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Sun Jun 27, 2021, 09:57 PM

Minneapolis Police Were Cleared in the 2013 Killing of Terrance Franklin

Minneapolis Police Were Cleared in the 2013 Killing of Terrance Franklin. A Video Complicates the Story—and Now the Case May Be Reopened

A very long story in TIME magazine

When Terrance Franklin was shot to death in a Minneapolis basement eight years ago, the only witnesses were the five police officers assembled to capture him. Two of them were bleeding—wounded by rounds from a police submachine gun the department declared the young Black man had managed to get control of in a brief struggle, a contest it said ended with Franklin’s death in a fusillade of immediate return fire. The officer who gave the most detailed account said the fatal encounter lasted “seconds.”

Franklin’s death was briefly a major story in the Twin Cities but nowhere else, not least because it was a story told by the police alone. On May 10, 2013, there was no body-camera footage that his skeptical family could demand be released, and no demands on the nightly news for an impartial inquiry. The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) investigated its own officers and concluded they had heroically taken down a would-be cop killer.

But there was a video, and it suggests a different story.

The video, shot by a passerby, begins after Franklin is supposed to be dead. It runs 62 seconds and, in visual terms, reveals nothing of note: cops running up and down a tree-lined street outside a house. The audio, however, captured voices from the basement of that house, whose side door had been opened to retrieve the wounded. Shouts carried up the stairs and onto a soundtrack that seems—on first listening, and even second and third—to be merely a murky cacophony: sirens, voices, radio traffic and, toward the end, the roar of a descending airliner. But with careful listening, and an assist from noise-filtering software, troubling words can be made out.

“Mookie!” some eight seconds into the recording, is the first, according to a forensic audio expert hired by Franklin’s family. “Mookie” had been Franklin’s nickname since childhood, and relatives say they recognize the voice as his. All five officers had sworn the suspect never uttered a word.



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Sun Jun 27, 2021, 10:06 PM

1. This reminds me of something on Rachel Maddow ...

... two or three years ago. She was talking about FBI -- or CIA, I think it was FBI -- agent-involved shootings and the ensuing investigations, ALL of which cleared the agents. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of them. And there were a lot of them, as I recall it was in the hundreds across a time span of quite a few years. My recollection of that is obviously a bit fuzzy now, but the article above makes me wonder, has there ever been an investigation of an officer-involved MPD shooting that didn't clear the officer(s) involved?

-- Ron

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