Community Activists Getting Heated After Watching Full Body Cam Video
CHARLOTTE, NC — Community activists and experts are reacting to the newly released portion of the body cam video.
Community activists were heated as they gathered outside CMPD headquarters. It was after watching the entire 11-minute body camera video. Some are angry about the moments after officer Wende Kerl shot Danquirs Franklin on March 25th.
“The fact that he laid there and no one rendered him any kind of aid, is inhumane and horrible,” said an activist.
Others gathered at Little Rock AME Zion Church too. Pastor Dwayne Walker watched the video.
“I was looking for some remorse. I’m not sure if I heard that. I heard the officer explain that she felt she had to shoot him, he would not drop the gun,” says Pastor Walker.
Law enforcement attorney Scott Maclatchie watched the video with WCCB Charlotte’s Alexandra Elich. He says legally, officers don’t have to give any medical help after an officer-involved shooting. They just have to call for medical personnel.
“The general response after the officer-involved shooting is to remove the fire arm which they did, get medical help immediately, which they did,” says Maclatchie.
CMPD says moving forward, the department will give all body camera video of a petitioned incident to the court, instead of portions. A judge is still trying to determine if CMPD is in contempt for not doing that this time.