Police release body-cam footage in death of Daunte Wright; police chief says officer meant to use Taser during traffic stop

  

Category:  News & Politics

Via:  john-russell  •  4 weeks ago  •  43 comments

By:   Ryan W. Miller, Elinor Aspegren and Eric Ferkenhoff (MSN)

Police release body-cam footage in death of Daunte Wright; police chief says officer meant to use Taser during traffic stop
Police in Minnesota on Monday released footage from the body-worn camera of the officer who fatally shot a 20-year-old Black man.

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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.


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JohnRussell
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1  seeder  JohnRussell    4 weeks ago

There was a press conference by the mayor and the chief of police of Brooklyn Center.   Many of the questions from the reporters or others in the audience were fairly hostile.  

 
 
 
Kathleen
PhD Principal
2  Kathleen    4 weeks ago

A warning to shop owners. They better prepare in case of a riot. 

 
 
 
r.t..b...
Masters Participates
2.1  r.t..b...  replied to  Kathleen @2    4 weeks ago

A warning to municipalities across the country...do a better job of training your officers in the skills of de-escalation or be ready to explain to your communities the consequences of their rash reactions. 

 
 
 
Ronin2
Senior Quiet
2.1.1  Ronin2  replied to  r.t..b... @2.1    4 weeks ago

Because rioting is always acceptable; until a far alt right group is doing it that is.

 
 
 
r.t..b...
Masters Participates
2.1.3  r.t..b...  replied to  Ronin2 @2.1.1    4 weeks ago

And your point being? Or is that weak ass explanation your salient point?

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  r.t..b... @2.1.3    4 weeks ago

That's all he has.  That's all he ever says.  

 
 
 
Kathleen
PhD Principal
2.1.5  Kathleen  replied to  r.t..b... @2.1    4 weeks ago

Another thing that might help..... don’t try to run.

That will help not to escalate a situation.

 
 
 
r.t..b...
Masters Participates
2.1.6  r.t..b...  replied to  Kathleen @2.1.5    4 weeks ago

And the biggest thing that might help get you home to your loved ones?  

Don’t be a person of color in MN. 

 
 
 
Kathleen
PhD Principal
2.1.7  Kathleen  replied to  r.t..b... @2.1.6    4 weeks ago

Do you agree with my statement about running? Do you think it will help if people stop trying to run? Because that was the meaning of my statement. The reply you made back to me had nothing to do with the comment I made to you. Yes, better training helps too. Also, It’s a shame that he lost his life. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.8  Texan1211  replied to  Kathleen @2.1.5    4 weeks ago
Another thing that might help..... don’t try to run.

Now, you know that simply makes too much sense.

Who could have predicted that running from police or resisting arrest might end up badly?

 
 
 
Kathleen
PhD Principal
2.1.9  Kathleen  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.8    4 weeks ago

Yes.... it always ends bad. 

It never gets acknowledged.. does it...

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.10  Texan1211  replied to  Kathleen @2.1.9    4 weeks ago

It seems far easier to blame some huge system, claiming systemic racism than it is to admit that people's actions matter.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.11  Texan1211  replied to  r.t..b... @2.1.6    4 weeks ago

Or, simply obey law enforcement and when you are told to do something, do it.

Don't be a dumbass who runs or resists.

 
 
 
r.t..b...
Masters Participates
2.1.12  r.t..b...  replied to  Kathleen @2.1.7    4 weeks ago

A shame...sure, let us leave it at that while we explain it away...just another god damn shame...



...comfortable now?
 

 
 
 
Kathleen
PhD Principal
2.1.13  Kathleen  replied to  r.t..b... @2.1.12    4 weeks ago

Explain what you mean by ‘comfortable’.

There is nothing comfortable about this. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.14  Tessylo  replied to  Kathleen @2.1.5    4 weeks ago
". . .don’t try to run."

Because they'll shoot you in the back and claim he was a danger and he was resisting arrest and . . .

 
 
 
Kathleen
PhD Principal
2.1.15  Kathleen  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.14    4 weeks ago

So it’s okay to run and resist arrest?

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.2  Tessylo  replied to  Kathleen @2    4 weeks ago

Go figure.  Another black person shot dead for a 'routine traffic stop'.

'Thought it was his taser'?  

I just don't know.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Tessylo @2.2    4 weeks ago

The officer is a female. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.2.2  Tessylo  replied to  JohnRussell @2.2.1    4 weeks ago

Well then, I just don't know anymore

It's just happening too often, just about every day, everywhere, and in the midst of Chauvin's trial, 10 miles away.

I just don't know anymore. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.3  Tessylo  replied to  Kathleen @2    4 weeks ago

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Sean Treacy
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2.4  Sean Treacy  replied to  Kathleen @2    4 weeks ago
They better prepare in case of a riot. 

Too late for that. Stores were already looted  last night and the local police station was shot up. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.4.1  Tessylo  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.4    4 weeks ago
'and the local police station was shot up'

I'm sure you have proof of that.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2.4.2  Sean Treacy  replied to  Tessylo @2.4.1    4 weeks ago

I'm sure you have proof of that.

As always.

And now you can blame out of town right wing extremists for all the looting and shooting the police station. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.4.3  Tessylo  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.4.2    4 weeks ago

You've never provided a fact before.  Some day you may prove me wrong

 
 
 
r.t..b...
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2.4.4  r.t..b...  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.4.2    4 weeks ago

And now you can once again ignore the real reason behind the outrage so many feel after so many instances.

There comes a point, Sean, where all the instances display a commonality. That commonality is apparent only if one is open to accepting the overwhelming evidence.

And nothing will change if there is not a societal shift in understanding the root issues.

Until that happens; the detractors, the deflectors and the disseminaters of misinformation will remain a part of the problem. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.5  Texan1211  replied to  Kathleen @2    4 weeks ago

In case of a riot?

Betting big they will happen.

I'm sure that the famed "right wing agitators" will swoop in to start them off.

Or so the claim will be made.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3  Tessylo    4 weeks ago

Meant to use a taser yet used a gun?  JFC.  That's MURDER!

 
 
 
jw
Freshman Silent
3.1  jw  replied to  Tessylo @3    4 weeks ago

Nope not murder Negligent Homicide or in some states it is Involuntary manslaughter.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  jw @3.1    4 weeks ago

Murder.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
4  Kavika     4 weeks ago

Sorry, there dead guy I mistook my pistol for a taser. Geez I guess I need more training. WTF!!!

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
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4.1  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Kavika @4    4 weeks ago

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Tessylo
Professor Principal
4.2  Tessylo  replied to  Kavika @4    4 weeks ago

Just learned she was on the force for 25 years.  Was training an officer that day.  Covered up and assisted with covering up the police shooting of an autistic man two years ago. 

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
4.3  Kavika   replied to  Kavika @4    4 weeks ago

Many police departments have a protocol that states that the taser is worn on your non dominant side and your weapon is on your dominant side. 

From viewing the video it looks like the LEO is firing the taser with her right hand. She is a 26 year veteran of the force and if she is right-handed it difficult to believe that she didn't know that she had a taser when, if she was following protocol she had to draw the taser with her non-dominant hand. 

A 9mm Glock, 17, 19, or 26 weighs more than a taser so that should have given the LEO a clue that she had a taser in her hand, she has been on the force for 26 years so she is very experienced. The taser in the video looks like it's black. Many police forces use a yellow taser to add another layer to avoid a mix-up with their service weapon.

The taser protocol and weapons listed above are standard issue for Brooklyn Center LEO's.

 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
5  seeder  JohnRussell    4 weeks ago

Derek Chauvin's lawyer may use this new incident to ask for a mistrial. He has already asked for the jury to be sequestered. 

 
 
 
Ronin2
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5.1  Ronin2  replied to  JohnRussell @5    4 weeks ago

His lawyer and the judge must be an idiots then; the jury should have already been sequestered due to the protesters threatening their safety and the integrity of the trial.

I sure the constant protests, and threats of violence, outside the courthouse are having no influence on the jury what so ever.

 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
6  seeder  JohnRussell    4 weeks ago

From what I have read so far, I do think this will be considered an accident. Mainly, the female officer who was the shooter was described as being very upset immediately after, heard on the video as saying "I shot him" immediately after. Witnesses say she gave Wright cpr on the scene. I dont think if she intended to shoot him she would have done that. There were also social media rumors that she had committed suicide, although the chief of police says that is not true. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
6.1  Tessylo  replied to  JohnRussell @6    4 weeks ago

I don't know.  How the hell could she confuse her taser and gun?

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
Professor Principal
7  Bob Nelson    4 weeks ago
the police chief said he believed the officer intended to fire a Taser during the incident

Oh.

Well... it's OK, then...

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
8  Tessylo    4 weeks ago

I just listened to a podcast about this woman and this town and I just don't buy it.  I don't believe she could have confused her gun with her taser.  

Two years ago she buried evidence in the shooting of an autistic man.  Told the officers how to cover it up.  She should have been fired then.  She's been on the force for 25  years.  No way in hell did she confuse her gun with her taser.  No way.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
9  Tessylo    4 weeks ago

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Tessylo
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10  Tessylo    4 weeks ago

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Thomas
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11  Thomas    4 weeks ago

This is a lot to unpack. First off, the traffic stop. The young man thought it was for an air freshener but the police say the tags were expired. Gotta go with the cops on this one if they had the means of determining that before the traffic stop. 

There is too much not known, at least by me, to determine very much else. I think, given the shitty quality of the video presented in the article, that I cannot make a determination as to whether it was an accident or purposeful. But it seems unlikely that the warrant for his arrest could have been so serious that he in any way necessitated a taser or a gun. You've got him, his car, his license and two other police officers right there. One has to assume that with all of that, this individual would not be that hard to locate. Use restraint when using restraint....De-escalate. Damn. Again.

 
 
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