This Day in History

Sept. 14, 2013: Jonathan Ferrell Killed by Police

Time Periods: 2001-
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity

Jonathan Ferrell wearing his football jersey in an undated photo provided by Florida A&M University. Ferrell was a former safety for the Florida A&M Rattlers football team.

On Sept. 14, 2013, Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed by a Charlotte, North Carolina police officer while seeking help after being involved in a car accident. When he went to a nearby home seeking assistance, the owner of the home didn’t call for an ambulance. Instead, they called the police, reporting a home burglary in process.

When the police arrived, Ferrell approached them and was tased, then shot 10 times, dying at the scene.

A CodeSwitch (NPR) editorial notes that “Jonathan Ferrell worked two jobs, planned to return to college and marry the fiancĂ©e he followed to our city.”

Read more in “Jonathan Ferrell, Former Football Player, Killed by Police After Seeking Help Following Car Wreck: The death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, former Florida A&M safety, demands our attention” in The Nation by Dave Zirin.