Franklin Co. Sheriff Addresses Outcome Of Inmate Death Investigation

FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) -- Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen said Friday (Sept. 2) he expected the prosecuting attorney's decision not to file charges in the death of an inmate.

"It pretty much went consistent with that I thought would happen, and what the outcome would be," Boen said. "As being here, hearing everyone's side of the story, it went the way I figured it would go."

The prosecutor's report states Cody Franklin was tased eight times in 11 minutes.

"When someone comes in with meth in their system, it's obvious the tasers didn't phase him," Boen said. "Once he was cuffed, we tried to move him, then at the time, [we] had to remove the cuffs from him, which he wasn't having. We couldn't just leave him cuffed. When people have meth in their system, they don't think clear. Their strength is not that of what it would be in their right mind."

Boen said he thinks law enforcement used the best judgment in the situation.

"I think with everyone that was involved on the law enforcement side of it, we have some great officers here and for the city," he said. "I know that they would use the best judgment, and they're always going to do whatever they have to do to keep everyone safe."

Franklin's family has petitioned to file a wrongful death claim against the sheriff's office and the Ozark Police Department.

"I figured that was coming," Boen said. "They have a lot of questions and [they] are very upset about a lot of things, which is understandable. I hate it for them. I hate the way it ended. I hate it for their loss. It's just a bad situation for everyone involved."

5NEWS has reached out to the Franklin family for comment.

3 comments

  • pcnotcritical

    Is there not a minimum education requirement to be Sherrif? The poor use of grammer is (or should be) an embarrassment. I shudder to think a person who demonstrates such a deficit in Logic is allowed to carry a Gun (let alone be a Sherrif)!
    “They’re always going to do whatever they have to do to keep everyone safe.” Um, Sherrif , by definition not everything was done to keep everyone safe. Someone is dead. Did you really miss that part or did you simply repeat bits and pieces of flawed police training without taking the time to think? I believe you were trying to site something along the lines of “okay people (law enforcement) do whatever you have to do to go home safe at the end of the day.” And therein lies the problem. However, unlike our citizens in blue, I have the moral clarity to say I might be wrong about what you were “going after” Sherif. I try not to make “all or none, zero-tolerance” judgements that offers little room for Critical Thinking.

    • cecilfrank

      Here, I corrected your misspellings. I ouldn’t want you to use improper grammar…

      Is there not a minimum education requirement to be Sheriff? The poor use of grammar is (or should be) an embarrassment. I shudder to think a person who demonstrates such a deficit in Logic is allowed to carry a Gun (let alone be a Sheriff)!“They’re always going to do whatever they have to do to keep everyone safe.” Um, Sheriff , by definition not everything was done to keep everyone safe. Someone is dead. Did you really miss that part or did you simply repeat bits and pieces of flawed police training without taking the time to think? I believe you were trying to site something along the lines of “okay people (law enforcement) do whatever you have to do to go home safe at the end of the day.” And therein lies the problem. However, unlike our citizens in blue, I have the moral clarity to say I might be wrong about what you were “going after” Sheriff. I try not to make “all or none, zero-tolerance” judgements that offers little room for Critical Thinking.

    • Jason Smith

      That’s is, 100%, the human thing to do. All or none doesn’t really work for us regular folks. The problem is that if law enforcement doesn’t use the formula of “if this thing happens, then respond with this” they get sued. The system does not work. From the bottom to the top, it’s broken and all they will say is “well it’s not perfect, but it’s the only system we have”. I’ve always felt that’s a cop out answer. If a thing doesn’t work, you fix it, PERIOD. People get ground up in this system we have.

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