Police in Minnesota on Monday released footage from the body-worn camera of the officer who fatally shot a 20-year-old Black man.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said today that he believed the officer intended to fire a Taser during the incident. Daunte Wright, 20, died after the traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday.
“It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet.”
Footage from the incident released during a new conference shows two other officers approaching Wright’s car and the officer who fired the shot standing behind them.
As the officer on the driver side of the vehicle begins to handcuff Wright, a struggle ensues and Wright appears to reenter the driver side of the car.
The officer is heard shouting, “Taser,” before she shoots Wright.
Police responded to protests Sunday with riot gear as demonstrators gathered in the city, mourning Wright’s death. Video Twitter showed police firing gas and a chemical agent at protesters who gathered at the police department Sunday night.
You can read what happened during the traffic stop here.
BREAKING: Police officer who fired a single shot that killed Daunte Wright, a Black man, intended to discharge a Taser, Minnesota police chief says. https://t.co/vz3NqCCNwE— The Associated Press (@AP) April 12, 2021
(via USA Today)