Police release body-cam footage in death of Daunte Wright; police chief says officer meant to use Taser during traffic stop
Category: News & PoliticsVia: john-russell • 4 weeks ago • 43 comments
By: Ryan W. Miller, Elinor Aspegren and Eric Ferkenhoff (MSN)
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. - Police in Minnesota on Monday released footage from the body-worn camera of the officer who fatally shot a 20-year-old Black man, and the police chief said he believed the officer intended to fire a Taser during the incident.
Protesters took to the streets today after 20 year old Daunte Wright was shot and killed during a traffic stop by members of the Brooklyn Center police.
Daunte Wright, 20, died after the traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday.
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.
"It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet," Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said Monday.
Wright's death comes as Minneapolis, 10 miles south, was on edge in the middle of the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who faces murder charges in the death of George Floyd last May.
Police responded to protests Sunday with riot gear as demonstrators gathered in the city, mourning Wright's death. Video posted to Twitter showed police firing gas and a chemical agent at protesters who gathered at the police department Sunday night.