Marshall Park Protesters Express Outrage Over Video Of Fatal Police Shooting
Numerous rallies and gatherings were held across Charlotte after video was released Monday of the fatal police shooting of 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin last month. Many believe the video shows Franklin was appearing to drop his gun as ordered, just before he was shot. At Marshall Park about 100 people attended a rally to show their outrage over the shooting.
Angry, upset, fed up and shocked were some of the words people at the rally used to express their feelings after seeing the video. Police on bicycles nearby kept their distance as the protesters formed a large circle around a heart drawn in pink chalk, with candles, rocks and flowers outlining it and Danquirs Franklin’s name written in large letters in the center.
“It’s horrible, he should have walked away alive from that,” said Kass Ottley. “CMPD talks about de-escalation and they don’t do that.”
Ottley and many others in the crowd felt the officer was too aggressive and quick to shoot Franklin. Tim Emry and Kirsten Huntley, who are white and Minster Shawn Richardson who is black say Franklin’s shooting is a scene that has played out in Charlotte too many times.
“My reaction was police officers were unnecessarily aggressive and didn’t make any effort to resolve it peacefully but chose expedience and killed someone that probably didn’t need to be killed,” Emry said.
“I’m here today because this is just too much,” Huntley said. “I can’t believe it’s happened again in our city. It seems if you are afraid of black people you shouldn’t be a cop.”
“I’m just tired of the same thing,” Richardson said. “It repeats itself and we’re no different from 2016 and Keith Lamont Scott. Nothing has changed.”
Richardson is referring to the fatal shooting of Keith Scott in an apartment parking lot by a CMPD officer. No charges were filed although a Citizens Review Board split four to four on whether CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney was correct in determining the shooting was justified. Local NAACP President Corrine Mack says she believes Franklin was following the officer’s orders to drop his gun when he was shot. She wants the officer held accountable.
“I want to see her charged by CMPD and I want to see justice,” Mack said. “Tomorrow it can be any one of us out here now. I hope Danquirs Franklin’s life stolen by that officer is never forgotten. We have an opportunity to unify in ways we had not before.”
That sentiment was echoed by other speakers at the rally, who said the city has to come together to bring about true change in law enforcement, although most were not optimistic it will happen anytime soon.