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Police Chief Speaks Out to Address the Killing Of Daunte Wright at a Traffic Stop In Minnesota

Stephen Thompson
Apr 13, 2021
07:50 A.M.
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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.

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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.

A photo of a police officer writing a ticket for a driver who broke the law. | Photo: Shutterstock

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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.

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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."

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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..."

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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.

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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