Body Cam Video Could Be Released Thursday in West Charlotte Officer-Involved Shooting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The battle over CMPD body camera video of a deadly officer-involved shooting in West Charlotte will play out in court on Thursday.
Community activists and protesters have been calling for CMPD to release that video for several weeks.
“We have all of these citizens in the Beatties Ford Corridor who’s waiting to find out what the facts are. And every citizen in Charlotte. We want to know exactly what happened,” says Charlotte NAACP President Corine Mack.
Mack hopes the possible release will answer important questions about what led up to the police shooting of 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin.
The shooting happened at a Burger King on Beatties Ford Road on March 25th. People came out to protest for days.
An employee called 911 saying a man with a gun was threatening employees. CMPD says officers found Franklin in the parking lot and repeatedly told him to drop his gun. When he didn’t, an officer shot him.
A witness claimed Franklin didn’t have a gun and police shot the wrong man.
“I believe that in order to dispel any more whispers, or gossip, or innuendos, the video will tell it all,” Mack says.
But CMPD Chief Kerr Putney says not so fast.
“No one piece of evidence, including body-worn camera footage can tell the whole story. It can give you some specifics that support the facts that have been put out, but it can’t tell you everything,” Putney says.
Putney says the department won’t oppose the release of the video but is asking people not to rush to judgement and to let the process play out.
“People who want to see everything right now.. slow down a bit,” Putney says.