RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Some members of the North Carolina Democratic Party wants Attorney General Roy Cooper to retry a white police officer for the shooting death of unarmed black man Jonathan Ferrell, saying there’s no certainty that jurors would deadlock again.
Party African-American Caucus President Willie Fleming urged Cooper to reconsider Friday evening, hours after Cooper’s office announced the decision to dismiss a voluntary manslaughter charge against Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer Randall Kerrick.
Fleming says Charlotte residents deserve the respect of prosecutors to seek a verdict of guilty or innocence, rather than last week’s mistrial. Eight of the 12 jurors had backed Kerrick’s acquittal. Fleming also said efforts at justice must continue in light of recent police shootings and violence toward black Americans.
Cooper is preparing to run for the Democratic nomination for governor next year.
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