The Latest: Video shows officer fatally shoot man
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the release of a video showing a fatal shooting by police (all times local):
Authorities in Charlotte, North Carolina, have released video footage of an officer fatally shooting a man who was armed but didn’t point his weapon at police.
The body camera footage released Monday shows two officers approaching 27-year-old Danquirs Napoleon Franklin outside of a Burger King and yelling for him to put his gun down.
Franklin is squatting next to a car and not moving as police approach him. As they shout at him, he can be seen raising his right hand with an object in it. He lowers his hand right around the time when an officer’s first shot can be heard.
After the shooting an officer reaches under his body, says she’s picking up his gun and pulls up a handgun.
Before the video release, city officials urged calm to anyone who may protest.
A North Carolina police chief says video footage that’s about to be released shows a man fatally shot by an officer was armed.
Charlotte leaders held a news conference Monday to urge calm ahead of the scheduled afternoon release of body camera video from March 25 when 27-year-old Danquirs Napoleon Franklin was shot at a Burger King.
City leaders say protests are planned. Mayor Vi Lyles urged the community to engage in a peaceful discourse about what happened.
Police Chief Kerr Putney said that the video is hard to watch but that there is “clear and compelling evidence” that Franklin was armed.
Police have said an officer fired when Franklin refused to drop his weapon. A witness told a 911 dispatcher that he had been threatening restaurant employees.