Minnesota cop shouted 'Taser!' but fired gun
At a press conference on Monday, body camera footage was released containing the fatal shots by police of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, a black man in the suburbs of Minneapolis, which police said constituted an "accidental dismissal" of an officer. who drew her gun instead of her taser during a fight ...
FROM BODY CAM: "Taser, Taser, Taser ... Holy s ***. I just shot him."
Tim Gannon, Brooklyn Center Police Chief:
"You can hear the officer shout 'Taser, Taser' several times while fighting with Mr. Wright. This is part of the officer's training prior to using a Taser ... However, the officer drew his pistol instead of his taser. This seems to me, in my view and the reaction and grief of the officers immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that led to the tragic death of Mr. Wright. "
Sunday's shooting sparked riot in the Brooklyn Center in Minnesota. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse angry protesters who remained on the streets until the early hours of Monday morning.
The botched arrest of Wright, which police said was halted due to an expired vehicle registration, took place not far from where the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former white Minneapolis police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, is taking place.
The Brooklyn Center Police Chief said the routine traffic obstruction resulted in a fatal shootout when officers checked in on Wright and found a pending arrest warrant for him. The footage presented at the briefing showed an officer trying to handcuff Wright next to the car before breaking free and getting back into the car.
Then he is shot.
Speaking at the press conference, Brooklyn Park Mayor Mike Elliott said the officer, who was on administrative leave and whose identity was not disclosed, should be fired.
"My point of view is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the death of other people in our profession."
Biden described the murder as tragic but said there was no justification for violence and urged protesters to be peaceful.
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