Family Of A Man Shot & Killed By A CMPD Officer Is Breaking Their Silence
CHARLOTTE, NC. — The family of a man shot and killed by a CMPD officer in West Charlotte is breaking their silence, through their attorney. They are upset about how Danquirs Franklin has been portrayed.
“Danquirs Franklin should be alive today. Those who knew him well we were disappointed by the District Attorneys assessment of the circumstances of his death, and utterly dismayed in the way he has been portrayed,” says the attorney for the Franklin family Luke Largess.
The District Attorney decided last week not to charge Officer Wende Kerl for shooting and killing Franklin in a Burger King parking lot on March 25th. According to the DA’s report, witnesses said Franklin was “in a rage” and “irate” as he jumped on the restaurant counter, and chased a man through the kitchen.
Largess says Franklin got upset because the mother of his children left him for a coworker at the Burger King.
“He found out the day of this incident from one of his children that the boyfriend who was ruining his relationship with the mother of his children, had been in his bed with his mother while he was at work.”
The Franklin family says Danquirs was a hardworking father of three, he never fired the gun and he was shot for following the officer’s command to drop his gun.
“Sadly the only way he could drop the weapon was to reach into his pocked and pull it out.”
The Franklin family has been quiet since the shooting. Largess says they’re not interested in stirring up any anger or community frustration trying to get to the bottom of what happened.
Willie Ferrell understands the Franklin family’s pain. A CMPD officer shot and killed his brother, Jonathan, in 2013.
“It makes them feel like it’s a slap in the face, because it’s obvious that he was murdered it was on camera,” says Ferrell.