Handful of protesters block road after mistrial declared in Kerrick trial

A handful of protesters has been in the street, blocking traffic outside the Mecklenburg courthouse after a mistrial was declared in the case of a police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of an unarmed man.

Eight protesters were sprawled in the middle of the street Friday afternoon. They held signs with the hash tag of Justice for Jonathan and shouted "No justice no peace."

About an hour later, protesters walked outside of BB&T Ballpark chanting, "Hands up, don't shoot." A Knights game is scheduled for Friday evening.

One protester identified as Pastor Raymond Johnson said they want a new trial with a new jury that "will do the right thing and send this man to jail."

Prosecutors said the 29-year-old Kerrick used deadly force when he shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell in September 2013. They say nonlethal force should have been used to subdue the former Florida A&M football player. Two officers with Kerrick didn't fire their guns.

Jurors told Judge Robert C. Ervin they were deadlocked 8-4, with no hope of reaching a unanimous verdict.

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