Danquirs Franklin

On March 25, 2019, CMPD officers responded to 911 calls about an armed man at a Burger King on Beatties Ford Rd. After arriving, officers encountered Danquirs Franklin in the parking lot. CMPD says Franklin was armed and officers told him repeatedly to drop his gun.

According to CMPD, Officer Wende Kerl "perceived a lethal threat" and fired her weapon, hitting Franklin. Franklin was transported to the hospital where he later died.

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Danquirs Franklin was remembered as a father, a friend, an author, and a man passionate about comics at a candlelight vigil Thursday, attended by family members and other Charlotte residents.

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Activists are again calling for the officer who shot and killed an African-American man outside a west Charlotte Burger King in March to be fired and charged with murder. That’s after the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department  on Wednesday released nearly nine minutes of additional body camera footage from the shooting of 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police released additional video from the body camera of the officer that fatally shot 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin last month. Robert Dawkins with SAFE Coalition NC joined WFAE’s Sarah Delia to discuss the additional footage.

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Additional video related to the shooting of Danquirs Franklin shows officer Wende Kerl saying Franklin's gun was in his jacket before he moved his hand to pull the weapon out. Kerl shot him, as Franklin seemed to be holding the gun by the barrel with the butt facing outward and not pointing at the officers. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters.
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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says it is implementing a series of changes following a deadly officer-involved shooting in west Charlotte last month. At a Wednesday morning news conference, Deputy Chief Estella Patterson said it will now be the department’s policy to release all relevant video footage of critical incidents, including officer-involved shootings, to the court for a judge to decide what is appropriate for the public to see.

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A Mecklenburg County judge has ordered the release of the full 11-minute body camera video related to the fatal police shooting of 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin last month.

A group of students with UNC Charlotte's NAACP chapter urged the city council Monday to take action on police killings of black men.
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A judge in Charlotte Tuesday morning will consider whether to order the release of an additional nine minutes of body camera video showing the police killing of a Charlotte man a month ago. Monday night, city council members agreed the video should be released, but had differing views on how they came to be shown a longer version of the video than Charlotte Mecklenburg Police released.

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It’s been five days since the public got a glimpse into the last moments of Danquirs Franklin’s life – the repeated commands by CMPD Officer Wende Kerl to drop his gun, the motion of Franklin’s hand as he appeared to hold it with the barrel facing himself, and the fatal shots from Kerl’s gun.

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney has filed a petition to release all 11 minutes of video from the body camera of the officer that shot Danquirs Franklin, said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles.

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Updated April 25, 2019 

On April 15, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released body-camera video from an officer-involved shooting from March 25. The shooting occurred in a Burger King parking lot in west Charlotte.

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Charlotte’s city attorney says CMPD has withheld almost nine minutes of officer body camera footage in the fatal shooting of Danquirs Franklin, 27, at a Burger King on Beatties Ford Road on March 25. City attorney Patrick Baker told the Charlotte Observer Wednesday night that city officials will conduct a review to determine why the full video has not been released and whether more footage can be released to the public. 

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Activists say the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who shot and killed 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin in March must face charges, and are calling on police and others in power to initiate long overdue cultural changes.

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Tuesday night Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney met with members of the public not to talk at people, but to listen. 

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CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said Tuesday he hopes as early next Friday, April 26, to present the Mecklenburg County district attorney with results of an internal investigation into the March 25 police shooting of a man outside a west Charlotte fast-food restaurant.

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CMPD on Monday released body-cam video in the fatal shooting of Danquirs Franklin, 27, outside a Burger King on Beatties Ford on March 25.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles joined WFAE's Lisa Worf to offer her reactions to seeing the video.

Memorial for Danquiris Franklin, fatally shot in March by a CMPD officer
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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.

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Protesters gathered peacefully around Charlotte Monday night in response to the body-cam video CMPD released earlier in the day, capturing the fatal police shooting of 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin.

Monday, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department released body-camera video from an officer involved shooting from about three weeks ago. The shooting occurred in a Burger King parking lot in west Charlotte. Officer Wende Kerl , a white police officer, encountered 27-year-old Danquris Franklin, a black man. CMPD says Officer Kerl perceived a lethal threat when she fatally shot Franklin.

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Updated: 7:50 p.m.

Video of the fatal police shooting of 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin on March 25 shows that he did have a gun, but it appears it was not pointed at officers or a person next to him.

Earlier today ahead of the video's release, Mayor Vi Lyles was emotional as she addressed the media Monday morning, ahead of the release of body-cam footage capturing the March 25 fatal shooting of Danquirs Franklin by CMPD Officer Wende Kerl at a Burger King on Beatties Ford Road in west Charlotte

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