• Demonstrators headed to rally slow traffic on Interstate 277

    By: Blake Hanson

    Updated:

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A group headed to the Black Lives Matter rally they organized, started a rolling roadblock to slow traffic on I-277 Friday.

    A line of cars drove below the speed limit for about 20 minutes, starting around 6:30 p.m. The demonstrators left the emergency lane open.

    Some of the cars had "Black Lives Matter" and "Shut Down Charlotte" scrawled on the windows with markers.

    At one point, a CMPD officer briefly pulled over one of the vehicles but it wasn't clear if any citation was given.

    "We wanted to disrupt, you know, business as usual," said Khallid Love, one of the participants.

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    "We want to get people out of their comfort zone, we want to get people uncomfortable, because black people are uncomfortable every day."

    Love said there was a strategy: They didn't want to prevent people from getting to their destination. They wanted to slow them down for a moment.

    "The fact that people were angry, people were upset, I feel like that was a marker that we had done our job," Love said.

    The group slowly drove toward a rally they had organized for 7 p.m. in Marshall Park.

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    People passed a loud speaker around and vented their frustrations about police relations with the black community. Many expressed concern over North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper's decision not to retry CMPD Officer Randall "Wes" Kerrick.

    Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 2013 fatal shooting of Jonathan Ferrell. After a lengthy trial, a judge declared a hung jury after jurors were split 8-4 in favor of acquitting Kerrick.

    On Wednesday, the charge against Kerrick was formally dismissed.

    "We were expecting Charlotte to set the example for the nation and let them see that everybody matters here in Charlotte, and that was not the case," said LeRoy Dunlap, one of the people who attended the rally.

    AG meets with NAACP, clergy about fatal shooting

    Ministers and activists are meeting with the state attorney general to discuss his decision not to retry a Charlotte police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black man.

    Officials with the state chapter of the NAACP say they and Charlotte clergy members met Friday with Attorney General Roy Cooper to discuss his decision not to retry Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Randall Kerrick.

    A judge last month declared a mistrial in Kerrick's voluntary manslaughter trial after jurors said they were deadlocked.

    Police said a resident called police after Ferrell wrecked his car and banged on his door in September 2013.

    Investigators said one officer deployed his Taser without apparent effect before Kerrick fired 12 shots, 10 of which hit him. Kerrick testified he repeatedly fired because Ferrell kept charging at him.

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