DeShawn Franklin was asleep when cops stormed into his bedroom and attacked him.
According to family members, officers didn’t have a warrant and didn’t ask permission before barging into the home and shocking, punching, then dragging 18-year-old Franklin out of bed.
Franklin, who was then handcuffed and placed in a police car, told the Washington Post that he was “asleep” and “didn’t even know what was going on.”
According to the Post, officers were looking for Franklin’s older brother:
The incident happened about 2:30 a.m. on July 7, 2012, when Franklin and his parents were sleeping. Officers Eric Mentz, Aaron Knepper and Michael Stuk, of the South Bend Police Department, were looking for Dan Jones, Franklin’s older brother, after receiving a domestic violence call. The officers received information that Jones may have gone to his parents’ house, according to an internal affairs investigation report by the police department.
Officers later apologized and were disciplined with written reprimands.
Innocent Black Man Only Awarded $18 After Being Shocked and Punched by Police
The 2012 incident led to a lawsuit brought by the Indiana family against police.
The jury agreed that the Franklin home was wrongfully entered without a warrant by three white officers, violating the family’s rights. The jury decided, however, that the family’s rights were basically worthless.
Although the jury sided with the Franklin family, the dollar amount awarded to them was a slap in the face. Each of the defendants in the lawsuit was only ordered to pay $1 each, totaling $18.
Rev. Mario Sims told the Post that this sends a clear signal to black people that their rights are only worth $1.
“Essentially even though the jury found their rights were violated, the jury didn’t value those rights,” said Sims. “They didn’t think this poor black family warranted any type of substantial monetary reward.”
Since there were no “medical bills, lost wages, property damage, post-traumatic stress, psychological treatment”, the jury couldn’t find evidence to warrant the more than $1 million dollars in damages requested by the family, the Post reported.
Now four years later, Franklin, who has no criminal record, lives in fear of police, says the family.
America the beautiful----we are sliding backwards into apartheid
This is some bs!
This maddness is outrageous......am I reading this right.... $18 bucks.....shame shame!!!!!!
Had to be all white jury because there's only one that think we don't get nothing you don't deserve nothing
5 white one black is what I read
Yeah they odds were against him HAVE YOU "(EVER)" seen or heard of a ALL BLACK JURY
...and what race of people constituted members of this jury?
Think it was 5 white and 1 black
There is your answer right there.
When I read this I was in TOTAL shock! This is MAJOR BS.
Was he shocked\U0001f626 or socked?
Amerikkka the head of the snake of white supremacy !
When we finally realize that we R dressed up slave and U really have No rights when it comes 2 white pll, then and only then something will B done
Send that insulting $18.00 back to whom or what department sent it
Isn't this from a while ago?
How insulting is that?
We caught behind Enemy Lines
This is nothing new
Again don't be surprised what do you expect from some racist ass bitches
Well, if they got him of the streets of Chicago for a night, they probably saved his life, so look at it that way...
From the people who are suppose to protect you
It seems as if he pissed off the jury.. My wife was on jury duty for a dog bite case, and they were going to award the guy money, but then he started really "laying it on thick" and played them for fools... so he only got medical expenses. First off 1million for a false arrest? Cmon man, I don't make that working for 10yrs! It seems as if he could have gotten $18,000 but they got greedy, so the rolled the dice and lost..
What an insult!
If you think a WHITE jury going to award a Black person their real share of monetary damages...you are still sleeping. They would award a WHITE person monetary of millions for spilling hot coffee on THEMSELVES before awarding you damages done to you. I know I sat on a jury before and the amount they awarded was ridiculous to those white people.
You know the jurors decide the amount that's awarded right?
18 dollars is crap....they must have done something to piss off the jury.
If the justice system wasn't made to help African Americans in the first place why is anyone surprised
This let you know that the value of the black lives and show you that black lives don't matter to them really the justice system is so badly broken you're going to have to start all over again
Black Lives don't Matter
Hope those jurors have a comfortable ride to hell on broken glass.
They getn thousands in donations for legal fees and retire onnthe change with pension when they kill people. Ijks #exodus#44million moveout
The value of the life of a black man.
White judicial system
Not bad for fighting with police.
Thanks Bob Waldren, YOU'RE a good man!
You too bud
The one thing I don't do is disrespect my own race in a useless attempt to be White. Feel me ?
Brilliant and very original Curtis Thompson. I'm impressed with your ability to express yourself. Keep it up.
Sandra Hughes is that it? Thats the best you have is juvenile name calling? Now that sounds dumb coming from an adult that probably thinks she's pretty smart.Thats too bad.
Cookery & Buffoonery
William Conner. You're right.
Coonery & Buffoonery. Is that better ?
Sorry no automatic weapons here. Thanks for the stereotyping.
Not much, but nice try. I got one question for you wordsmith and FB activist, instead of calling people names and complaining, what do you do in your own community to make things better? Do you get your hands dirty? Or do you just have a dirty mouth? What do you do?
I asked what are you doing? You're not qualified to say what I'm doing. You're still stuck letting Caucasians control your thoughts and actions. Your still stuck believing in mans division by race. Who's the fool? Anyway, are you gonna tell me what you're doing to make things better? Or you got nothing? Curtis Thompson.
Click bait, bye my negropean friend.
Just what i thought. You stick to name calling and degrading the same people you say you love. So typical, anyone you don't agree with, you try and discredit. You are the reason we have no unity. You're the reason no dialogue can take place. But you want unity? I guess as long as its agreeable to you. Take care Curtis Thompson.
Not bad for fighting with police! The result you wanted was the death of another black child. That's the paradigm that puts order in your world. Your initial comment was offensive to anyone who's sensitive about or cares about police abuse. If this is going over your head it's because your suffering cognitive dissonance.
Lol he is trying to sound smart but cognitive dissonance is not something you suffer from. You obviously aren't conflicted in your beliefs.
Bob Waldron, you caught too? I was going to hit Curtis Thompson up to congratulate him on putting together a coherent and thoughtful read. I would have to tell him he has misdiagnosed me. There is a point to my original statement, and i make if we could have gorten past the venom and name calling. But to your point, i may suffer from a few things, but cognitive dissonance is not one of them. You take care and God bless you.
Sandra Hughes. Don't waste yourself on this. He had a nice day today. He made a white friend with a automatic weapon.
Right, Curtis Thompson