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Former A&M football player Jonathan Ferrell shot by police while seeking assistance

In a perfect world this would just be a tragic and unfortunate chain of events. And no doubt many will feel sympathy for the young officer Randall Kerrick who looks Ferrell's age and could have been a classmate, again in a different world. Because of his past playing safety at the college level, we get to learn more about Jonathan than we may ever know about Randall. It is a lack of personal knowledge that allowed the woman he asked for help to jump to conclusions. It is that lack of personal experience that lead Randall Kerrick to make assumptions when a black man came staggering toward him at a fast rate in the twilight of early morning. It is now the presumptions of everyone who reads these articles that will inform their reaction to it, and their judgement of the involved parties. It would be nice to live in a world where actions are based on facts rather than prejudicess. But that would be perfect.

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