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BROOKLYN CENTER, MINN. -- The police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, as the man struggled with police, the city's police chief said Monday, as police clashed with protesters for the second night in a row.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting death Sunday of 20-year-old Daunte Wright as "an accidental discharge." It happened as police were trying to arrest Wright on an outstanding warrant. The shooting sparked protests and unrest in a metropolitan area already on edge because of the trial of the first of four police officers charged in George Floyd's death.
"I'll Tase you! I'll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!" the officer is heard shouting on her body cam footage released at a news conference. She draws her weapon after the man breaks free from police outside his car and gets back behind the wheel.


After firing a single shot from her handgun, the car speeds away, and the officer is heard saying, "Holy (expletive)! I shot him."
Crowds began gathering outside the the Brooklyn Center police station late Monday afternoon, with hundreds there by nightfall despite the governor's dusk-to-dawn curfew. A drum beat incessantly, and the crowd broke into frequent chants of "Daunte Wright!" Some shouted obscenities at officers.
About 90 minutes after the curfew deadline, police began firing gas canisters and flash-bang grenades, sending clouds wafting over the crowd and chasing some away. Some protesters picked up smoke canisters and threw them back toward police. Others shot fireworks toward police lines. A long line of police in riot gear, rhythmically pushing their clubs in front of them, began slowly forcing back the remaining crowds.
"Move back!" the police chanted. "Hands up! Don't shoot!" the crowd chanted back.
Law enforcement agencies had stepped up their presence across the Minneapolis area after the Sunday night violence. The number of Minnesota National Guard troops was expected to more than double to over 1,000 by Monday night.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott called the shooting "deeply tragic" and said the officer should be fired.
"We cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people," he said. "We're going to do everything we can to ensure that justice is done and our communities are made whole."
Elliott later announced that the city council had voted to give his office "command authority" over the police department.
This "will streamline things and establish a chain of command and leadership," he wrote on Twitter. He also said the city manager had been fired, and that the deputy city manager would take over his duties.
The reason behind the firing was not immediately clear, but the city manager controls the police department, according to the city's charter. Now-former City Manager Curt Boganey, speaking earlier to reporters, said the officer who shot Wright would get "due process" after the shooting.
"All employees working for the city of Brooklyn Center are entitled to due process with respect to discipline," he said.
Brooklyn Center is a modest suburb just north of Minneapolis that has seen its demographics shift dramatically in recent years. In 2000, more than 70% of the city was white. Today, a majority of residents are Black, Asian or Latino.
Elliott, the city's first Black mayor, immigrated from Liberia as a child.
Organizers from the Movement for Black Lives, a national coalition of more than 150 Black-led political and advocacy groups, pointed to Wright's killing as yet another reason why cities must take up proposals for defunding an "irreparably broken, racist system."
"The fact that police killed him just miles from where they murdered George Floyd last year is a slap in the face to an entire community," said Karissa Lewis, the coalition's national field director.
The body camera footage showed three officers around a stopped car, which authorities said was pulled over because it had expired registration tags. When another officer attempts to handcuff Wright, a second officer tells him he's being arrested on a warrant. That's when the struggle begins, followed by the shooting. Then the car travels several blocks before striking another vehicle.
It "is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet," Gannon said. "This appears to me from what I viewed and the officer's reaction in distress immediately after that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright."
Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office said in a statement.
A female passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the crash, authorities said. Wright's mother, Katie Wright, said that passenger was her son's girlfriend.
The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the shooting, identified the officer as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran who has been placed on administrative leave.
Gannon would not say whether she would be fired.
"I think we can watch the video and ascertain whether she will be returning," the chief said.
Court records show Wright was being sought after failing to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June.
Wright's mother said her son called her as he was getting pulled over.
During the call, she said she heard scuffling and then someone saying "Daunte, don't run" before the call ended. When she called back, her son's girlfriend answered and said he had been shot.
His brother, Dallas Bryant, told about a hundred people gathered for a candlelight vigil Monday evening that Wright sounded scared during the phone call, and questioned how the officer could accidentally reach for a gun instead of a Taser.
"You know the difference between plastic and metal. We all know it," he said.
President Joe Biden urged calm after watching the body camera footage.
"We do know that the anger, pain and trauma amidst the Black community is real," Biden said from the Oval Office. But that "does not justify violence and looting."
Demonstrators began to gather shortly after the shooting, with some jumping atop police cars. Marchers also descended on the city's police headquarters, throwing rocks and other objects. About 20 businesses were broken into at the city's Shingle Creek shopping centre, authorities said.
At least a half-dozen businesses were boarding up their windows along Minneapolis' Lake Street, the scene of some of the most intense violence after Floyd's death. National Guard vehicles were deployed to a few major intersections. Several professional sports teams in Minneapolis called off games because of safety concerns.
The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer charged in Floyd's death, continued Monday. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd's neck. Prosecutors say Floyd was pinned for 9 minutes, 29 seconds. The judge in that case refused Monday to sequester the jury after a defence attorney argued that the panel could be influenced by the prospect of what might happen as a result of their verdict.






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This summer's going to a real riot! I wish I could summon a single fuck to give. MSP, Portland, and beyond can all burn to the ground as far as I'm concerned. These problems are of their own making.



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I wonder if it being a female officer that pulled the trigger will have any impact on public perception outside of the black community?

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This one actually does seem like pure incompetence.  The bitch is screaming "Taser" and clearly seems to be giving a warning for a taser, then in absolute panic fires her gun.  I'm not exactly sure how that happens since they must feel much different and have different triggers, but I could never be as dumb and cowardly as a cop so I can't imagine the thought processes in those pea brains.  I think she legitimately made a mistake because I don't see what the benefit to her would be for shouting taser and then firing a gun.  She would've been better off just shooting him, but by doing it the way she did there's more attention on the fact that there was a fuck up.  This is manslaughter, period, and she needs to do real jail time as anyone else who made a recklessly fatal error would.



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srossi wrote: This one actually does seem like pure incompetence.  The bitch is screaming "Taser" and clearly seems to be giving a warning for a taser, then in absolute panic fires her gun.  I'm not exactly sure how that happens since they must feel much different and have different triggers, but I could never be as dumb and cowardly as a cop so I can't imagine the thought processes in those pea brains.  I think she legitimately made a mistake because I don't see what the benefit to her would be for shouting taser and then firing a gun.  She would've been better off just shooting him, but by doing it the way she did there's more attention on it.  This is manslaughter, period, and she needs to do real jail time as anyone else who made a recklessly fatal error would.


For some reason, this story keeps making me think of United Airline's pledge to have 50% of its pilot trainees be women and POC.  



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The bitch was a "training officer" also. It boggles my mind that every single day you can find a story like this. Why the fuck are these assholes in such a constant state of paralyzing fear? Being she's a female, hopefully if this ever goes to trial she can hug it out with the judge just like Officer Amber did after she murdered that guy in his living room.



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Ok so now let me go the other way. Last night Aaron Hicks pulled himself out of the starting lineup for the Yankees because he was so upset by this. He makes $10 million a year, or $62,000 a game. This would be the equivalent of any middle class person refusing to go to work for a year, or any of the people in the demo who usually get shot by cops refusing to work for almost 3 years. It must be nice to be that distraught. Fire and prosecute these fucking cops and fire these fucking grandstanding athletes. Kaepernick actually played his games after the national anthem. This is ridiculous.



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If you are a Black man and you get pulled over by a cop there is a chance you will be killed. It's pathetic. 

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Spatulapup wrote: If you are a Black man and you get pulled over by a cop there is a chance you will be killed. It's pathetic. 
If you’re anyone and you get pulled over by a cop, there’s a chance you’ll be killed. Black men tend to get pulled over more often than other demos. But both issues are problems. 



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When you only need a HS diploma to become a cop (at least here in KC) it's not hard to figure out why so many are incompetent. I'm not sure who are more useless based on my direct interactions, cops or border guards.

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srossi wrote: Spatulapup wrote: If you are a Black man and you get pulled over by a cop there is a chance you will be killed. It's pathetic. 
If you’re anyone and you get pulled over by a cop, there’s a chance you’ll be killed. Black men tend to get pulled over more often than other demos. But both issues are problems. 

If you’re pulled over and arrested and then resist, fight, or try to escape, your chances of getting killed are multiplied significantly as well.  That’s not meant as a boot licker comment, but how many of these things go sideways because of some kind of fight? 
To me, that’s like the ingredient in all of this that needs to be corrected.  



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Cop shoots black man resisting arrest. Cue the looting of stores as a form of protest.


Just another excuse for savage animals to run amok in the streets.


While Daunte Wright did not deserve to die it is yet another example where someone being arrested would still be alive had they not chosen to take the stupid route and try and get away.

Comply, don't die.

And as usual the media are doing their level best to shape the incident to suit their narrative. This was not simply over expired tags. He was being taken into custody because a check of his name showed that he had an outstanding warrant out for him. For what crime I don't believe was mentioned but that was at the point where he was removed from the vehicle and was in the process of being handcuffed when his superior intellect took over and he decided to resist.



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WongLee wrote: The bitch was a "training officer" also. It boggles my mind that every single day you can find a story like this. Why the fuck are these assholes in such a constant state of paralyzing fear? Being she's a female, hopefully if this ever goes to trial she can hug it out with the judge just like Officer Amber did after she murdered that guy in his living room.

Women shouldn't be beat cops period.  They're more prone to rash decisions, overreaction out of fear, and being overwhelmed and disarmed by perps.  But yeah, let's pretend the average woman is like those comic book movies where the stunning and brave female kicks the ass of a half-dozen men.  

Situations like this continue to prove that you can only ignore biological reality for so long until it slaps you in the face.  Hard.   



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Angelic Assassin wrote:
And as usual the media are doing their level best to shape the incident to suit their narrative. This was not simply over expired tags. He was being taken into custody because a check of his name showed that he had an outstanding warrant out for him. For what crime I don't believe was mentioned but that was at the point where he was removed from the vehicle and was in the process of being handcuffed when his superior intellect took over and he decided to resist.
The warrant was for a marijuana violation and I believe the fine was around $300 so he asked to be put on a pay plan. If that doesn't deserve a street execution nothing does. I'm tired of these marihuana injectors running amok on my streets where there are CHILDREN around.



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WongLee wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote:
And as usual the media are doing their level best to shape the incident to suit their narrative. This was not simply over expired tags. He was being taken into custody because a check of his name showed that he had an outstanding warrant out for him. For what crime I don't believe was mentioned but that was at the point where he was removed from the vehicle and was in the process of being handcuffed when his superior intellect took over and he decided to resist.
The warrant was for a marijuana violation and I believe the fine was around $300 so he asked to be put on a pay plan. If that doesn't deserve a street execution nothing does. I'm tired of these marihuana injectors running amok on my streets where there are CHILDREN around.

That's actually not true.  The warrant was for a gun charge.  He had choked and robbed a women at gunpoint. 



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