No charges for Minneapolis police in shooting

Published 9:39 am Friday, September 20, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS — A grand jury has cleared Minneapolis police officers in the shooting death of a 22-year-old burglary suspect in a south Minneapolis basement in May, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Thursday.

After two days of testimony, the grand jury decided not to bring any charges, Freeman said.

“We are satisfied that it was a thorough, complete and professional investigation,” he said at a news conference. “I respect it, and the community should respect it.”

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Grand jurors heard testimony from 19 witnesses, including 11 sworn officers, about what happened in the basement of an Uptown home where Terrance Franklin was shot and killed.

Freeman added that Franklin family attorney Mike Padden’s allegations of a cover-up were “poppycock.”