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GRAPHIC VIDEO: CMPD release the Full Video from the Officer Involved Shooting of Danquirs Franklin

April 15, 2019 - 3:50 pm
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**UPDATE** April 24, 2019 5:09 pm **UPDATE**

The second portion of the body cam video is roughly 9 minutes long. It wasn't immediately released to the public, but activists and CMPD went before a judge on Tuesday asking for the remainder to be released. The video shows the body cam footage to the end.

The following content is graphic in nature

The following is an update from CMPD:
 

A Superior Court judge has granted a media request authorizing the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to release the entire body-worn camera footage of the March 25, 2019, officer involved shooting incident involving Danquirs Franklin. 

In addition, earlier today the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit turned over all of the evidence to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office for their review. 

This is an active and ongoing investigation. As additional information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Tisdale is the lead detective assigned to the case. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/

The report number in reference to the officer involved shooting is 2019-0325-0901-02.

 

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WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

The raw video from the body cam of CMPD officer Wende Kerl, who shot and killed Danquirs Franklin in late March in a North Charlotte Burger King parking lot, was released to the public Tuesday afternoon.

The video clearly shows Franklin squatting between cars in the parking lot of the restaurant. He was beside an open door on the passenger side of one of the cars, which had a person sitting in the passenger seat. The driver side door of the other car was closed.

The officers on the scene had Franklin surrounded and yelled at him more than 20 times to drop the gun he was holding.

He finally responded, “I heard you the first time.”

However, he didn’t drop the gun.

Just before Kerl fired two shots, he moves his right hand forward from his body, while holding the gun. At that moment, Kerl fires two shots, causing Franklin to slump against the open car door.

Kerl immediately radios in to dispatch that shots had been fired and that she pulled the trigger.

At that moment, Kerl moves forward and picks up a pistol off the pavement from beside Franklin, who was laying facedown.

Police responded to the Burger King at 2601 Beatties Ford Rd., after police received multiple 911 calls on the morning of March 25 saying a man was in the restaurant with a gun.

Franklin was transported to Atrium Health, where he was later pronounced dead.

 

Below, Mark Garrison reports the new video shows police on the scene did not provide first aid to the wounded man...

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