CHARLOTTE, NC – The police video was released on Monday. He shows a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, who shot and killed a man who was armed but did not direct his weapon at the authorities.
The Body Camera Shows Two Policemen On March 27, he approached 27-year-old Danquirs Napoleon Franklin in front of a Burger King and repeatedly called for him to drop his gun. He squats at the open door of a car and looks at someone in the passenger seat.
"Sir, put the gun down," says the officer with the body camera. "Drop the gun!"
Franklin does not move when the police approach him, as the video shows. As they yell at him, Franklin sees him staring at his right hand with an object in it, still facing the person in the passenger seat.
He lowers his hand just at the time the first of the officer's two shots is able to be heard loud video. "Shots fired!" the officer yells into her radio. It had been about 40 seconds since the officer left her cruiser until Franklin was shot dead.
Then she reaches under his body and can be seen picking up a handgun and saying, "I have to take the gun."
Prior to the publication of the footage, the leaders of Charlotte had a press conference to encourage community members to rest after watching what was on display. The protesters had already planned for the release of the video
Mayor Vi Lyles invited the community to a peaceful discourse on what was happening.
"In such moments, we can open ourselves up for a discussion. We can talk about what's in this video," she said. "But I always think about how we react as a community, how we honor the memory of Danquirs Franklin."
Police chief Kerr Putney said the video was hard to see, but showed that Franklin was armed. 19659005] "There is clear and convincing evidence that Mr. Franklin is armed and you will see that in the video," Putney said at a press conference.
Putney said on Monday that the video is what police have always said Franklin refused to drop his gun, and an officer fired after seeing a deadly threat.
A witness told a 911 dispatcher that Franklin was armed and threatened restaurant employees The police used too lethal force too fast.