Two police officers involved in Terrance Franklin death receive award

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Minneapolis Police Department via Facebook
Officers Ricardo Muro, center left, and Michael Meath, after receiving their honors on Saturday.
In the confusion after the police chase and shooting that left 22-year-old Terrance Franklin dead on May 10, one thing quickly became clear: Two police officers had been shot and rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center.

On Saturday, the two officers -- Michael Meath and Ricardo Muro -- received an honor for their service: the Purple Heart from the Military Order of the Purple Heart's First Responder program, an award bestowed on Minnesota officers killed or injured in the line of duty.

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"Congratulations to both officers for their sacrifice, service and heroism," the MPD posted on its Facebook page.

Both officers are members of the MPD SWAT team, and neither is a stranger to department praise. Since joining the department in October 2001, Muro has racked up two notices as "Special Operations Division Officer of the Month," as well as a Medal of Commendation in 2008, and the Life Saving Award in 2012. Meath, an MPD officer since August 2005, has a similar shelf of medals, including two letters of recognition, plus a special award for his work during the 2007 35W bridge collapse.

The afternoon of May 10, Muro and Meath, along with three other officers and a police dog, were pursuing Franklin when they entered a home at 27th Street and Bryant Avenue South. After searching the house, they found Franklin hiding in the basement. According to the police's account, following a struggle, Franklin gained control of one of the officers' guns, and fired off two rounds. One struck Muro, and the other hit Meath in the legs.

"I remember feeling extremely scared as if I was going to die in the basement along with Officer [Luke] Peterson," Meath later told investigators. "I immediately knew that I had to tend to my gunshot wound. I remember feeling extremely scared because I knew I only had 30 seconds to get the tourniquet on."

Both Meath and Peterson made the decision to use deadly force against Franklin, the police account says.

After reviewing the results of the investigation, a Hennepin County Grand Jury decided not to press charges against the officers, but the events that afternoon remain controversial. Franklin's parents have said they plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

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ebony_is_a_dime
ebony_is_a_dime

THEY KILLED MY BABY HE HAD NO WEAPON PERIOD!!!! N ILL KILL THEM THERE KIDS N YALL WHO TALKING DOWN ON MOOKIE N DIDNT EVEN NO HIM FUCKIN HONKYS!!!!PEOPLE ALWAYS QUICK TO JUDGE I HOPE THEY KILL EVERYONE IN YALL FAMILY BITCHS

Jeremy Norton
Jeremy Norton

The awards were given by a non-government group. This is/was not a City of Mpls, nor an MPD award. The group bestows recognition and plaques to safety officers wounded (significantly) in line of duty.

StinkySteve
StinkySteve

MPD officers should get a starbucks gift card for every thug they send to hell.  Bye bye worthless scumbagTerrance Franklin, thank you very much Minneapolis Police.

Christine Brown
Christine Brown

wow. very tacky. hard to tell what actually happened, but ew. this case is such a mess there should be no awards. extremely insensitive, and i'm not even sure they did anything wrong. bad move, mpd.

DonDavis
DonDavis

Keny1 lives with his mom.

Dana Froehlig
Dana Froehlig

shot by coworkers... some of you commenters have a lack of empathy and blindly believe what mpd says/does to cover their arseholes.... probably sociopathic tendecies.... the same type of people whom believe a marijuana user is a danger to society all while you drink a couple liters a week... yes im profiling which is also what police are trained to do with all who they encounter.... true i may be right or may be wrong.... 90% of people with a criminal record not the monsters that a few mistakes have painted them to be.... i say to you ride your high horses into a raging river or go f*c# yourselves

Aliya Watson
Aliya Watson

They were using racial slurs while in the basement with him....how they were talking doesn't shed them in a very good light.

Le Van Esaw
Le Van Esaw

I just have a hard time with.... While a police dog is attacking you which the dog is trained to take you down how do get a gun away from one officer who is also trained while the dog is attacking you and shoot both officers in the leg then get shot in the back of head. Not saying it couldn't happen but usually when you are attacked by a dog you are first trying to get the dog off you to stop the pain.

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

The Nobel Prize for Executing Negroes in Basements Without Trials

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

they put their lives on the line everday..yes they deserve it

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

If any of you ever get shot , don't call them. They were injured in the line of duty but a criminal, (has any one looked up terrance's record?) he ran from them, pulled the officers gun and shot 2 police officers, it cost him his life, Im sorry for that, but if he had ran into my house I would have shot him before the cops got there to protect myself,

Ryan Schoen
Ryan Schoen

To bad these 2 lil bitches didn't catch one to the head

Cindi Lene
Cindi Lene

No reward when a death occurs! TERRIBLE! However Franklin should never have run from police, hands up give yourself up! There is always consequences for your actions

Stuart Allen
Stuart Allen

Mpd are all corrupt and need they all need to be under investigation at the least

jo1glex
jo1glex

Militarizing and fetishizing the police is a terrible sign for a Democratic Republic in the first place.  But these guys, if one believes their story, got disarmed by a guy they outnumbered 4-1, and shot with their own machine-pistol?  So much less than getting fired, which is what their performance calls out for; much less than getting completely re-trained, which seems to be the very least that should happen, they get awards.  Wow.  No wonder we get the results we get.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

Yes i think they do. they were injured during the whole situation.... Unfortunately a young man lost his life ultimately. But that shouldn't take from the fact they were injured themselves.

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

Giving a "purple heart" to cops is a bad idea. We've got enough problems already with cops pretending to be soldiers. That mindset does not need to be encouraged.

Joshua Fest
Joshua Fest

Absolutley not. These officers deserved to know what it feels like to not have there son or daughter come home. I know that's harsh but what they did to terrance franklin was worse. and the biker that they ran over

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Whether or not they DESERVE it, giving it to them is yet another ham-handed move by the Minneapolis Police department.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Le Van Esaw solid point. also, as soon as you touch the mutt biting you you have assaulted the MPD and you're dead

ebony_is_a_dime
ebony_is_a_dime

N BITCH U CAN B THE NEXT.....DIE SLOW WITH A DICK DOWN YOU N YOUR KIDS MOUTH


ebony_is_a_dime
ebony_is_a_dime

ANOTHER THING U DUMB ASS BITCH DID U READ THE COPS RECORD!! RIGHT!!!


ebony_is_a_dime
ebony_is_a_dime

BITCH THATS THE STORY THEY GAVE YALL DUMB BASS CAN HE REALLY FIGHT OFF A DOG N 10 SWAT MEMBERS BITCH THINK ABOUT IT!!!! YES HE RAN SO THAT DONT MEAN KILL HIM!!!!! DONT U THINK BLACK PEOPLE TIERD OF GETTING BEAT BY THE POLICE....WELL MOOKIE WAS BITCH!!!!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Kathie Carlson you coward youpolice sympathizer  - nothing you say is true

AssHat
AssHat

@Kathie Carlson Liar 

Southsider
Southsider

@Ryan Schoen Easy now!  Jesus Christ

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@jo1glex great point and analysis

i think thechive.com is also helping to fetishize police and military. Chive is nothng more than clever propaganda reinforcing the establishment while appearing as anti -establishment and counter culture

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Edward Bertsch so true...  gimme a break... they dont deserve a purple heart

ludwitr
ludwitr

@Joshua Fest Didn't the guy on the bike hit the rear quarter panel of the vehicle?  Hardly seems the cops ran him over if that's the case...

Realist
Realist

@Bob Alberti You're not that bright are you? The department didn't award them the medals. They got them from a private organization. Dolt.

jcarolnye
jcarolnye

@ludwitr The police entered a blind intersection and the motorcyclist ran into the rear of the vehicle. This was AFTER the "suspect" was dead, and the cops knew that. Witnesses said the cops were going very fast, but the police story is different. I believe the witnesses. It actually wouldn't matter what speed they entered the intersection at because they were endangering lives. And they killed a young man and failed to show any concern for his injured passenger. But the police get away with everything. 

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