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It’s funny how the Star Tribune and WCCO-TV selects news items to report on? Do you find it interesting the young woman who was riding on back of the motorcycle driven by Ivan Romero Olivares who by eyewitness reports hit the back passenger side of a Minneapolis Police SUV, which was going through the intersection on a red light with lights and sirens at 50 mph? What has happened to Joselin Torrejon-Villamil? Are Minneapolis officials and ICE trying to deport her to keep her mouth shut?
by Donald Allen, Editor-in-Chief – The Independent Business News Network
Minneapolis, MN – The father of Terrence “Mookie” Franklin said he viewed his son’s body. He also said his son Mookie was shot in the back of the head five times and in the back twice in what appeared to be an execution in the basement of a house on 27th and Bryant Avenue south. A reporter from WCCO-AM read a statement that Chief Harteau was reaching out to the family. This turns out to be false according to the mother and father of the murdered victim. Franklin’s father said, “No one from the Harteau’s office had contacted him or the mother.”
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has yet to release any findings in the Franklin death. Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak, who hired police chief Tim Dolan, who in return let his officers abuse the law and use excessive force with no discipline or corrective actions has lead to new Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau following in the footsteps of the city hall policy and washing her hands of any cognitive explanations on why, under her watch a “suspect” was allegedly shot five-time (or more) in the head and upper torso. This is, if not the best example of contempt prior to investigation in the history of a abusive in law enforcement department.
County Attorney Mike Freeman has also remained mum. The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights will not “self-initiate” an investigation in the death of Franklin, but will post on their website about participating in Pride Day. Minneapolis’ civil rights department needs and overhaul. Hopefully, the next mayor of Minneapolis will understand that if a dysfunctional civil rights department (in the areas of complaints and contract compliance) continues to operate unchecked, expect more multi-million dollar payout to citizens who have been abused by the Minneapolis Police and other agencies.
IBNN guest contributor William McGaughey wrote: “The shooting of burglary suspect Terrance Franklin is harder to assess since Franklin is dead and the only living eyewitnesses to the critical events in this situation are police officers whose story has not yet been released to the public. It seems clear that Franklin grabbed an officer’s gun and began shooting. It is unclear if the officers killed Franklin while their own lives were at risk or the killing happened after the period of risk had passed. If the former, Franklin’s killing was likely justified. If the later, it was not.”
IBNN NEWS attests, Franklin did not grab an officer’s weapon nor was there a “fierce gun battle” as reported by some local mainstream media stations. Simply put, there was an execution: no judge, jury or lawyers – just a day at the office for Minneapolis Police.
The time for marches and rallies are over. It’s time to call a meeting with county attorney Mike Freeman, Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak and Public Safety chair Minneapolis City Councilman Don Samuels and demand a grand jury be convened.
It’s obvious the sluggish investigation that Minneapolis Police have overstepped their authority and need to be addressed with the same laws they are misrepresenting.
“To Protect and Serve?” or to “To Kill and get away with it?” – in the case of Terrence Franklin, something is amiss of proper procedures.