Before police shot him, mentally ill Portsmouth man looked “mean” and “hostile,” ex-officer testifies | Courts & Crime | pilotonline.com – Franklin stopped and sat back down at the table as more officers arrived.
To Williams, Franklin’s decision to approach him in an “aggressive” manner with an item in his hand amounted to a threat.
Franklin’s family members disagree, and they blame police for Franklin’s death later that day during a standoff.
His youngest sister is suing the Police Department’s former chief, Ed Hargis, for $5 million. The lawsuit claims Hargis – now chief of the Frederick Police Department in Maryland – failed to ensure his officers were properly trained to deal with mentally ill people, like Franklin.
Attorney Stephanie Bolen argued that police instigated the situation that led to Franklin’s death and that officers escalated it when they threw a phone into the schizophrenic man’s house – breaking a window in the process.