CMPD releases additional video of officer-involved shooting of Danquirs Franklin

Updated: Dec. 1, 2020 at 5:02 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released additional video footage of the 2019 officer-involved shooting of Danquirs Franklin.

VIDEO: CMPD releases additional video of officer-involved shooting of Danquirs Franklin. Due to the graphic nature of the videos, discretion is strongly advised. Many of the videos have no sound.

Franklin was shot by CMPD Officer Wende Kerl on March 25, 2019, in the parking lot of the Burger King on Beatties Ford Road. Officials say Kerl responded to the scene after a call about an armed person in the restaurant wanting to fight an employee. Franklin was outside the restaurant when officers arrived.

On Dec, 1, 2020, CMPD released additional video after they say a Superior Court judge authorized them to release body-worn camera video footage and City of Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) street camera footage of the shooting.

CMPD also released surveillance video captured from inside of the restaurant “to provide the community an opportunity to review all of the video associated with the incident and the moments that preceded the incident.”

In the newly-released video, Burger King surveillance footage shows Franklin entering the store at 8:59 a.m. He immediately walked past the counter and into kitchen and pushed past an employee who was trying to stop him.

He then slams the same woman into the ground by the vending machine after exiting the kitchen. On video, you can see Franklin leaving the restaurant before re-entering with what appears to be a gun in his right hand and then holding it next to the two children he entered the store with.

In the moments before police arrive, you can see Franklin perched on the counter, then yelling in an employee’s face. The last video of Franklin in the store is at 9:03 a.m. punching a door, then going outside. Police pull up to the Burger King a minute and a half later.

On April 24, 2019, CMPD released the full-length body-cam video of the fatal shooting, showing the moments after Franklin was shot, in a release posted to the CMPD newsroom.

In the body-cam video released on April 24, 2019, officers Kerl and Larry Deal drew their guns immediately upon getting out of their vehicles. Between the two officers, Franklin was instructed to either “drop the weapon” or “put the gun on the ground” at least 20 times.

Kerl shot Franklin at least twice, according to officials. The autopsy shows Franklin died of gunshot wounds to the abdomen. Kerl was placed on administrative leave and then administrative assignment following the shooting.

In Aug. 2019, District Attorney Spencer Merriweather announced that Officer Kerl would not be charged in Franklin’s death. CMPD then did an internal review of the case and determined that Kerl followed department policy.

The Citizen’s Review Board (CRB) announced in Dec. 2019 that they were reviewing CMPD’s decision that the fatal officer-involved shooting in March was justified. The CRB said in its initial review, it initially found “substantial evidence of error” in CMPD’s determination that the shooting was justified.

The CRB held a hearing, described as “trial-like” proceedings, on January 28. CMPD and Franklin’s family were both there, represented by their respective attorneys.

In June 2020, Franklin’s family filed a lawsuit against the city and the officer who shot him. The lawsuit details the events taking place in Franklin’s life leading up to that day.

Although the Citizen’s Review Board determined that Kerl violated CMPD policies, City Manager Marcus Jones declined to overturn CMPD’s decision that the shooting was justified.

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