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TERRENCE FRANKLIN: Grand jury declines to charge Minneapolis officers

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The grand jury considering he officer-involved shooting of Terrence Franklin rendered a decision on Thursday, deciding not to file charges against the officers who killed him.

At a press conference announcing the decision, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said the Minneapolis Police Department had a "thorough" and "complete" investigation of the May 10 shooting.

Grand jurors heard testimony from 19 witnesses -- including 11 sworn officers, four expert witnesses and four civilians -- over the shooting of the 22-year-old.

The attorney representing Franklin's family said his clients are "not surprised" no indictment will be filed; however, they do want to see evidence and a civil lawsuit may still be filed.

Franklin's family said that even now, they have not seen the autopsy report. Now, they are anxious to see it and hear some of the testimony to learn how Franklin's DNA allegedly got on an officer's gun.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau presented the department's findings at a press conference at 7 p.m., saying, "Franklin's actions dictated the outcome of that day." 

"I fully support the actions of my officers and agree with the decision of the grand jury," Harteau continued.

The presentation from Minneapolis police incorporated official statements, 911 calls, and physical evidence including DNA and forensics.

HARTEAU'S FULL STATEMENT

"Terrence Franklin's actions dictated the outcome on May 10th. This was a tragic day for the city of Minneapolis, every officer involved and their families. I am forever grateful that the officers survived and their wounds were not fatal. But make no mistake, those wounds both physical and emotional run deep for every officer who responded.

I do want to extend my sympathies to Walter & Sheila Franklin. No parent should ever have to bury a child.

This could have had a different outcome. Terrence Franklin had numerous opportunities to surrender, but it was clear by his actions, that from the beginning he had made the decision not to get caught at any cost. Terrence struck a squad; fled the scene; placed his own 9-11 call to divert officers from his location; kicked in a door and burglarized a home; fought officers & a K9 dog; and finally shot and wounded two Minneapolis police officers. Mr. Franklin's actions dictated the outcome that day.

Minneapolis police officers like all officers, go to work each day, not knowing what dangers their shift might bring them. Our first responders put on their uniform every day never knowing if they will come home to their families, but they do it anyway with pride and integrity.

Our officers have taken an oath to protect and serve the public and it is their job to answer your calls for help and this is exactly what they did on May 10th. These officers deserve our support and our gratitude."

A CHASE, A SHOOTING

Minneapolis police officers shot and killed Franklin in the basement of a home in Uptown. Police were trying to arrest him amid a robbery investigation, but they say Franklin fled in his car and then on foot, eventually breaking into the home on Bryant Avenue South.

Police say Franklin attempted to take a gun from an officer, which prompted the fatal shooting; however, Franklin's family members -- who knew him as Mookie -- contest that rendition of the story.

Two police officers were also shot in the incident.

The response to the incident also resulted in the death of a motorcyclist, 24-year-old Ivan Romero, after a crash involving a police squad. The Thursday night press conference will not address the crash, however, because police say the accident is a separate incident which has been presented to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office for standard review.

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