In this frame grab of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police body camera released Monday, April 15, 2019, shows two officers approaching the 27-year-old Danquirs Napoleon Franklin outside a Burger King on March 29, 2019 in Charlotte, NC. Franklin was shot and killed. (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police via AP)
CHARLOTTE, N. C. – Police video released Monday shows an officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, fatally shooting a man who was armed, but not the point of his weapon to the authorities.
The body camera footage shows two officers approaching the 27-year-old Danquirs Napoleon Franklin outside a Burger King on March 25, and repeatedly calling him to put his gun down. He is on his haunches by the open door of a car, facing someone in the passenger seat.
“Sir, put the gun down,” says the officer wearing the body camera. “Leave the gun!”
Franklin does not move as the police to him, the video shows. If they yell at him, Franklin can be seen raising his right hand with an object in it, still with a view on the person in the chair.
He lowers his hand around the time that the first two photos of the official can be heard, according to the video. “Shots!” the officer yells into her radio. About 40 seconds had elapsed from the time the officer exited her cruiser when Franklin was shot.
She reached under his body and can be seen picking up a gun, saying: “I have to pick up the gun.”
Before the release of the images, Charlotte leaders held a press conference to urge members of the community to calm down after seeing of what is. She noticed that the protests had been planned, even before the video release.
Mayor Vi Lyles urged the community to participate in a peaceful discourse about what happened.
“It is in these moments that we are open for discussion and debate. We can talk about what’s on the video,” she said. “But what I always think about how we respond as a community reflects how we honor the memory of Danquirs Franklin.”
The police Kerr Putney said the video is hard to watch, but it shows proof that Franklin was armed.
“There is clear and convincing evidence that Mr. Franklin is armed. You will see” on the video, Putney said at a press conference.
Putney said Monday that the video is consistent with what the police said, that Franklin refused to take his weapon and an officer fired after the perception of a deadly threat.
A witness told a 911 dispatcher that Franklin was armed and had threatened restaurant employees.
But since the shooting, some have wondered, or had the police were too quick to use lethal force.