A judge has ordered that bodycam footage from the March 25 fatal police-involved shooting of Danquirs Franklin must be released today.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to the Burger King on Beatties Ford Road after reports of a disturbance inside the restaurant involving an armed man and employees. Police say Officer Wende Kerl shot and killed Franklin, 27, after he failed to comply with repeated commands to drop his weapon. But, some witnesses claim he was unarmed. The conflicting accounts are causing more tension in a city where homicides rose dramatically in the first quarter compared to the same time period last year.
Protestors were active at the scene following the shooting and expressed anger at community conversations held by CMPD Chief Kerr Putney.
CMPD didn’t object to the release of the bodycam video. However, the District Attorney’s office and Officer Kerl’s attorney did object.
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