me

            Blacks have a reputation for being violent. Intelligent, civilized people tire of it.

            • ChiTown Princess

              You don’t know all blacks you f**ktard! Us intelligent, civilized people like me are tired of racist @sshats like you!

            • Jevees

              Slavery! Who had the whips?

            • Jevees

              ‘Your’ ancestors raped our women, beat African Americans, separate families and you have the nerve to flick your bullshit remark at me? The fact is that you know that whites americans are one of the most violent people on earth – an you know it!

              • Me

                You are a pathetic race, then, if you blame something that happened hundreds of years ago on the fact that you have the highest rates of pedophilia.

        • ChiTown Princess

          If you despise us people so much why are you wasting your time on this site you sad, bored POS! GTFOH and grow up troll!

          • Me

            Someone needs to confront you on this topic. One would assume you should already know this, however.

            • ChiTown Princess

              No, I just wanna telll your trolling @ss off, now GTFOH!

              • Me

                You people have no self control. Is it a cultural think or is it inherent in your race?

                • Tiffany

                  And you think you white people or whatever race you are any better than us? You people commit the WORST crimes, starting with killing Native Americans for this land, followed by kidnapping Africans from our native land to bring here and forced our ancestors into slavery.

                  • ChiTown Princess

                    Thank you Tiffany, thank you for bringing the truth!

                • stewie

                  Is being racist murderers and thieves in you ugly white genes or did your loser red neck father thought you so ?

                  • Me

                    I thought we were the 1%. Make up your wee little minds.

                    • stewie

                      See, you can even comeback with anything coherent, because your ignorant mind can’t process information beyond what it was told.

                      Who is the Superior race now ! lol….

            • stewie

              What happened dude…did some black guy f””” your mommy ! lol…

            • Karen V Cratch

              so who made you the VOICE, USE THAT SAME CONCERN AND FIND OUT WHY SO MANY WM, have sex with children

              • Me

                Of the 702,000 cases of substantiated child abuse in 2009, the latest year for which federal data are available, 44 percent involved white children and 22.3 percent involved black children. Blacks make up 12.4 percent of the country’s population; whites, 74.8 percent. Translation: One out of every 230 blacks commits child sexual assault compared to one out of 712 whites.

                • Karen V Cratch

                  stop making up stats!

        • stewie

          please, madamenoire, band this racist a- hole.

          • Me

            Do facts make you sad, little one?

            • stewie

              What fact moron…you racist scum ! You got nothing beyond your ignorance.

        • Tracy Wynne

          SERIOUSLY…………………………………SMH

        • SHA

          WHY DOES MN LEAVE THIS COMMENT?!!!! THIS IS OUR SITE AND THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWD OR TOLERATED. WHY SHOULD WE BE BE-LITTLED AND DEGRADED ON OUR OWN SITE. MAKE A STATEMENT THAT YOU DONT STAND FOR THAT.
          YOU HAVE REMOVED MY COMMENTS THAT ARE NO WHERE NEAR AS OFFENDING AS THIS ENTIRE CONVERSATION.

          • Me

            Face the truth. Fix the high crime rate amongst blacks and no one will have any reason to treat you any different than they treat other law abiding collectives.

        • mama D

          You got to be kidding me. Why would you say something like that? Grow up, get your life and think. How many of us do you know personally? Or are you going by what the media says. There are problems in all communities, it’s just that some get swept under the rug. Don’t judge a whole race by a few.

          • Me

            As long as you keep making excuses for bad behavior you are part of the problem.

      • Connie

        They are not all black. I guess you are not looking at other cases like this. Some are senior citizens! White ones. Trigger happy thugs do not care the color. I am beginning to believe these clowns are getting a rush from killing helpless people! Been seeing way too much of it online. The mainstream media doesn’t tell the truth all the time my friend!

  • Monique Takemeasiam Halsey

    SO SAD MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

  • bluekissess

    This turns my stomach. I can’t stand the police.

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      • bluekissess

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    • blackdolphin

      Until you need them…..

      • bluekissess

        I disagree.

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