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.

Danquirs Franklin

The family of a man killed by a CMPD officer outside a west Charlotte Burger King is filing suit against the city of Charlotte and the officer involved. 


Charlotte’s Citizens Review Board says it disagrees with Police Chief Kerr Putney’s decision not to discipline an officer in the fatal shooting of Danquirs Franklin last year.

Kerr Putney
Michael Falero / WFAE

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have a new policy detailing how officers should de-escalate and avoid using force. The new policy includes a written definition of “de-escalation.” CMPD Chief Kerr Putney says that’s new, but the idea itself isn’t.

Danquirs Franklin and his three children.
Ariel, the mother of the children.

Danquirs Franklin’s former girlfriend and mother of his children has been largely silent since he was shot and killed by a CMPD officer in March. But now she’s ready to talk.


Family members say they are disappointed that Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather decided not to prosecute the CMPD officer who shot and killed Danquirs Franklin outside  a Charlotte restaurant in March. They say Franklin was following orders when he was shot.

Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather.

Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather has decided not to bring charges against CMPD Officer Wende Kerl for the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin in March. In a 162-page report issued today, Merriweather said he couldn't prove to a jury that Kerl who shot Franklin was unreasonable in her belief that she faced an imminent threat of danger. 

Danquirs Franklin

No charges will be filed against the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who shot and killed Danquirs Franklin outside a Burger King in March.

Danquirs Franklin

The autopsy and toxicology reports for a Charlotte man shot and killed by a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer earlier this year have been released.

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

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.


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.


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.
Logan Cyrus

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.


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.
David Boraks / WFAE

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.


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.


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.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

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. 

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

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.