What we Know so far about the Minnesota Police Shooting of Daunte Wright

On Sunday, a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, 20, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, about ten miles from where Derek Chauvin is on trial in the killing of another black man, George Floyd.

What we Know so far about the Minnesota Police Shooting of Daunte Wright

On Monday night, Law enforcement agency fired lachrymator and stun grenades as a crowd gathered to protest the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in a Minneapolis suburb.

According to the Operation Safety Net’s tweet, a joint effort of local entities to ensure the safety of the public during the trial of Derek Chauvin, being held about ten miles away from the site in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, the protesters were launching bottles, bricks, fireworks and other projectiles at public protection officials.

That was the second night of rallies after a police officer killed Daunte Wright, 20, and authorities identified as Officer Kim Potter, during a routine traffic stop. Moreover, according to Minnesota Operation Safety Net, a curfew was in effect for Brooklyn Center, and police arrested those in violation who ignored dispersal orders.

By 11 PM, according to witnesses, most of the protesters had left the scene around the police station.

However, according to a CNN crew’s video shoot, the Dollar Tree store’s windows near the protests’ scene were broken out, and smoke could be seen coming out.

The Minnesota OSN tweeted that firefighters are headed to the Dollar Tree in Brooklyn Center, requested to allow fire trucks through and stay away from the scene to provide firefighters room to work.

According to witnesses, many people could be seen in the store’s front, capturing pictures and video of the aftermath.

Also, Graffiti was sprayed on the building, including the initials “D.W.” and “No Justice No Peace.”

The mayor of Brooklyn Center told Don Lemon of CNN that he understood that people were angry, but he called for campaigners to go home.

Mayor Mike Elliot stated that a regional command was directing police efforts and not him.

He said that the goal right then is to try and disperse the mob and get people to get home.

Daunte Wright’s Death

Earlier on April 12, a law enforcement agency provided an account of officers’ movements while trying to detain Daunte Wright on April 11 following a traffic stop that culminated with a police officer fatally shooting the 20-year-old Black man.

According to news from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), the officer who killed Mr. Wright was identified on Monday night as Officer Kim Potter.

According to the BCA, Kim Potter has been with the Brooklyn Center police department for twenty-six years.

Tim Gannon, the town’s police chief, said his video release was for the sake of transparency and that the BCA does not condone the video release in ongoing inquiries.

Chief Gannon stated that the portion of body-worn camera footage released on Monday led him to believe the shooting was accidental and that the officer’s actions before the shooting were consistent with the department’s training on Tasers.

In graphic body camera footage shown to reporters on Monday, an officer can be seen pointing a handgun at him and shouting Taser. According to the video, after the car pulls away, the officer yells an obscenity and says he just shot him at two other police officers.

Gannon said that as he watched the video and listened to the officer’s orders, he believes that the officer intended to deploy their Taser but instead shot Wright, 20, with a single bullet. Moreover, that appears to him, from what he has viewed and the officer’s response and discomfort shortly after, that this was an accidental discharge that ended in the tragic death of Daunte Wright.

Also, the video shows three officers during a traffic stop, but the only video released was a minute-long clip from the police officer who fired her weapon.

Chief Gannon said that she was put on administrative leave. He added he felt the community needed to see what happened. He also needed to be transparent, and he wants to be forthright.

It is common, though not always compulsory, for the police force to turn overshooting inquiries to outside agencies to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Mr. Gannon stated he asked BCA to investigate and put forward its findings, independent of him, to attorneys and authorities to review the case.

A spokesperson for the United States Department of Justice said the shooting was a local matter and that the department isn’t involved in the inquiry. The district attorney for Hennepin County stated it sent the case to a different county to avoid an ‘appearance of a conflict of interest.’

Ben Crump, an attorney for Mr. Wright’s family, called the shooting inhumane and entirely preventable.

He said that as Minneapolis and the rest of the nation continue to deal with the tragic killing of George Floyd, now they must also mourn the loss of this young man and father. 

American President Joe Biden called for calm and peace as authorities in St. Paul and Minneapolis declared emergencies and curfews before expected unrest. The counties of Hennepin, including Brooklyn Center, Anoka, Dakota, and Ramsey, were under curfew, which many campaigners ignored.

The encounter details 

Police said that Mr. Wright was with his girlfriend on Sunday afternoon, driving to his older brother’s home, when law enforcement pulled him over in the Minneapolis suburb for an expired tag. Officers discovered he had an outstanding warrant and tried to handcuff him while standing outside his car. 

Damik Bryant, Wright’s older brother, told CNN that he texted Mr. Wright moments before the shooting, asking what was taking him long. Bryant said that Mr. Wright sent another SMS saying he was pulled over and asked for insurance information. Moreover, Bryant told him to call their mother. Bryant added that Wright gave officers his name before calling his mother. 

Moreover, Bryant said that they asked him to step out of the car, and his first instinct was, “What did he do, what is wrong?” And they were such as, “Well, put the phone down, get out the car then, they’ll talk to him about it when he gets out.”

Katie Wright, Mr. Wright’s mother, told CNN affiliate WCCO that he said they pulled him over because he had air fresheners dangling from the rear-view mirror. Katie Wright told CNN affiliate KARE that she heard the police officer come to the window and say, “Put the phone down and get out of the car,” and Daunte said, “Why?” And he said, “They’ll explain to him when he gets out of the car.”

What we Know so far about the Minnesota Police Shooting of Daunte Wright
What we Know so far about the Minnesota Police Shooting of Daunte Wright
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She said that she heard the phone get either placed on the dashboard or dropped, and she heard scuffling and the police officers saying, “Daunte, do not run.” Then the other officer said, “Put the phone down,” before it sounded like the mobile was hung up. 

In the body-worn camera footage released on Monday, an officer tells Mr. Wright don’t as Wright twisted away from a police officer to get back into the car. Chief Gannon stated it appeared from the video that Wright was trying to escape. 

The police officer whose camera footage was released is heard cautioning the man she will use her Taser on him before repeatedly shouting, ‘Taser! Taser! Taser.’ Then, the officer is heard screaming, ‘Holy sh*t! I just shot him.’

The shooting happened about ten miles from where Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, is on trial for the killing of George Floyd.

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