Pressure builds to fire Minnesota officer who killed Daunte Wright

Daniel Fowler
April 14, 2021

The Chief of Police said the officer who killed the 20 year old during a traffic stop had meant to fire her Taser, not her handgun.

Shortly before 9:00 pm local time (12pm AEST Tuesday), almost two hours after the curfew went into effect, dozens of protesters continued to wave signs and chant slogans in front of the police station in Brooklyn Center, where Sunday's killing occurred.

Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) identified the officer late Monday as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police force.

A nighttime curfew was placed over the Twin City region of Minneapolis and St Paul, the city mayors announced on Monday, to prevent violent protest after a police officer shot a Black man dead on Sunday.

In the body camera footage, police officers are seen pulling Wright out of his vehicle after stopping him for a traffic violation and discovering he had an outstanding warrant.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a "full and transparent investigation" into the death of Wright, who police say was shot when the officer mistakenly grabbed her pistol, rather than her Taser, after a routine traffic stop.

A day earlier Floyd testified in the case against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer on trial for murder and manslaughter in the case of George Floyd, whose death previous year shocked the nation.

As per local media reports, the Brooklyn Center police officers pulled over a vehicle shortly before 2 pm on Sunday afternoon over a traffic violation.

Protesters taunted police through newly-erected wire fence around the station, and carried signs saying, "Jail all racist killer cops", "Am I next?" and "No justice, no peace".

After medics arrived, she told the two officers who shot the man to get into separate squad cars, turn off their body cameras, and not to speak to each other. The trial against former officer Derek Chauvin is now taking place not far from where Duante Wright was shot on Sunday.

Brooklyn Centre City police chief Tim Gannon also resigned following the incident.

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WATCH | This police body cam video shows the moments before the shooting of Daunte Wright.

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said he was "appreciative" that Potter submitted her resignation but that he had not asked for it nor accepted it.

After firing a single shot from her handgun, the auto speeds away, and the officer is heard saying, "Holy shit!"

Brooklyn Center, a modest suburb just north of Minneapolis, has seen its demographics shift dramatically in recent years. Today, a majority of residents are Black, Asian or Hispanic.

Wright's father, Aubrey Wright, told ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday that he rejects that explanation. "He was my life, he was my son and I can never get that back". A mistake?. that doesn't even sound right.

Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the medical examiner.

"I have come to show my respect for the family in a respectful, peaceful way", said Mabel Fall, a nurse at the Abbott Northwestern hospital in Minneapolis.

Cr Elliott, the city's first Black mayor, said on Monday night (Tuesday AEST) that the city council had fired the city manager and voted to give the mayor's office "command authority" over the police force.

"I feel like they stole my son's dad from him", said Chyna Whitaker. Others shot fireworks toward police lines.

Forty people were arrested, Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer said at a news conference early Tuesday.

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