Activists gather after video of officer shooting, killing armed man is released

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Community members gather in Marshall Park to protest the fatal shooting of Danquirs Franklin.

Charlotte city leaders are urging community members to remain peaceful following the release of body camera footage from the day an armed man was fatally shot by a CMPD officer in uptown Charlotte. 

The video was released Monday morning. Around 6:30 p.m., protestors began gathering in Marshall park holding signs with sayings like “terrorists wear blue,” “state-sanctioned murder,” and “don’t call the cops on black people.”

This is all in response to the death of Danquirs Franklin, who was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Burger King at 2601 Beatties Ford Road on March 25.

LINK: Body cam footage released after CMPD officer shoots and kills armed man

Franklin was reportedly brandishing a gun and threatened an employee before running out the restaurant. When officers arrived at the scene and told Franklin to drop his weapon multiple times before Officer Wende Kerl fired the fatal shots.

In the video you see Franklin pulling the weapon away from his body when he is shot. He’s then heard saying in the video, "You asked me to...," before collapsing. He was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

“This video is beyond troubling. Those of us in positions of leadership cannot continue to be silent on issues like these - we have a responsibility to do more to stop this from happening in the future. Building trust between the community and law enforcement is a deliberate process that requires hard work. I am very concerned that this shooting makes building that trust even harder than before," state representative Chaz Beasley said in a statement, 

Less than 12 hours after Franklin was shot, activists were gathering in the Burger King parking lot, writing in chalk on the ground “CMPD killed him,” “Rest easy.” Posters were also being held with sayings like “He didn’t have to die,” “Say his name.” A memorial remained there overnight.

LINK: Investigations, demonstrations continue after officer fatally shoots armed man

The next day, they gathered at the sight of the incident again, and a small group marched over to a CMPD station and stood outside rallying.

On Monday, dozens lit candles, wrote messages on the ground and carried signs again. They’re hoping to get the attention of city leaders with their action.