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(Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department via AP)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police video released Monday shows an officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, fatally shooting a man who was armed but didn’t point his weapon at authorities.

The body camera footage shows two officers approaching 27-year-old Danquirs Napoleon Franklin outside a Burger King on March 25 after witnesses called 911 to report a man with a gun acting in a threatening manner.

The police video shows officers repeatedly yelling for Franklin, who is black, to put his gun down. He’s seen squatting by the open door of a car, facing someone in the passenger seat.

“Sir, put the gun down,” says the officer wearing the body camera. “Drop the gun!”

Franklin doesn’t move as police approach him, the video shows. As they shout at him, Franklin can be seen raising his right hand with an object in it, still facing the person in the passenger seat.

He lowers his hand right around the time when the first of two shots by the officer can be heard on the video. “Shots fired!” the officer yells into her radio. About 40 seconds had passed from the time the officer exited her cruiser to when Franklin was shot.

She then reaches under his body and can be seen picking up a handgun, saying: “I gotta pick up the gun.”

The officers tell the person in the passenger seat, “Let me see your hands,” and the person holds them out on the dashboard. In response to an email seeking the person’s identity, police spokesman Lt. Brad Koch replied, “This is still an active criminal investigation.”

Corine Mack, president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP chapter, summed up her reaction to the video in four words: “Hurt, disgust, anger, frustration.” But she said anyone who chooses to protest in response to the release should do so peacefully.

She said the officer didn’t follow procedure and “didn’t view Danquirs Franklin as a man, but saw him as a danger.”

“This female officer shot this man while he was adhering to her commands,” she said in a phone interview.

Robert Dawkins of Safe Coalition NC said violence and taking to the streets won’t solve anything, and he doesn’t anticipate it happening.

A handful of protesters gathered in a downtown Charlotte park around 6 p.m., with more expected. Clergy members were also slated to meet at a local church before making their own pleas for peaceful protest.

Before the release of the footage, Charlotte leaders held a news conference to urge community members to be calm after seeing what’s on it. They noted that protests had been planned even before the video’s release. No protesters were seen at the Burger King on Monday afternoon, shortly after the video came out.

Mayor Vi Lyles urged the community to engage in a peaceful discourse about what happened.

“It is in moments like this that we can open for a discussion and discourse. We can talk about what’s on that video,” she said. “But what I always think about is how we respond as a community will reflect how we honor the memory of Danquirs Franklin.”

Police Chief Kerr Putney said the video is hard to watch, but it shows that Franklin was armed.

“There is clear and compelling evidence that Mr. Franklin is armed. You will see that” on the video, Putney said at a news conference.

Putney said Monday that the video is consistent with what police have said all along, that Franklin refused to drop his weapon and an officer fired after perceiving a lethal threat.

Before the shooting, one witness who called 911 said that an armed man had entered Burger King and tried to start a fight with employees.

“Can you please send somebody quickly? Please. He got a gun. … He’s pointing it,” she said.

But since the shooting, some have questioned whether police were too quick to use lethal force, including students who walked out of a school to protest the shooting days after it happened.

The officer who shot Franklin was identified as Officer Wende Kerl, who has worked for the department since 1995. She has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated by detectives, who will turn their findings over to the district attorney. A department spokesman has declined to release Kerl’s race.

The video was released Monday by a judge in response to a media petition.

Franklin’s death came less than three years after another fatal shooting by a police officer sparked several days of civil unrest in Charlotte, including injuries and property damage. A prosecutor later cleared the officer in the September 2016 shooting of Keith Lamont Scott after reviewing evidence including surveillance footage indicating he had a holstered gun on his ankle.

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9 thoughts on “Police Release Body Cam Footage Of Shooting

  1. ResponsibilityInControl on said:

    How can we blame the cops, when the employees called the police to report his actions? Secondly how can we blame the cops when he is facing someone in a car armed, how are the cops supposed to know what he is about to do? What if he had killed the woman in the car he was facing? This mans actions contributed to the outcome of this unfortunate situation. First and foremost he didnt listen and wanted to do things on his own terms he should have listened and clearly communicated his actions to the police such as……OK I am going to put my hands in the air I am not armed I do not have the gun! NC is an open carry state however that doesnt mean you dont have to listen to the police and surely doesnt mean just walk around with it in your hand waving it at people…………………. OK so African American community question……..the African Americans working in this BK called the cops on another African American because they feared for their own safety and their lives….are the same police that they called not entitled to the same fear and protection of their lives WHILE PROTECTING OTHERS? These grown men see this has happened in the past why do they continue NOT to learn from others mistakes….Of course there are some bad cops but that isnt in every situation!

  2. yep the white neighborhood I live in is peaceful and quiet except for police and ambulance screaming by headed for darky town

  3. WTF is this BOGUS perception of MEN of COLOR being a damn THREAT to a PIG??????
    PIGS take an oath to PROTECT & SERVE–NOT SHOOT & KILL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If PIGS across this country are so scared of MEN OF COLOR–maybe THEY should CHOOSE a different career!!!!!!!!!!!

    TIME TO TREAT US AS SUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ResponsibilityInControl on said:

      Maybe you should take the part in your comment about we are not animals – we are human beings and shout and protest that to the countless African American youth that are constantly killing each other, preying on each other robbing each other dealing drugs to one another? Anyone with a gun and acting in the manner he was is a threat no matter the skin color!

      • So, what should be done about the white dogs that shoot down innocent people, including the cops! If I was white and had the vile and ugly past that you do, I wouldn’t open my mouth against anyone! But, we see that ain’t going to happen!  How many times have you seen white men with guns walk away alive? You just refuse to see how ignorant you are! You are ALWAYS judging people by the color of their skin. You always have and you always will! What about the white kids shooting up schools? It’s amazing how whites can see everybody’s dirt but their own! Whites are so innocent and do absolutely nothing wrong. Yet they are the root of all evil!

      • African American Woman on said:

        You know the ridiculous number of black men being slaughtered by other black men at numbers the entire KU Klux Klan could only dream of attaining will never be addressed by the “poor victim me” crowd because addressing and fixing that would require self-responsibility and admission that we are the greatest enemies to ourself. And too many of us just are not going to do that. Everything from the weather to a random dog pooping on the lawn is the white man’s fault. They believe that all black people, including themselves, are nothing but brainless dummies with strings being pulled by the white man and we are so weak and stupid that we simply cannot change our situation. They actually e worse than any white man is. You would think with their victim mindset, they would want to address our internal slaughter because we are doing the white man’s work for him…hey sheep, we’re providing free labor for the white man!

  4. Very Bad…
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