It seems sadly obvious that Charlotte's resident race grievance crowd is trying to make this into Trayvon Martin, Part 2. Given that that's the default position of the civil rights industry, let's examine those facts that made it to the public courtesy of the Great American Leftmedia by asking a few questions:
1. If a man began banging on your door at 2:30 AM, would you be inclined to let him in? We know that many a home invasion robbery begins in that manner. In point of fact, the homeowner placed herself in mortal danger by opening the door.
2. Have you ever been involved in a car wreck? if so, can you say that you were clear headed and not in some degree of shock, regardless of your physical condition? It's probable that Mr. Ferrell was in a state of severe mental confusion owing to his experience, which leads to:
3. When the police arrived, did the officers order Mr. Ferrell to the ground, as they should have done? If not, shame on them - they at that point allowed the situation to get dicey. If so, then see #2.
4. A taser was used; despite the fact that there was no indication of Mr. Farrell's being chemically impaired in any manner, the taser failed to take him down. Why? A taser was used on Rodney King on that night in LA, and it failed to have any effect, probably due to the PCP, cocaine and booze he'd been using. The adrenaline rush Mr. Farrell was on may have had a similar effect.
5. While 3 officers were present, only Officer Kerrick fired. It's very likely that, unlike the tragedy of errors associated with the Trayvon Martin case, where the prosecutor severely overcharged, the charges of voluntary manslaughter, customarily defined as "the killing of a human being in which the offender had no prior intent to kill and acted during "the heat of passion," under circumstances that would cause a reasonable person to become emotionally or mentally disturbed," will be upheld in a court of law.
IMHO, looking at this tragedy objectively, I can see where many things went awry. Had the homeowner not opened the door - thereby placing herself in danger - and simply asked Mr. Farrell to sit down outside and stay there until the police arrived, then perhaps his mind would have cleared by the time the police arrived. Had Mr. Farrell complied with orders to sit or lie down - assuming such orders were given - then he'd still be alive today. And, had Officer Kerrick not severely overreacted - as he seems to have for whatever reason done - then Mr. Farrell would still be alive today.
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