A police officer shot and killed a black man identified as Daunte Wright after being arrested in a suburb of Minneapolis on Sunday, which sparked clashes between protesters and law enforcement. On Monday, the Brooklyn Center City Police Chief said the unidentified officer intended to use his Taser, but instead grabbed his gun and shot Wright.
During a press conference, police released a bodycam video of the shooting. In the video, the officer who shot Wright yelled “Taser” several times before firing his gun at Wright at close range while Wright was in the driver’s seat.
“I just shot him,” the officer said as the car pulled away.
Sunday’s shooting happened in the middle of Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd.
Police said officers arrested a driver just before 2 p.m. Sunday and determined there was an outstanding warrant against him. Police said when they tried to stop him, he got back into his vehicle and drove away. An officer shot at the vehicle, hitting the driver. Police said the vehicle traveled several blocks before colliding with another. No one in this second vehicle was injured.
The driver of the first vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said officers would be wearing body cameras activated at the time of the shooting.
A crowd began to gather at the crash site later in the afternoon. Just after 6 p.m., protesters demolished the crime scene tape, with the crowd and the victim’s family demanding responses from the police, CBS Minnesota reports.
A woman who said she was the mother of the driver, Katie Wright, told the crowd that her son – Daunte Wright, 20 – was the man who was shot. She said Wright’s girlfriend was in the car with him during the traffic stop. Police said the woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash and was taken to hospital.
Protesters later gathered at the Brooklyn Center Police Headquarters. Law enforcement formed a human chain to protect the building and began using flashbangs and tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowd, according to CBS Minnesota reporters at the scene.