Kojo Nantambu, president of the NAACP's Charlotte branch, called for Kerrick to be charged with murder.
There's a "tradition in this country to be able to kill innocent black men," he told reporters Monday.
The incident took place the same weekend that New York police wounded two bystanders while trying to shoot an "emotionally disturbed" man near Times Square, authorities said. Glenn Broadnax, 35, was walking into traffic in front of the Port Authority bus terminal in an apparent effort to be hit by a vehicle, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Saturday.
Broadnax initially dodged police as they tried to take him into custody, and then -- armed with nothing more than his bare hand -- mimicked shooting a gun at officers. Two officers -- armed with real guns loaded with real bullets -- responded by shooting, Kelly said. Neither of the officers -- one a three-year veteran and the other on the force for 1-1/2 years -- had been involved in a previous shooting, Kelly said.
Eventually, a third officer -- using a Taser -- took down the unarmed Broadnax, police said.
It was the second high-profile case in about a year in which NYPD officers have shot bystanders after opening fire in a busy public space.
But New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday that the city's 34,000-plus police officers discharged their weapons a total of 83 times in 2012 -- the lowest number since 1993.
"We're in the middle of an investigation, it's very tragic, our sympathies go out -- thank God they were not fatal shootings," Bloomberg told reporters Monday. A 54-year-old woman underwent surgery after being shot in the knee and a 37-year-old woman was treated and released after being grazed in the buttocks by a stray police bullet, police said.
Broadnax was charged with misdemeanors that included reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was ordered to undergo a psychiatric exam during a pre-arraignment deposition Sunday, according to court documents.