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After fatal shooting of Danquirs Franklin, CMPD officer suspended in separate incident

Video shows second officer at Burger King shooting is not wearing a body camera

Officer Wende Kerl's body cam video is slowed and enlarged to show CMPD officer Larry Deal appears to not be wearing a body camera in the March 25, 2019 shooting of Danquirs Franklin.
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Officer Wende Kerl's body cam video is slowed and enlarged to show CMPD officer Larry Deal appears to not be wearing a body camera in the March 25, 2019 shooting of Danquirs Franklin.

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who was on the scene when police fatally shot Danquirs Franklin has been suspended for a previous incident, newly released records say.

Larry Deal began serving a suspension on April 5 — less than two weeks after Franklin, 27, was killed at a west Charlotte Burger King — for an incident that occurred in February, CMPD Lt. Brad Koch said in an email Monday.

Records do not indicate why Deal was suspended or say how long. Koch would not answer any other questions.

Officer Wende Kerl shot and killed Franklin, leading to protests and renewed debate about the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police officers. Kerl has been placed on administrative assignment, CMPD has said.

But Deal has also come under public scrutiny because he did not record body camera video during the March 25 confrontation. CMPD requires officers to wear and use body cameras, which often provide important evidence during investigations.

Deal’s chest is briefly visible at the end of video captured by the camera worn by Kerl. The spot where CMPD officers typically wear their body cameras appears to be empty, the Observer has previously reported.

CMPD released personnel records for Deal, 44, who joined the department in October 2001. He was paid more than $87,000 in 2018, the records say.

Documents show Deal served at least one other active suspension. He was previously suspended Jan. 5, 2011.

Records do not say why Deal was suspended in 2011.

His attorney, Michael Greene, did not return a phone call or respond to email requesting comment.

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