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The police chief in Charlotte says the trial last year of a white former officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man hurt morale at the department

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — The police chief in Charlotte says the trial of a white former officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man in 2013 was very hard on the department.

The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/1QXKJti ) that Chief Kerr Putney talked with business and civic leaders Wednesday.

Officer Randall Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of Jonathan Ferrell. A jury was unable to reach a verdict last August. The state attorney general's office decided against re-trying the case.

Putney said the trial nearly ripped the department in half. He says the trial caused a significant morale issue and officers are still healing.

Kerrick shot Ferrell 10 times. Prosecutors said Kerrick ignored his training and acted in fear. Kerrick said he fired as Ferrell aggressively ran toward him.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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