The police officer who killed a black man in Minneapolis last Sunday, causing further unrest in the city, intended to grab his Taser and not his handgun during the confrontation, it has been claimed.
Daunte Wright, 20, died Sunday in a metropolitan area already in difficulty because of the trial near Derek chauvin – the ex-cop accused of murder George floydthe death.
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After Mr Wright’s death, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon released body camera footage of the officer who shot – and told a press conference that she had made a mistake.
The footage shows three officers around a stopped car. When another officer attempts to handcuff Mr. Wright, a fight ensues.
The officer is heard shouting “Taser!” several times before firing his weapon.
“It was an accidental discharge which resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright,” said the chief.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot called the shooting “deeply tragic.”
“We will do all we can to ensure that justice is served and that our communities are restored,” he said.
The state’s Criminal Arrest Office is investigating the death, leading to protests that erupted overnight and people at the scene waving flags and billboards reading “Black lives matter“.
Mr Wright was arrested by police about 10 miles from where Mr Floyd died during an arrest at Minneapolis Last year.
Authorities said the car was stopped for having an expired registration and after determining the driver had an outstanding warrant, police said they tried to stop him.
Then the driver got back into the vehicle and a policeman fired, hitting him, police said. Mr. Wright managed to drive several blocks before colliding with another vehicle.
Her mother, Katie Wright, urged protesters to remain peaceful after her death. The unrest saw police fire flashbangs and tear gas in an attempt to contain the protesters.
“All the violence, if it continues, it will only be violence,” she said.
“We have to explain why my son was shot for no reason,” she said. “We have to make sure it’s about him and not smashing police cars, because that’s not going to bring my son back.”
President Joe biden has been informed of the shooting and the White House has been in contact with the governor, mayor and local law enforcement, press secretary Jen Psaki said.
“We were extremely saddened to learn of the loss of life at the hands of law enforcement in Minnesota yesterday,” she said.
National Guard troops and law enforcement officers continued to guard the front of the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Monday morning.
Police erected a concrete barrier as Minnesota State Patrol officers joined the line in front of the compound.