The family of a 22-year-old unarmed black man who was killed by the Minneapolis police in 2013 receives an agreement on an unlawful death of $ 795,000, city officials said on Friday.
Terrance Franklin’s death and injury to two police officers on duty have been described as a “tragedy” by Lisa Bender, president of the Minneapolis City Council.
Bender said on Friday that she hoped the deal would “allow everyone to find a solution to move forward.”
Franklin was fatally shot by SWAT city officials who responded to a burglary complaint. The police claimed they were trying to arrest Franklin when he was hiding in the dark basement of a house and that he took one of the officers’ MP5 submachine guns and fired them twice, hitting two of the officers.
But the story of the police was scrutinized. A federal lawsuit challenged officials’ claims that they shot Franklin while fighting for the MP5.
Franklin’s death triggered protests and outrage in the community in Minneapolis and elsewhere. Protesters and civil rights activists continued to question officials’ testimony after an improved version of a viewer-recorded video raised questions about Franklin’s potential threat to the police.
The Franklin family and their lawyers denied the allegations, arguing that the police had not tested the bullet residue found on the body. The possibility that the police shot accidentally or negligently was also ignored, the lawsuit said.
Although blood was found throughout the washroom and on Franklin, the MP5 had no blood on it, according to the lawsuit.
The officials claimed that Franklin had wrested control of the MP5 and shot her. He was shot himself after pointing the gun at one of the officers. District Court judge Donovan W. Frank wrote in a 2016 court memorandum that the family’s lawsuit “raised a real dispute over whether the story was true. According to the plaintiff, officers shot more than 70 seconds between shots.” and the shots that killed Franklin. ”
Franklin’s father, Walter Louis Franklin II, quoted the video in an appeals court. Family lawyers suggested that he tried to surrender when he was shot.
Officials Lucas Peterson and Michael Meath, former chief Janeé Harteau, and the city of Minneapolis were named as those charged with bringing the family to justice, alleging excessive violence, unlawful death, and negligence.
Franklin, who died of multiple gunshot wounds, was attacked during the family dispute following the family lawsuit.
One of the officers admitted in court documents that he hit Franklin in the head, hit him with a flashlight, and put him in a headlock after he said Franklin had disobeyed the orders.
Officials were released after an internal investigation and a large jury said there was insufficient evidence to go to trial.
Bender said the police agency will continue to make policy adjustments, including the use of body-worn cameras, and respond to the request for change with the full support of the city.
Almost 30 unarmed people have been killed by police in Minneapolis in the past two decades, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The Minneapolis Police Department did not comment on the agreement.
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Minneapolis settlement reached by police when an unarmed black man was shot