Minnesota Police Chief Believes Officer Meant to Grab Taser Before Shooting Daunte Wright
The gunshot that killed Daunte Wright during a Sunday afternoon traffic stop near Minneapolis is being called an "accidental discharge."
Officials in Brooklyn Center, MN released body camera footage of the fatal police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright.
The body camera shows police approaching Wright’s vehicle and asking him to step out of the car. They attempt to handcuff him before he pulls away and tries to get back in his car.
The officer pulls out a gun while shouting “Taser.”
After firing the gun, the officer says, “Holy s**t, I just shot him.”
The officer is Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran with the Brooklyn Center Police Department.
The Police Chief said, “As I watched the video and listen to the officer’s commands, it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet.”
Wright was pulled over for expired tabs, and that’s when officers discovered there was a warrant out for his arrest for having a firearm without a permit.
Officer Potter has been placed on administrative leave and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating Wright’s death.
Meanwhile, tensions between protesters and police intensified for the second night in a row Monday.
Crowds began gathering outside the Brooklyn Center police station Monday afternoon, with hundreds there by nightfall despite the governor’s dusk-to-dawn curfew. A drum beat incessantly, and the crowd broke into frequent chants of “Daunte Wright!” Some shouted obscenities at officers.
But about 90 minutes after a curfew deadline, police began firing gas canisters and flash-bang grenades in an attempt to drive them away, sending clouds wafting over the crowd and pushing some back at least briefly. Some protesters, wearing gas masks, picked up smoke canisters and threw them back toward police.
At a news conference early today, Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer said that 40 people were arrested at the Brooklyn Center protest, ranging from curfew violation to rioting. Some of the officers suffered minor injuries from thrown objects.
Twins Game Postponed after Daunte Wright Shooting
The Minnesota Twins postponed last night’s game against the Red Sox after the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, which has caused protests throughout the city.
The Twins said: “Out of respect for the tragic events that occurred (Sunday) in Brooklyn Center, and following the additional details in this evolving situation, the Minnesota Twins have decided it is in the best interests of our fans, staff, players and community to not play today’s game.”
NBA Postpones Timberwolves Game
The NBA postponed last night’s game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Netsin the wake of the fatal police shooting of a Daunte Wright in a Minneapolis suburb.
The league said: ”The National Basketball Association announced today that in light of the tragic events in the Minneapolis area yesterday, tonight's game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center has been postponed.”