NAACP to meet to discuss deadly officer-involved shooting

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

On Monday night, NAACP members will gather to talk about their concerns with police in Charlotte.

At the center of it all will be the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer accused of shooting an unarmed man.

Eyewitness News is at the Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church in north Charlotte, where the meeting will take place, and the people there said what their message will be.

Members of the NAACP said they don't want anyone to forget about what happened to Jonathan Ferrell. So on Monday night, they're asking the community to come out to the town hall meeting and share their own experiences about their encounters with CMPD.

Police said 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell ran toward officers back on Sept. 14 in east Charlotte.

They were first sent to the area after a 911 call that Ferrell was trying to get into a woman's home.

Officer Randall Kerrick opened fire on Ferrell, striking him 10 times.

His attorney said he was afraid for his life.

But Police Chief Rodney Monroe called the shooting excessive and Kerrick was arrested on voluntary manslaughter charges.

NAACP members said they will continue to push for murder charges against Kerrick. They plan to discuss that and more during the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.