Police Chief Speaks Out to Address the Killing Of Daunte Wright at a Traffic Stop In Minnesota
It has been almost 24 hours since the tragic death of Daunte Wright, who was killed by a police officer. However, the police chief maintained that it was an accident.
On April 12, the city of Minnesota faced a heartbreaking situation involving the death of a young Black man named Daunte Wright, 20, by a Caucasian police officer.
This tragedy stirred a serious uproar in the town, and the city's mayor asked that the perpetrator be relieved of his duties. However, the police head, Chief of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota Tim Gannon, has addressed the situation.
In a news conference, Gannon cleared a few misconceptions hovering in public. In the short recorded clip, he explained that the shooting was an accidental discharge.
He went on to talk about how law enforcement officers are trained to handle a gun in their dominant hand and a taser in their weaker hand.
“There is no peace in this. Say his name. Keep saying his name. My nephew did not deserve this.”— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) April 13, 2021
Naisha Wright, the Aunt of Daunte Wright, speaks out after her nephew was shot by a police officer and died following a traffic stop. pic.twitter.com/irGyDijrSd
According to him, the unnamed officer intended to use her taser but shot the Black man with a single bullet instead. This led Wright to crash into another car as he was in his vehicle about to take off.
It is impossible to charge the cop with a crime under Minnesota law.
Although the deceased got interrogated over expired tags, it is believed that after the young man gave the cops his ID to run, they identified that there was an outstanding warrant to apprehend him over "gross misdemeanor."
Prayers are not enough. Daunte Wright should still be with us. While an investigation is underway, our nation needs justice and healing, and Daunte’s family needs to know why their child is dead—they deserve answers.— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) April 13, 2021
Before concluding his statement, Gannon told the press that the officer is on leave, and there is an ongoing investigation to determine the extent of the crime.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension overruns this investigation. The police maintained that it was too soon to label charges on Wright's killer. However, he added:
"Obviously this is deeply tragic, and we're going to do everything we can to ensure that justice is done..."
The "officer" who murdered #DaunteWright is Kimberly Potter, who has been with the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years.— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) April 13, 2021
Do you believe after 26 years in law enforcement, this woman didn't know the difference between a taser and a gun?#WhenKarensKill pic.twitter.com/M4Ceqhqsla
Following the death of the 20-year-old, his family has aired their distrust in the system as they grieve. The community has also taken a stand by protesting against the "accidental" killing of a Black man, leading to the firing of tear gas from the police.
This wave of protest comes a few months after the global protest inspired by George Floyd's death. Floyd was an African-American who was brutally killed as he gasped for air in the hands of a white officer named Chauvin who is currently on trial.
Daunte Wright should be alive tonight. And America must respond to the pain and trauma caused by injustices that Black Americans face every day.— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) April 13, 2021
Meanwhile, Wright's family and the Black community may earnestly await the possible conviction of the officer. However, a Civil Rights attorney, David Henderson, explained that it might never come, as it is impossible to charge the cop with a crime under Minnesota law.
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