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Just in case you good folks aren't already filled with rage and sad this morning, how aboutthis news from Charlotte, North Carolina? Police were responding to a 911 call about a possible breaking and entering (a woman had called saying someone was repeatedly knocking on her door), and then:


Police say that when they got to the scene, a man matching the caller's description ran toward them.

One of the officers fired his stun gun, but it was "unsuccessful." Another officer then opened fire, police said.

Jonathan Ferrell died at the scene. He was shot several times.

He was unarmed.

Police now believe Ferrell was seeking assistance after crashing his car.

WE FEEL SO MUCH SAFER NOW.

The 24-year-old Ferrell, a former football player for Florida A&M who was engaged to be married, had been in a crash that wrecked his car so badly that he had to climb through the vehicle's back window. He ran to the nearest house, knocked on the door, and the homeowner called 911 to report a possible break-in. We bet Ferrell was pretty glad to see the cops coming to help him.

Officer Randall Kerrick has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and released on $50,000 bond; a police statement said.

"The evidence revealed that Mr. Ferrell did advance on Officer Kerrick and the investigation showed that the subsequent shooting of Mr. Ferrell was excessive ... Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter."

An update on HuffPo notes that Kerrick shot Ferrell 10 times. Since Ferrell was black and Kerrick is white, get ready to hear that this is absolutely not about race -- and for a huge defense fund to be set up for the police officer, who was merely exercising the sort of caution that's necessary when confronted by a muscular young thug who could turn violent at any moment.

Tip to black motorists: Walk slowly after an accident, with your hands over your head. You might have a chance of surviving your rescuers.

[CNN / HuffPo]

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Well, goddamn it, a wonderful person we'd never heard of until last night is dead. Lyra McKee was 29, an investigative journalist who specialized in looking at the legacy of "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland. She was murdered by someone shooting at police during rioting in Derry, or perhaps Londonderry, depending on who you want to piss off by using either name for the city. The rioting broke out after police "started carrying out searches in the area because of concerns that militant republicans were storing firearms and explosives" in advance of attacks planned to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Police are blaming the violence and McKee's death on the "New Irish Republican Army," a radical republican group formed a few years ago from several smaller groups. Despite the name, the group has no ties to the old Provisional Irish Republican Army, which renounced violence and disarmed in 2005 following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which was supposed to have brought peace to Northern Ireland, and kind of did, at least much of the time.

McKee is being remembered by colleagues and readers as a promising journalist who was expected to go far. A year ago, McKee signed a two-book deal with Faber & Faber; the first of the books, The Lost Boys, an investigation of eight young men who disappeared in Belfast during the Troubles in the '60s and '70s, will be published next year. A 2016 Forbes profile said "McKee's passion is to dig into topics that others don't care about." For instance, CNN reports, McKee spent five years investigating a story about the only rape crisis center in Northern Ireland and its long struggle to regain funding after the government eliminated it.

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