CHARLOTTE — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe is weighing in on race relations and police departments.

He appeared on the CBS Evening News Thursday, the same day one of his officers appeared in court for shooting and killing an unarmed black man.

Randall Kerrick is on unpaid administrative leave, charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of Jonathan Ferrell.

The hearing was very quick, pretty uneventful, file a few documents and schedule another court date.

But it’s timely as protests across the country continue in the wake of no indictment of officers in Ferguson or New York.

The case against Randall Kerrick is a little different, but he was greeted by protestors shouting “no justice, no peace” as he left court Thursday afternoon.

Unlike the officer who killed Michael Brown or Eric Garner, Kerrick was indicted by a grand jury and will now stand trial for voluntary manslaughter.

He shot and killed 24-year old Jonathan Ferrell in September of 2013.

He said he was following his police training. The department called the 12 shots, 10 of them hitting Ferrell, excessive.

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe held a news conference just hours after the shooting, announcing the charge.

He appeared on the CBS Evening News Thursday night, with three other chiefs, to discuss race relations.

When asked if he thought if the Garner case was excessive force, Chief Monroe called it unfortunate.

“I think it’s an issue and incident occurring in different ways and different places across the country and that’s what people are really struggling with, how do we get through these incidents,” Monroe says.

And as questions of excessive force by police officers continue across the country, another CMPD officer is scheduled to be in court Friday.

Jason Van Aken is charged with assault and battery, and assault inflicting serious injury.

Investigators say he broke a man’s collarbone who was handcuffed and in custody.

– Kate Gaier