CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released the full-length body camera video of the moments before, during, and after the fatal police shooting of 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin on March 25.
When CMPD initially released the body-cam video, the public was only able to view two minutes and 20 seconds of an 11-minute video.
WBTV’s Chief Investigative Reporter Nick Ochsner filed a motion that prompted a judge to order CMPD to appear in court and explain why the full body camera video was neither provided to a judge to review or released publicly.
On Tuesday, CMPD was ordered to release the full body camera video of the shooting during a hearing that was to decide whether the department violated an order by not releasing the entire video of the shooting at a Burger King on Beatties Ford Road. The judge ultimately ruled CMPD was not in contempt by showing the full video to City Council before it was released to the public.
Hours before the video release Wednesday, CMPD said their investigation into the officer-involved shooting of Franklin has been completed and the case has been turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.
The District Attorney’s Office confirmed they received the case file Wednesday afternoon.
OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING AT BEATTIES FORD BURGER KING
Franklin was shot by veteran CMPD officer Wende Kerl, who has been a part of the department since 1995, around 9 a.m. on March 25 in the parking lot of the Burger King on Beatties Ford Road.
In the body-cam video, officers Kerl and Larry Deal drew their guns immediately upon getting out of their vehicles. Between the two officers, Franklin was instructed to either “drop the weapon” or “put the gun on the ground” 23 times.
Hours before the release of the 2-minute video, city leaders united outside the Government Center in uptown Charlotte to call for a calm and measured community reaction.
“We owe it to the community for them to see what has been recorded,” said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. “We will all work together – protest is important – people have the right to do that.”
Lyles, visibly emotional as she called for calm across the city, urged a response that is respectful after the release of the video.
n the days after the initial video release, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said she and members of the Charlotte City Council made the decision to view the full video from the shooting upon the advice of the city attorney before the video was made public.
WBTV asked Lyles about the decision to view the full video ahead of Monday’s City Council work session after she and city staff refused to speak on camera or answer specific questions from reporters for days.
“That was a council decision that the city attorney advised us on,” Lyles said. In response to a follow-up question from WBTV, Lyles couldn’t say whether CMPD Chief Kerr Putney had any knowledge of the council reviewing the video.
State law places him in charge of releasing or not releasing the video.