Terrence Franklin's family says recording captures him pleading for his life [VIDEO]

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The MPD says it was self-defense. Franklin's family says it was murder.
No Minneapolis cops will be charged in connection with the fatal May 10 officer-involved shooting of burglary suspect Terrence Franklin, but his family still intends to proceed with a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

THE BACKSTORY: MPD Chief Harteau on Terrence Franklin shooting: His actions "dictated the outcome"

One piece of evidence they're already presenting to reporters is footage shot by someone who was across the street when Franklin was shot and killed in the basement of a home on the 2700 block of Bryant Avenue South.

Franklin's father, Walter Franklin, told the Star Tribune the video captures his son saying "Man, let me go" before he was shot and killed.

The implication is that police murdered Franklin after he had already been apprehended. The MPD maintains Franklin was shot eight times by two officers defending themselves from an out-of-control suspect who had already shot two officers.

As we told you in May, Mike Padden, the attorney representing Franklin's family, believes the very same footage captures Minneapolis cops referring to Franklin as a "damn freaking [N-word]." MPD Chief Janeé Harteau characterized those allegations as "not only preposterous but without merit" and demanded an apology from Padden (she never received it).

The Star Tribune report explains the connection between the two allegations:
Franklin's parents insisted again on Tuesday that someone who they said is a police officer can be heard saying, "Damn freaking (racial epithet)" 26 seconds into the video. They say their son's voice can be heard just after that phrase.

Padden, who has said he will likely file a wrongful-death lawsuit, said the epithet and Franklin's voice could be heard outside on the street because radios worn by the police officers in the basement were broadcasting the sounds to officers outside.
Judge for yourself -- is there anything to what Franklin's father is saying? Here's the video -- listen close starting around the 26 second mark:



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glitch242
glitch242

people hear what they want to hear to justify actions, the lawyers hear a cash register, the family hears pleading, i hear nothing, bottom line , why were the cops there ? because of a crime was/has been committed,  why was the kid running ? because he is a criminal, b4 you start to throw around the color card , im a white male that got jumped by a group black kids DT Mpls, the black cop street cops i ran into simply said, "thats what you get for being where you shouldn't white boy" maybe they should assign cop calls by race , like when the woman cops do a  body search woman criminals, you dont have to be white to be raciest, just have to be dumb, 

the dude played the game, and he lost, now he's taking a nap

kyl3wyld
kyl3wyld

I couldn't understand a word in that video. Probably the biggest tragedy here is that the Lawyer is preying on the families emotions when he probably realizes that there isn't enough evidence to prove guilt.

Nita Vs Nene
Nita Vs Nene

Yeah I agree but sorry Im not one of them. I think it was a heated situation it was a lot going on that day and things just got out of hand. But being shot more than 5 times is just over kill.

Nita Vs Nene
Nita Vs Nene

And if they did have to stop him from grabbing the gun and being so forceful why was he shot so many times? (rhetorical question)

Nita Vs Nene
Nita Vs Nene

Sure I would have this is not a race thing. This is about some cops one who is Lucas Peterson who has a history of being as asshole not only to Terrance but other ppl as well. This man has 13 excessive complaints by 13 different people.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

"Let me go, man." = pleading for his life?  I don't think so. He had broken into 2 houses at that point and led the cops on a car and foot chase. I don't think the cops were going to "let him go, man,"

Nita Vs Nene
Nita Vs Nene

Yeah I heard the recording it was shocking and sad.

really
really

@Nita Vs Nene fuck off

scott_j1
scott_j1

@Nita Vs Nene it was a fully automatic weapon, meaning that when you touch the trigger is shoots multiple bursts... meaning many rounds.  

really
really

@Nita Vs Nene you're right, it's not about race. tf broken into someone's house after fleeing from the cops. so a cop has 13 complaints, how many priors did tf have? lets not forget he was wanted for robbery.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@keny1 i cant wait until the race war is upon us. your ticket will get punched first

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@digitalprotocol FUCK a-holes who break into peoples houses. They deserve what they get.

really
really

@Nita Vs Nene If you hear anything on this recording you are a shocking and sad product of a broken home, absent parents, and a piss poor public school system. 

keny1
keny1

@Nita Vs Nene 

Yes, it is shocking and sad that 2 police officers were shot.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@scott_j1 the police have already claimed that the weapon was on single shot...thanks for the gun insight though nerd

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@MNjoe @digitalprotocol whatever cop sympathizer... he broke into the house because the cops were trying to kill him... and they did

why did he deserve to die? who believes that Franklin got the cops mp5 - so ridiculous

amerius1967
amerius1967

And being that Lucas Peterson was one of the cops that is questionable he has 13 excessive complaints and have cost the tax payers over 3 million dollars in lawsuits.

amerius1967
amerius1967

Ok they were shot not killed no one is saying Terrance was this perfect person but being shot more than 5 times is over kill. And its still shocking that he was able to unsecure their mp5.

bryanwade3
bryanwade3

@digitalprotocol @really @bryanwade3 @keny1 

Well hopefully one of his homeboys will break into your house and you can talk your way out of the situation and explain to him everything he's done is a right of passage for being a young black male from the Ghetto. And since you wont call the police you'll have plenty of time unless he shoots you of course !!!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@really @digitalprotocol @bryanwade3 @keny1 

 @really @digitalprotocol @bryanwade3 @keny1 Really?  all those charges are BS petty non criminal shit. im sure that 2nd degree assault was for resisting arrest while cops beat his ass.

i never siad he was OK guy- just sayng his rap sheet is pretty tame...

are you a realist or what? use your head and consider his life. 

all those charges are from when he was 17 -18 and 19 - who gives a fuck about your dumb rules when youre 19

really
really

@digitalprotocol @bryanwade3 @keny1 Are you some kind of professional shithead? What kind of gigantic cunt can look at this guy's priors and think he was an ok guy? You're just a shitstain yourself. 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@bryanwade3 @digitalprotocol @keny1 i say this to all gun nuts...

if you're really playing with guns, why would you be concerened with what the law is?

if im running around with a strap, the last thing i would think about is rules regarding ownign and buying guns. 

its america, guns are given away in raffles

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@MNjoe ya so why not blame the cop. not too much of a reach to think his buddies covered his ass. we see it all the time

bryanwade3
bryanwade3

@digitalprotocol @keny1    

 SEEMS LIKE A NICE KID ... 


02-CR-07-6952 Franklin, Terrence Terrell05/30/199008/01/2007AnokaCrim/Traf MandatoryClosedDrivers' Licenses - Driving without a Valid LicenseTraffic Regulation-Uninsured Vehicle-Driver ViolationTraffic Regulation - Vehicle Lighting; Lights to Be Displayed

27-CR-08-59274
Franklin, Terrence Terrell05/30/199011/30/2008Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty DowntownCrim/Traf MandatoryClosedDisorderly ConductDOMESTIC ASSAULT-MISDEMEANOR-COMMITS ACT TO CAUSE FEAR OF IMMEDIATE BODILY HARM OR DEATH 

27-CR-08-643344080078555FRANKLIN, TERRANCE TERRELL05/30/199012/30/2008Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty SouthdaleCrim/Traf MandatoryClosedTheft-Take/Use/Transfer movable property without consent 

27-CR-09-13573
Franklin, Terrence Terrell05/30/199003/13/2009Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty BrookdaleCrim/Traf MandatoryClosedFleeing - Other Than a Motor Vehicle

62SU-CR-09-3006
Franklin, Terrence Terrell05/30/199003/30/2009Ramsey Criminal/Traffic/Petty SuburbanCrim/Traf MandatoryClosedGive Peace Officer False Name/Birthdate/ID CardDrivers License-Driving Without a Valid License or Vehicle Class/Type; Multiple Licenses Prohibited 

27-CR-09-38703
Franklin, Terrence Terrell05/30/199008/04/2009Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty DowntownScherer, Richard S.Crim/Traf MandatoryClosedTerroristic ThreatsAssault in the Fifth Degree 

27-CR-09-41214
Franklin, Terrence Terrell05/30/199008/18/2009Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty DowntownScherer, Richard S.Crim/Traf MandatoryClosedProhibited Person In Possession of a Firearm

 02-CR-10-689302061004899FRANKLIN, TERRENCE TERRELL05/30/199008/30/2010AnokaCrim/Traf MandatoryUnder Court JurisdictionTHEFT-TAKE/USE/TRANSFER MOVABLE PROP-NO CONSENT

2-CR-11-2553
Franklin, Terrence Terrell05/30/199001/31/2011Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty DowntownOleisky, AllenCrim/Traf MandatoryClosedAssault-2nd Degree-Dangerous WeaponAssault-2nd DegreeDangerous Weapon 

27-CR-12-11542
Franklin, Terrence Terrell05/30/199004/13/2012Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty BrookdaleCrim/Traf MandatoryUnder Court JurisdictionTraffic-Drivers License-Driving After SuspensionDrugs - Possess/Sale Small Amount of Marijuana                                                                                                  

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@MNjoe you dont see anything problematic with him being able to grab an MP5 and shooting two cops with it? seems like the cops failed hard

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @MNjoe Whatever asshole...I hate to agree with Keny on anything but you are a fkn moron. The cops were not trying to kill him, they were trying to catch him. They killed him because he had grabbed a weapon and had shot 2 cops.  And why did he break into the first house - got an excuse for that too?  I'd bet my paycheck that this wasn't the first house he'd ever broken into - and if he was confronted by a homeowner - he'd have probably beaten or killed them. Glad this worthless POS is off the streets - there are probably hundreds of crimes that are not going to happen thanks to the work of these cops.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@keny1 please enlighten us, i dont waste time looking up subjective records on citizens. dead or alive. 

you still dont get to judge others or mandate their death because of "laws"

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@keny1 who are you to judge others? 

you are a worthless internet thug, you should die too.

you probably support george zimmermans fat loser ass

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