Protesters gather in Cleveland for fatal police-involved shooting of 22-year-old Desmond Franklin

Protest planned at CPD’s 2nd District station over fatal police-involved shooting of 22-year-old Desmond Franklin

Protesters gather in Cleveland for fatal police-involved shooting of 22-year-old Desmond Franklin
Protesters gather in Cleveland for fatal police-involved shooting of 22-year-old Desmond Franklin (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Marchers are protesting at the police department’s 2nd District station to protest the death of 22-year-old Desmond Franklin, who was fatally shot by off-duty officer, Jose Garcia, on April 9 near Riverside Cemetery on the city’s West Side.

Cleveland police officers and vehicles gathered in the East Bank of the Flats around midnight.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed that I-71 exit ramps to Fulton Road are now reopened.

The move comes a day after Mayor Frank Jackson’s curfew was lifted.

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Protesters gather in Cleveland for the fatal police-involved shooting of 22-year-old Desmond Franklin. WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE

Protesters gather in Cleveland for the fatal police-involved shooting of 22-year-old Desmond Franklin. WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Saturday, June 6, 2020
Protesters gather in Cleveland for fatal police-involved shooting of 22-year-old Desmond Franklin

Protesters gather in Cleveland for the fatal police-involved shooting of 22-year-old Desmond Franklin. WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Saturday, June 6, 2020

Hundreds of people are expected to assemble at the station on Fulton Road, where the off-duty officer has worked, but the mutual expectation is that the protest remain peaceful.

The city was brought to its knees last weekend, following a night of riots that caused millions in damage among 40 businesses, and prompted a police insider to write an anonymous letter criticizing the department’s lack of preparedness as chaos descended around officers downtown.

However, since then, authorities in Cleveland and across the country have worked diligently with community activists to cool tensions and forge partnerships that could spark civic and racial change.

Peaceful protests peaked on Thursday in the Hough neighborhood as police, city leaders and residents took to the stage carrying raw and hopeful messages.

With the 1966 race riots, the block has seen some of the worst, and now, some of the best moments between people and police in Cleveland:

19 News will have crews covering the protests live on Saturday; return here for updates.

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