Terrance Franklin

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Useable fingerprints ‘12 percent of the time’

The March 6 Star Tribune article about the found gun and sock that are being linked to Terrance Franklin has the police telling us that a certain study/report has shown that only “12 percent of the time are there usable fingerprints on a weapon.” This handgun that was found had no fingerprints or DNA from Franklin on it, but the sock is said to have Franklin’s DNA on it. Deputy Chief Kris Arneson was asked if the sock and gun were proof that Franklin was armed on the day he was shot. She said she couldn’t comment on that, but then said “people can draw their own conclusions.”

He wasn’t armed when he was shot. Are you armed even when you are unarmed if you were armed earlier in the day? Just what is the City of Minneapolis trying to do here? Continue Reading →

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Mpls police attempt to sully character of Terrance Franklin

News Analysis

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

The Star Tribune headlines read “New DNA evidence in Franklin case” and “Terrance Franklin DNA tied to gun.” The headlines referenced a press conference held by Minneapolis police last week revealing supposed new evidence that a neighbor near where Franklin was killed found a gun that supposedly had been in Franklin’s possession on the day he was killed by police. According to the police, the gun was in a sock, and Terrance’s DNA was on the sock. However, Terrance’s DNA was not on the gun, nor were fingerprints found on the gun. So police appear to be saying now that Franklin had a gun when he was pursued by police but stashed it up the block before hiding in the house where he met his demise. However, the police said in the press conference that this is not the conclusion they are drawing. Continue Reading →

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The MSR 2013 year in review

The local Black press continues to publish stories “from our own lens”
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

This year, 2013, was historic as well as a year-long full of highs and lows: Two MSR reporters were among the national and international press that covered America’s first Black president’s second inauguration in January. Said Atlanta Daily World reporter Kenya King, a member of the Black press who was covering the Obama inauguration for the second time, “I’m here to capture…the moment of this historic occasion [and] to make sure that the message that should get across, does get across.”

A ‘new Black agenda’ was discussed by the Council on Black Minnesotans and others during the organization’s Lobby Day at the State Capitol on March 19. The MSR asked several Blacks in attendance that day if they felt new voices and perhaps a new message is needed from Black Minnesotans. “I think it is time for new voices to be heard,” believed Greater Friendship Missionary

Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Billy Russell in our March 28 front-page story. The MSR also continued its coverage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the introduction of MNsure, the state’s new health-insurance exchange program and how the new healthcare law will benefit Blacks. Continue Reading →

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Blaming both drivers for fatal cop chase makes no sense

Sgt. Andrew Brumm of the State Patrol Major Crash Reconstruction Unit said he “found nothing in his investigation to indicate that the Minneapolis police officer Joshua Young saw the oncoming motorcyclist Ivan Romero.” So what does this tell us? It really tells us nothing except that maybe Young didn’t see Romero because he didn’t give himself enough time to adequately look. The Star Tribune November 15 article “No charges in fatal cop chase” says that according to the crash reconstruction report, the collision was the fault of both drivers.” If it was an SUV running a red light and a police officer on a motorcycle going through the green light, and the cop crashes into the SUV, it is safe to say the reconstruction report would not fault both drivers. Most of the blame for Romero’s death, which happened on the day of the Terrance Franklin killing, is being put on Romero. Continue Reading →

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Life is cheap

It makes sense to me that the standards for a society are set by people in the highest positions of leadership and responsibility. So when the folks at the top operate in certain ways it can only be assumed it’s out of their perspective or an acceptable perception. I am always fascinated by the average citizens misunderstanding of what their government is about or up to. I am also always amazed at the naïveté of those who think that the armed bodies of men (and women) that we suppose are here to protect us are our protectors rather than protectors of the status quo. If I were to access the actions by those in charge and in power, I would assume that life is cheap. Continue Reading →

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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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Family of Terrance Franklin: ‘We will fight’

Attorney suspects cover-up of one officer’s ‘anger decision’ 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 Click here for Terrence Franklin autopsy report file

 

After a grand jury decision to not bring charges against Minneapolis police for the shooting death of Terrance Franklin, his family still feels justice has not been done and plans to file a civil wrongful-death suit against the City in about 30 days. Attorney Michael Padden said during a September 26 press conference in downtown Minneapolis that the Franklin family still seeks “a leveled playing field” and will continue to pursue justice for their son. “The primary reason

 

that “They killed my son,” added Walter Franklin, Terrance’s father. The MSR afterwards spoke exclusively to Walter Franklin. “I technically can’t tell anyone how I feel about [losing] someone very close to you, this being your first seed,” said Franklin. 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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Don’t let the radicals say anything

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there is a theme to the 50th year commemorative marches held in Washington DC and in cities all over the country last weekend, it had to be “don’t let the ‘real’” activists speak. I think the decision not to include people who shared Martin Luther King’s vision that this system that features the triplets of racism, materialism and militarism has to be changed, is indicative of just how far we have not come in 50 years. Of course the radicals ironically were not allowed to speak at the original march either. In fact, the entire thing was orchestrated from beginning to end. Malcolm X called them out at the time. Continue Reading →

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County Attorney Freeman on Terrance Franklin case: ‘It’ll be up to a grand jury’ — MSR inquires into historical failures to prosecute police for misconduct

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 

Historically, many local Blacks believe that no matter what evidence is presented, nothing happens to Minneapolis police officers for misconduct against people of color. The May 10 death of Terrance Franklin, reportedly at the hands of City police, has thus far done nothing to erase such beliefs. A common theme expressed during recent public demonstrations is that the city’s Black community has no confidence in the police department investigating Franklin’s death or in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office that might or might not do anything to the responsible officer or officers for acts of misconduct. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman pledges that his office will do anything in its power to see that justice is done in the Franklin case. Freeman spoke one-on-one with the MSR last week for nearly an hour. Continue Reading →

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