Innocent Black Man Only Awarded $18 After Being Shocked and Punched by Police

Innocent Black Man Only Awarded $18 After Being Shocked and Punched by Police
August 31 15:37 2016 Print This Article

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.

 

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.

 

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J Ted Williams
J Ted Williams

America the beautiful----we are sliding backwards into apartheid

Shirley Scott
Shirley Scott

This maddness is outrageous......am I reading this right.... $18 bucks.....shame shame!!!!!!

Timmy Adams
Timmy Adams

Had to be all white jury because there's only one that think we don't get nothing you don't deserve nothing

Timmy Adams
Timmy Adams

Yeah they odds were against him HAVE YOU "(EVER)" seen or heard of a ALL BLACK JURY

Mudi Abubakar
Mudi Abubakar

...and what race of people constituted members of this jury?

Steve Marshall
Steve Marshall

When I read this I was in TOTAL shock! This is MAJOR BS.

Mary Smith
Mary Smith

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

Minnie Murry
Minnie Murry

Send that insulting $18.00 back to whom or what department sent it

Alan James
Alan James

Again don't be surprised what do you expect from some racist ass bitches

Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith

Well, if they got him of the streets of Chicago for a night, they probably saved his life, so look at it that way...

Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith

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..

Dennis Reid
Dennis Reid

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.

Bob Waldron
Bob Waldron

You know the jurors decide the amount that's awarded right?

Bob Waldron
Bob Waldron

18 dollars is crap....they must have done something to piss off the jury.

Zakee Dyches
Zakee Dyches

If the justice system wasn't made to help African Americans in the first place why is anyone surprised

Timmy Adams
Timmy Adams

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

Herb Blunt Jr.
Herb Blunt Jr.

Hope those jurors have a comfortable ride to hell on broken glass.

Marc Green
Marc Green

They getn thousands in donations for legal fees and retire onnthe change with pension when they kill people. Ijks #exodus#44million moveout

Curtis Thompson
Curtis Thompson

The one thing I don't do is disrespect my own race in a useless attempt to be White. Feel me ?

William Conner
William Conner

Brilliant and very original Curtis Thompson. I'm impressed with your ability to express yourself. Keep it up.

William Conner
William Conner

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.

Curtis Thompson
Curtis Thompson

William Conner. You're right. Coonery & Buffoonery. Is that better ?

Bob Waldron
Bob Waldron

Sorry no automatic weapons here. Thanks for the stereotyping.

William Conner
William Conner

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?

William Conner
William Conner

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.

William Conner
William Conner

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.

Curtis Thompson
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.

Bob Waldron
Bob Waldron

Lol he is trying to sound smart but cognitive dissonance is not something you suffer from. You obviously aren't conflicted in your beliefs.

William Conner
William Conner

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.

Curtis Thompson
Curtis Thompson

Sandra Hughes. Don't waste yourself on this. He had a nice day today. He made a white friend with a automatic weapon.