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Questions about shooting
Little is known about the scuffle with police that led to Franklin’s death. The Police Department has not yet said who shot whom, saying only that Franklin reached for an officer’s machine pistol, known as an MP5, during the fight. An autopsy report said he died of multiple gunshot wounds.
At the news conference, Harteau was asked if Franklin was armed and if the officers, Michael Meath and Ricardo Muro, were injured with their own weapons. She declined to answer, saying she was awaiting forensics information.
“I’m not interested in giving you opinion. I’m interested in giving you facts,” she said.
Asked about why an outside agency was not involved in the investigation, she said that she has the “utmost confidence” in her people. She also said the State Patrol has been called in to review the accident reconstruction.
Many of the questions Wednesday challenged Harteau’s earlier statements that the department is committed to transparency.
“Transparency is not immediacy,” she said in response.
In the days after the incident, family members and friends of Romero, a 24-year-old baker, and Franklin have said they don’t feel police have been forthcoming with details.
Asked what she would say if she could speak to the families, Harteau said she would first like to say she is sorry for their loss.
“Regardless of the situation, they lost a family member,” she said. “I would assure them frankly that we are conducting an incredibly thorough investigation and that we will share information with them as soon as we can.”
Harteau said that she has offered to meet with the families of Franklin and Romero but that both have so far declined.
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