MPD, witnesses differ on accounts of motorcycle accident that killed Ivan Romero [PHOTOS]

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Jocelin Torrejon (left) and Ivan Romero
"His girlfriend was on the back of the bike -- the person that he loves the most in his life," a friend of Ivan's told WCCO. "He's not going to be reckless with that."
:::: UPDATE :::: Terrence Franklin shot multiple times by MPD, but it's unclear whether he fired a shot himself

Last night, an MPD news release provided officers' account of the tragic Friday afternoon accident that killed 24-year-old Minneapolis resident Ivan Romero and left his girlfriend, Jocelin Torrejon, injured.

THE BACKSTORY: MPD shootings: Cops shot with own gun, biker had green light when fatally hit by squad car

But the MPD's account differs from what witnesses have said about the chain of events that led to a squad car and Romero's motorcycle colliding while police rushed to apprehend 22-year-old burglary suspect Terrence Franklin, who was later involved in an altercation with two cops who were shot with their own guns inside a home at 2717 Bryant Avenue South. Franklin was ultimately shot and killed himself.

Here's what the MPD news release has to say about the fatal motorcycle accident:
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Romero and Torrejon
Initial reports from independent witness accounts, accident reconstruction, and video review show that the involved squad was travelling well below the posted speed limit as it approached the intersection and at the time of impact. It is clear from video evidence that the motorcycle struck the rear passenger side of the squad car as it proceeded through the intersection with red lights and siren both activated.
That account differs from what media outlets, citing witnesses, have reported. For instance, consider this report from the Star Tribune:
According to witnesses, Torrejon, the female passenger, was injured when the police SUV hit the back of the bike, throwing both riders off.
And here's WCCO's report, which differs from both the MPD's account and from what the Strib reported:
[S]ources told WCCO that the motorcycle hit the back passenger side of the SUV, which was going through the intersection on a red light with lights and sirens at 50 mph.
A Fox 9's report published this morning cites Romero's friends and pins pretty much all the blame for the accident on police:
Ivan's family friends tell FOX 9 the officer was speeding, rushing to get to the police shooting on Bryant Avenue South on Friday. They told FOX 9 the officer did not have his sirens on.
Meanwhile, the MPD news release also identifies the two officers who were shot during the altercation with Franklin -- 7-year veteran officer Michael Meath and 11-year veteran officer Ricardo Muro. Those two, along with Torrejon, remain in "satisfactory" condition at HCMC.

The news release also acknowledges what KSTP first reported: That Meath and Muro were shot by a police-issued firearm. (KSTP is now reporting the officers were shot in the legs.) From the MPD (emphasis ours):
Preliminary indications are that the suspect was involved in an intense physical altercation with officers, including a K9. At some point during the altercation the suspect tried to gain control of an officer's firearm, which is an MP5. Shots were fired during the struggle. Exactly who fired and how many times has not yet been determined. Autopsy results from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner are still pending as are forensics tests from evidence recovered in this case. Both are critical in helping our investigators gain a complete and accurate picture of what transpired yesterday afternoon.
Finally, some social media photos of Terrence Franklin are circulating around the internet. Here's one:

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Franklin's family told Fox 9 yesterday they hadn't yet been allowed to see Terrence's body are in disbelief that a seemingly "good person" with a 4-year-old son would die in a shootout with the cops.

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motherslove
motherslove

I am a black Afro American mother who has raised six children, never been on welfare, educated with degrees, youngest son is in college; youngest daughter, an artist and musician, performs for MCPhail Music, art is displayed at the art museum, but guess what?  My youngest son who goes to college, works everyday, minds his own business, is constantly harassed by police just sitting on the porch with friends on private property.  Go figure! I don't want to hear about the reason that young Franklin is dead is because of his upbringing because it has little to do with it when you are Afro American.  C apish?  You are an idiot and must have been raised that way right?

Amanda Archote
Amanda Archote

The article states that video exists "It is clear from video evidence that the motorcycle struck the rear passenger side of the squad car". If it does, then it should be a no brainer. While the MPD certaonly makes mistakes I'd beg to differ that they are ALWAYS in the wrong.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

cops run lights and speed like crazy with no sirens or lights all the time

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

Most likely the footage will end up "missing."

Adam Jones
Adam Jones

Was the police car involved in a collision with the motorcycle equipped with a video camera? That should clear a lot of this up pretty quickly.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Friday afternoon I saw a squad car turn--fast, squealing tires and all, nearly up on the two driver-side wheels-- from west-bound 42nd street to northbound Park Ave. in S. Mpls. at around 3:30 PM, and simply FLY up Park.  Had to be doing 60 mph by Phelps Park.  He had lights and sirens on, and Park is a wide one-way street.  If the officer was responding to the situation on Bryant, and it times out about right, they were in complete full-panic mode at that time and just running around like maniacs.

No doubt they will smear the dead motorcyclist, and their investigation will find that they followed appropriate procedures.  And then the envelopes of cash will go out, redeemable for signed non-disclosure agreements.

Chris Pederson
Chris Pederson

it's not surprising that eye witness accounts vary, human are remarkable bad at it.

keny1
keny1

I can hear Mah-Maw right now:

"OH MUH BAY-BAY TERRENCE WAS SUCH A GOOD BOY!!  HE WOULD NEVA DO DIS!!  HE WAS AN HONOR STOO-DANT!!"

mrdave
mrdave

Shouldn't there be video evidence from a dashcam on one or more of the MPD vehicles showing exactly what happened? Or did that footage get "lost?"

Derp
Derp

MPD always does this kind of crap to protect their own.  Remember that routine traffic stop where the young trigger happy officer put like half a dozen in a 65yo woman for no reason at all?  Same thing.

keny1
keny1

@swmnguy Why don't you go and be a cop for one day. Why don't you go and spend 8 hours having to deal with the shit that these cops go through everyday. No, of course you wouldn't. Because if you had to go to a shooting call, you would be screaming for mommy. Yes, the cop should be accountable for his mistake. Like I said, he should be fired. But you vilify him, not standing in his shoes, at this particular moment when his brothers are in danger. If you hate the cops so much, if someone breaks into your house at night, remember not to call them. Call your local DFL affiliate. They will be be there is about 8 hours after you are shot to death. 

motherslove
motherslove

you were not there, do not know the circumstances, therefore you should keep your opinions to yourself.  Are you a member of the KKK?

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@keny1 There is little to no controversy as to Young Mr. Franklin's role in this debacle.  Obviously if he had been acting right and minding his own business this entire travesty of police procedure would never have unfolded.  Why would you find it worth doing to mock a grieving mother on Mother's Day, with racist impersonations no less?  That seems gratuitously cruel, even for you.

Derp
Derp

@mrdave I want to know if dash cams can be open to public.  I only ever see them when they're in favor of police actions.  

motherslove
motherslove

@Derp NOT TO MENTION THE MANY TIMES THEY HAVE KILLED PEOPLE WHO HAD MENTAL DISABILITIES.  MINNESOTA POLICE HAVE NO TRAINING IN HUMAN RELATIONS, THEY THINK EVERYTHING IS A JOKE; THEY USE THEIR BADGES FOR A LICENSE TO KILL IT IS A SHAME.  MANY TIMES HAD I NOT INTERVENED, MY YOUNGEST SON WOULD BE DEAD TODAY FOR NOTHING!

motherslove
motherslove

@Derp I hear you talking.  i am appalled at the way people stereotype African Americans as : Welfare queens and Kings, there are more white individuals on welfare, a fact and it was designed for the white society not for blacks do your homework!!

motherslove
motherslove

@keny1 @swmnguy you must not keep up with what really happened to the squad car hitting the motorcycle?  The incident involving Franklin was long over, maybe about 45 minutes or so.  Why was he responding to something that was over?

czootzoot
czootzoot

Yo you're getting the wrong idea here, not one person is arguing that they weren't doing their job, because they were.  It just sucks that they killed an innocent man and messed his girlfriends life up forever.  The MPD should pay the price for this.  Give the girl and her boyfriends family seven figures and put a scholarship in his name.

jo1glex
jo1glex

@motherslove  Don't fall for it, "motherslove."  "Keny1" is what is known as a sanctioned clickbait troll.  He may not actually be paid by CityPages, but he has an agreement with them.  He is allowed to post insulting and inflammatory comments to provoke responses.  This increases the number of page-views, and allows CityPages to charge more for ad space.  "Keny1" probably does believe more or less what he posts, but it is not an honest, spontaneous conversation between readers.  It's artificial pot-stirring to get people riled up. Feel free to show the anger caused, but be aware that your leg is being pulled on purpose.

motherslove
motherslove

@swmnguy @keny1  ARE YOU KIDDING ME OR YOURSELF? THERE IS PLENTY OF CONTROVERSY TO GO AROUND AND AROUND.  THE WHOLE ACCOUNT OF WHAT HAPPENED IS GARBAGE, EVEN A TWO YEAR OLD CAN SEE THAT THE ACCOUNT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT JUST DOES NOT ADD UP!

keny1
keny1

@swmnguy I feel no empathy for a "mother" who raised a criminal thug and then expects society to feel sorry for her. No one is shedding one fucking tear over his death. He was a waste of oxygen. The only thing he combrituted to society is crime and a welfare baby. Good Riddens. The sad part of this whole thing is that for one sub-human filth who met his fate, there will be 9000 others who will take his place. Why can't we just admit that there is a severe problem within the African American community? And no, it has nothing to do with "racism" It has to do with the fact that there is an inherent problem with African Americans. Even they admit that. But the white-guilt Liberals such as yourself REFUSE to. YOU ARE THE PROBLEM.

motherslove
motherslove

@mingtran you are absolutely correct.  there is a warfare on young black men in America.  did you realize that Afro Americans are still being linched on trees in America?

motherslove
motherslove

@keny1 @swmnguy that is so cruel to say.  How do you know how she raised him, you were not there when the young man was killed, you do not know the circumstances, you are an opinionated fool!!

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

@keny1 @swmnguy  Keny, people like you just feed negativity into an already unstable social class system. I feel like you are a coward hiding behind a computer, willing to say whatever you want because your identity is hidden. 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Stop trying to stifle truth. Be the alt-weekly you supposedly are, not a vehicle for corporate schills.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

More money thrown at the problem isn't the solution, we know this because it's been tried and has failed every time. What we need is a complete paradigm shift. People don't understand that we create the lines, we make the rules. The system is not inherent.

Don't forget about racist social welfare programs and prison systems as well

TC4L
TC4L

Have to agree with this.  After living in B.P. most my life and in South B.P. for a few years now, it's obvious that this inheritance of uneducated and "I want it all for nothing" mentality gets handed down.  We really need to invest in better schooling and role models within these communities.  I'd be more than happy to help out.  keny1 may disagree to pay money to this but I don't see any other way. 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

It's all racism Keny. The gov's goal is to turn black people into niggers. Niggers need the gov to to survive, which means they will always support the government. Why black people continually fall for the trap is anyones guess.

marevitals
marevitals

@keny1 @swmnguy "White Guilt Liberals" my goodness keny if you haven't proved yourself to be a flaming pile of shit already the last couple of comments will help other readers realize how much of a sociopath you are. Enjoy hell (which is your conscience) and tell your wife and kids (wait you have none) that daddy is a stand up piece of flaming shit. 

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