First Drip (8/6/15): Dash cam footage in Ferrell killing released

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After nearly two years, the dash cam footage from the night Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed by then-CMPD officer Randall Kerrick in September 2013 has been released. The video was shown at Kerrick's trial for involuntary manslaughter yesterday, during the testimony of Adam Neal, a CMPD officer who responded to the scene along with Kerrick and whose dash cam caught the moments leading up to the shooting. The video shows police vehicles approaching Kerrick, who is walking towards them with his hands out of his pockets and seemingly calm. After officers exit their vehicles and train laser targets from their taser guns on Ferrell, he runs in their direction. Ferrell leaves the screen before 12 shots are fired by Kerrick. 

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