Justice for Terrance Franklin march in Minneapolis - KMSP-TV

Justice for Terrance Franklin march draws Trayvon Martin parallel

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Friday marks three weeks since a deadly, officer-involved shooting left Terrence Franklin dead and two Minneapolis police officers wounded.

As the Minneapolis Police Department continues its investigation, frustrations have boiled over for Franklin's family and a group of community activists.

Franklin, known to his loved ones as Mookie, would have turned 23 on Thursday.

Friday evening, a "Justice for Terrance Franklin" march will be held at the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis. Organizers of the march, planned for 5:30 p.m., have drawn parallels to the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

"The Twin Cities stood up for Trayvon now let's stand up for Terrance!" event organizers posted on Facebook.

While it is still unknown whether a civil wrongful death suit will be filed, the family on Thursday unleashed accusations of racism by officers at the scene of the shooting, pointing to a YouTube video in which the attorney says the word n----- can be heard twice.

"There's a video that's been on YouTube, taken from across the street where Mookie was killed," attorney Mike Padden said. "At seconds 24 and 26 respectively, there are words that we can here that we presume are from the voice of two separate Minneapolis Police Department officers."


Padden explained that they had the video enhanced to remove background noise and they have no doubts.

"I can tell you we feel very confident that those are the words that are spoken, and if this is true, this is chilling," he said.

After the family's news conference, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau issued a statement that said in part, "It is disappointing that Mr. Franklin's family refuse my offer to meet to give them an inside look at the investigative process and status yet they are free to make public accusations against my officers and question the legitimacy of our investigative practices."


"These accusations are not only preposterous but without merit. When false allegations are made, it negatively impacts the community and damages public trust.

"The video in question shows both MPD and Metro Transit officers. Chief Harrington and I have viewed the video multiple times, amplifying the audio, and hear absolutely no racial epithets whatsoever. The reality is, the comments made by the responding officers were appropriate and clearly relate to aiding the injured officers with a tourniquet. At 26 seconds an officer asks for a tourniquet. This is followed by an officer saying, "I've got a tourniquet right here." An officer then responds about needing a tourniquet in the alley. This video is accessible on YouTube to the public, and we encourage people to view it for themselves.

"This attorney owes the Minneapolis Police Department, Metro Transit Police Department and the community a public apology."

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