Local Civil Rights activists at odds on how to handle Kerrick protests

Local civil rights leaders are at odds on how the Kerrick trial protests and the city should be led.

They’re saying Charlotte is now being guided in different directions since the mistrial decision came out – with peaceful assemblies followed up with somewhat aggressive protests.

The president of the local NAACP chapter says protesters have every right to be angry. But she’s hoping for one unified message of peace and solidarity from community leaders.

Marcus Bass with the local NAACP chapter says the challenge is to find a balance between empowering people and fighting the power at the same time.

“How do we express ourselves but at the same time, how are we protecting ourselves?” Bass said.

John Barnett with the True Healing Under God organization has been getting heat for wanting to get people riled up and act out of emotion.

“They think that just because it's the T.H.U.G organization, we're in full support of who they label as thugs,” he said.

We reached out to NAACP Charlotte president Corine Mack about this criticism he's getting. She says there’s a clear disagreement of what message to get across to the community.

"You do have some people who call themselves leaders who are not leading. Leaders don't cause drama and violence in the streets and walk away from it,” she said.

Barnett says it's not that he doesn't support the peaceful approach. He believes there's a time to be cooperative and there's a time to demand change.

“at least they know im doing something. it's good to do something than nothing at all,” he said.

Mack expressed Charlotte is at a critical point where leaders have to guide the city through tough times.

Both organizations tell FOX46 the goal is for the Ferrell family to get justice.

T.H.U.G plans on organizing an event called "March on Charlotte" at Marshall Park.

As of now, the date is set for September 14.