Public Will Get To See What Led Up To Deadly Officer-Involved Shooting
CHARLOTTE, NC. — The public will get to see what led up to a deadly officer-involved shooting in Northwest Charlotte. A judge made the decision Thursday.
Community activists and protesters have been calling for CMPD to release the video of when an officer shot 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin, for several weeks.
Judge Donnie Hoover ordered the release of the body camera video. He had two conditions: The video cannot be made public until 2pm on Monday, and faces of citizens seen in the video will be redacted.
CMPD’S attorney did not object to the release of the video under those conditions.
“Transparency is key in order to build trust. We have real issues between our community and CMPD. The first way you build trust is to be transparent,” says Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP President Rev. Corine Mack.
The shooting happened at a Burger King on Beatties Ford Road on March 25th. An employee called 911 saying a man with a gun was threatening coworkers. CMPD says officers found Franklin in the parking lot with a gun and repeatedly told him to drop his weapon. When he didn’t, veteran Officer Wende Kerl shot him.
A witness claimed Franklin did not have a gun and police shot the wrong man. CMPD says it recovered a gun at the scene.
In court, petitioners pointed out the public was skeptical about the shooting and there were no specifics on what the officer felt as a threat. Officer Kerl’s attorney agreed the video should be made public, but after police finish their investigation.
“The way that it can be impacted against Ms. Kerl, in a way that’s not supportive of her due process rights,” says Kerl’s attorney Jeremy Smith.
The State argued the video should be released after the investigation is complete, arguing the video could influence witnesses recollection of events.