Did Randall Kerrick plan on abusing or shooting black suspect?

It sure looks like it:

Officer Kerrick admitted that he had not fired any warning shots and had not ordered Mr. Ferrell to show his hands. He also acknowledged that he intentionally turned off his cruiser’s dashboard camera when he arrived.

“This was not just any call,” Officer Kerrick said. “This was a priority breaking-and-entering call at 2:30 in the morning with the homeowner inside the house.”

“It wasn’t an important enough call to you to leave your D.M.V.R. on, right?” Ms. Postell asked, referring to his dashboard-mounted video recorder.

“No.”

Enough said. When you take a step like this to knowingly conceal your future actions, for fear they will be deemed illegal, that is (or should be) classified as "intent," if not premeditation. And once again, one of the most important witnesses of this incident cannot take the stand.

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I'm sure there are a handful

of readers who may take umbrage at my stance on this and other "cop vs black man" stories. But I want to make it clear I am *not* anti-law enforcement.

I do believe our system of justice (which includes LEO's) has some major flaws, not the least of which is the school-to-prison pipeline, which sucks in something like 1 in 4 black males in this country. This issue is littered with perceptions, many of them false, which combine to make it nearly impossible for an African-American male to receive fair treatment in our society.

Doing away with the horrendous War on Drugs would be a great start in tilting those scales of injustice, but that's only part of the problem. We have to recognize that entering a situation (like the above) with preconceived notions of the guilt of the suspect and the dangers he presents has the effect of making those things come to pass. It's a self-perpetuating problem, and *every* time a law enforcement officer makes that mistake it needs to be exposed and evaluated, so others can learn from the experience.

As members of the society that employs those LEO's, we simply cannot sit on the sidelines as spectators. It is our business, even if it's more comfortable to believe it's not.

The War on Drugs

I agree that law enforcement officers have a difficult and dangerous job. The vast majority are conscientious and law-abiding. But reports of aggressive enforcement against black cyclists in Tampa, to the unfortunate death of Sandra Bland in Texas after failing to signal a lane change, to multiple reports of police discharging weapons every day, there is a problem.

With language like a "war on drugs," is it any surprise that military tactics have replaced cops walking the beat and knowing the people in many places?

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