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“We the Grand Jury respectfully request that the district attorney submit a bill of indictment to a lesser-included or related offense.”However, not all of the members of the grand jury were present to make this decision, so the Attorney General, Roy Cooper, plans to resubmit the case to another grand jury. In the meantime, Officer Kerrick gets to go free. His attorney, George Laughrun, told the Observer that Kerrick feels “like the weight of the world has been lifted from his shoulders.”
“He’s extremely relieved that the grand jury members saw fit to keep an open mind and not listen to all the propaganda on all the things he did wrong. What they decided … was that Officer Randall Kerrick did his job. Regretfully, it cost the life of Jonathan Ferrell. But he did his job.”But the attorney for Ferrell’s family, Chris Chestnut, say they are understandably shocked and disgusted by the jury’s decision, especially since he says that dashboard cam video (which wasn’t shared with the public) clearly shows that Officer Kerrick overreacted:
“What did the attorney general present to this grand jury and what was omitted? Having seen the video, I cannot believe that the citizens of Charlotte could watch it and not indict. I question whether they were shown it. There has been nothing to demonstrate that this case has gotten the attention it deserves and needs for the citizens of Charlotte and America. It’s that important a case. This feels like they don’t value Jonathan’s life.”Hopefully this case will be brought in front of a new jury very soon and justice can be served for Ferrell and his family. He was unarmed. How was Officer Kerrick “doing his job” by shooting an unarmed man 10 times and firing at him 12 times altogether? Lord, help us.
The longtime director of Florida A&M University’s famed marching band announced his retirement Thursday, while a top state official urged the university to keep the band suspended while investigations continue into a drum major’s death.
The band, its future clouded by the beating death of Robert Champion, appeared unlikely to take the field again anytime soon.
Frank Brogan, the chancellor of Florida’s state university system, wrote a blunt letter to FAMU President James Ammons urging him to keep the band suspended. Ammons was expected to discuss the fate of the band at a special meeting of the university board of trustees planned Monday.
Meanwhile, Ammons disclosed more than 100 band members weren’t even enrolled FAMU students at the time of Champion’s death, a new revelation shaking the Marching 100 whose storied history included performing at Super Bowls and inaugural parades.
Solomon Badger, chairman of the FAMU board, said he hopes Ammons would announce he is keeping the suspension intact for the near future.
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Moved by the recent death of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion, U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson says she plans to introduce a federal anti-hazing bill when Congress returns from its holiday break next month.
In Champion’s case, police say he was punched and paddled in a hazing ritual during the school’s Marching 100 band trip to the annual Florida Classic in Orlando. An autopsy report showed that the 26-year-old’s “muscles were beaten so badly that they were destroyed like you would see in a heart attack.” So far, the Marching 100 has been suspended from all activities and its director placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s investigation but Wilson says overall, hazing is demeaning, dangerous, deadly, and needs to be stopped.
The question is whether a law would do any good? Most colleges and universities have policies prohibiting hazing as a means of granting students entrance into fraternities, sororities, and other campus organizations yet the practice still goes on. Some groups get suspended for a semester, maybe even a year, but when the next opportunity rolls around, hazing resumes and vows of silence and solidarity amongst members of these groups keep such practices from being openly exposed although the activity is well-known. So what good would a law do? It could ensure those who are caught hazing endure much stricter punishments, but for any practical change to come about, leaders of these organizations have to take a stance against hazing and truly desire to create alternative means of ushering in new members to a group that don’t threaten their well-being. As long as group members see hazing as a method of proving worth and loyalty, they will just find sneakier ways to go about it.
Do you think an anti-hazing law would stop this activity on college campuses?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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(Tallahassee.com) — Florida A&M University and other historically black colleges in the state will get an additional $61 million over the next decade under legislation that President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday.