Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Fatal CMPD Shooting Video, Mueller Report, 9th District Election

Apr 19, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

Body cam video provides more detail on a fatal police shooting. Republican candidates in the 9th Congressional district square off. And the full Mueller report is out. Those and other stories on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup. 

Body cam footage was released this week that provides more detail on the March 25th shooting death of Danquirs Franklin by CMPD officer Wende Kerl. Police use-of-force experts say the video indicates that the shooting was legally justified. But activists are calling police tactics into question. 

But that call and the decision of whether to prosecute the officer will be made in the coming weeks by the Mecklenburg County district attorney once CMPD completes its internal investigation. We’ll discuss what the video showed, the community’s reaction, and find out what’s next in the case.

Republican candidates at Tuesday's 9th District forum, from left: Matthew Ridenhour, Leigh Brown, Stony Rushing, Dan Bishop, Albert Wiley, Stevie Rivenbark Hull, Fern Shubert (speaking), Gary Dunn.
Credit DAVID BORAKS / WFAE

There’s a crowded field of Republican candidates vying to take on Democrat Dan McCready in the 9th District Congressional election. A special primary election will be held on May 14 and a new campaign finance report indicates Dan Bishop is ahead in fundraising efforts. Several of the candidates squared off in a debate Tuesday night. We’ll hear what they said.

A controversial abortion bill that passed the state legislature was vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper.

In Charlotte, a city council committee is recommending stronger rules for the city’s noise ordinance and a local clinic that provides abortions is at the center of the debate.

The full 400-plus-page report by special counsel Robert Mueller has been released to the public. We’ll get state lawmaker reaction to the findings.

And while the world watched helplessly as Notre Dame in Paris burned, several students and a teacher from Hough High School in Cornelius were there, having just toured the cathedral during their Spring Break trip.

Alex Olgin, Jonathan Lowe, David Boraks, Sarah Delia, Glenn Burkins, Nick Ochsner

Guest host Alex Olgin, reporter for WFAE News

Sarah Delia, reporter for WFAE News

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE News

Jonathan Lowe, reporter for Spectrum News

Glenn Burkins, founder and publisher of QCityMetro.com

Nick Ochsner, reporter for WBTV News