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But the prosecution decides not to retry the case

2017-06-15 09:15:29 | 日記
MCEVERS: But the prosecution decides not to retry the case. Officer Kerrick later settles with the city for back pay, and as part of that settlement, he resigns from the police department. What we still wanted to know is this - how can people see the same thing and think so differently? And what does that mean will happen in other cases like these? So we put these questions to a lawyer named Charles Monnett. He represented Jonathan Ferrell's family in a civil case against the city of Charlotte. CHARLES MONNETT: Confirmation bias is what that's called. People see what they want to see.
And they take their previous beliefs, and they use the film to confirm whatever they are. Almost no one can see those videos from a neutral perspective. MCEVERS: But he says the video could have been used better by the prosecution in the trial. What he did when he deposed two other police officers who were there that night for the civil case, he took their statements about what happened and compared them to the video frame-by-frame. We read this in the depositions. What he was able to show LED High Bay Light was there were discrepancies between what they said happened and what actually happens on the video.
In the end, the city settled Monnett's case and paid the Ferrell family $2.25 million. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: (Inaudible). MCEVERS: Then last fall, another black man is shot and killed by police in Charlotte. Protests go on for days. They get really intense. Police are injured. One protester's shot. Protesters say the name of the man who was killed, Keith Lamont Scott. They say another name, too - Jonathan Ferrell. One Charlotte-based journalist tells us his case is a wound that has never healed. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Being black is not a crime. MCEVERS: But as unsatisfying as the final result of the Jonathan Ferrell case might have been for some people, the video did move the needle just a little. The case would never have gone to trial if it hadn't been for the video. Wes Kerrick is no longer a police officer. Before we had these videos, one criminologist told us the dead man couldn't talk. Now, in some ways, he can. SIEGEL: That's our co-host Kelly McEvers. Her podcast is Embedded.
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