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One racist cop sets the tone for others

If the bystanders video, which includes an audio track of the Terrance Franklin killing is authentic, then the police’s version of what happened should sound something like “Franklin charged the officers in the basement and then used one of the officer’s guns to shoot two other officers in the legs, causing two other officers to shoot him to death…Oh yes, I forgot, during this encounter, one of our officers called him a freaking damn” add the “n” word. Chief Harteau, just last month after two racist incidents by off-duty police officers, said, “There will be no tolerance for this. If an officer knows of racism within the force and does nothing, that officer is also part of the problem.”

There were five officers in that basement, the other four all have kept quiet about the racism. That is a total of five officers the chief can add to her list as being part of the problem. The officer that used the n-word was making a power play, not just upon Franklin, but upon everyone in that basement. Continue Reading →

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What happened to Terence Franklin is inexcusable







By Wayne Nealis

Guest Commentator


I wish to applaud the Spokesman and the reporting and analysis of Ron Edwards in covering the killing of Terrance Franklin by Minneapolis police on May 10. I would not be sufficiently informed to write this letter without your persistent coverage. I live in a neighborhood adjacent to where Franklin died. I am writing to share a perspective on the police response and tactics in pursuing Franklin that I think needs to be part of Chief Janeé Harteau’s investigation, the county attorney’s and the Grand Jury’s deliberations. In addition to the many unanswered questions on what happened that day, we should ask why the police pursued Franklin in the first place. Continue Reading →

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Franklin case goes to county attorney, then Grand Jury — Will another Grand Jury sanction police shootings of young Blacks?



The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) announced two weeks ago that they had completed the investigation into the shooting of T.T. Franklin and forwarded their findings to the Hennepin County Attorney, Mike Freeman. The Star Tribune reported, “The case will get an initial review from the county attorney’s office before it is sent to the grand jury” (Star Tribune, June 7, 2013, “County attorney’s office to review Terrence Franklin shooting”). As Sportin’ Life would say: ”It ain’t necessarily so,” as all evidence is not in. How can the City or the Black community craft response strategies without a finished evidence report (DNA, finger prints, wound analysis, blood, urine, etc., etc.)? On May 18, the MPD said it would take at least four months to complete the forensic investigation and four to five weeks for the final determination from the medical examiner. Continue Reading →

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