A former North Carolina police officer who was tried in the killing of an unarmed former college football player in 2013 will receive nearly $113,000 in back pay as part of a separation agreement, the city of Charlotte said Thursday.
Kerrick resigned from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department effective Oct. 2.
The city will pay $179,989.59, which is mostly back pay and vacation pay but also includes $50,630 to be paid to the lawyer who represented Kerrick in a civil suit, the city said in a statement.
Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter after he fatally shot Jonathan Ferrell, 24, after a traffic accident on Sept. 14, 2013. Kerrick had his pay suspended a few days after the incident.
Ferrell, a former defensive back for Florida A&M, was in a car accident that night and dragged himself to a nearby house to get help, officials said. The woman in the house called 911 to report a possible break-in.
Kerrick shot Ferrell after he refused commands and moved towards officers. Prosecutors argued Kerrick should have used nonlethal force, but the jury deadlocked at his trial.
The city reached a settlement with Ferrell’s family for $2.25 million.
"This resolution allows CMPD and the Charlotte community to move forward in the healing process and continue our work together on open, candid and wide-ranging community dialogue about community and police relations," Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter said in a statement Thursday.