No charges in fatal 2020 shooting by off-duty Cleveland cop


CLEVELAND (AP) — No charges were brought by a grand jury against a Cleveland police officer who shot and
killed a man last year while off-duty, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said Friday.
Desmond Franklin, 22, was killed on April 9 in an altercation with off-duty Cleveland officer Jose Garcia
that investigators say began when Garcia saw Franklin and a 17-year-old teen steal two cases of soda
from a delivery truck parked at a convenience story.
After Garcia exchanged words with Franklin, he drove off and Franklin followed him, according to the
attorney general’s investigation. Franklin pulled alongside and pointed a gun at him and Garcia then
fired five times, hitting Franklin in the head and killing him almost immediately, the investigation
Yost called Franklin’s death a tragedy, but added: "His death under the law is not the result of a
criminal act."
Under current law, prosecutors couldn’t prove that the shooting wasn’t a case of Garcia defending
himself, the attorney general said.
The shooting was not investigated as a police shooting because Garcia was off-duty at the time.
Last year, attorneys for Franklin said the victim never flashed a gun or threatened the officer. Police
say investigators found a gun in Franklin’s car.

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