President Joe Biden on Monday called for “peace and quiet” following the “tragic” deadly shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota.
“I haven’t called Daunte Wright’s family, but my prayers are with the family. It really is a tragic thing that happened,” Biden told reporters in the Oval Office of Wright’s death on Sunday. . “The question is, was it an accident? Was it intentional? This remains to be determined by further investigation,” he said, describing the body camera images of the shoot as “fairly graphic”.
Wright, 20, was shot dead after being arrested in suburban Minneapolis at Brooklyn Center for allegedly having an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror, which is illegal in Minnesota. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said he believed, based on body camera footage, that the officer who shot Wright mistakenly believed she was shooting with a taser and not with his weapon.
The shooting took place about 14 miles north of where George Floyd was killed last year, as former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for Floyd’s murder. Floyd’s death sparked a wave of protests across the country last year, some of which led to riots and looting.
Biden called for any protest against Wright’s shooting to remain “peaceful,” echoing a call from Wright’s mother.
“There is absolutely no justification, none, for looting, no justification for violence. Peaceful, understandable protests, and the point is, you know, we know the anger, the pain and the trauma that is there. in the black community in this environment is real, serious and consequent, but that will not justify violence and / or looting, ”he said.
“And we should listen to Daunte’s mother, who calls for peace and quiet,” he said.
When asked if he would deploy federal resources to help keep the peace if necessary, Biden noted that he had already done so because of the Chauvin trial.
“Federal resources already exist,” Biden said. “There will be no lack of help and support from the federal government if local authorities deem it necessary.”