Police chief says Daunte Wright shooting was ‘accidental discharge’ by officer
“As you can hear, the officer while struggling with Mr. Wright shouts, ‘taser, taser’ several times. That is a part of the officer's training prior to deploying a taser, which is a less lethal device,” Gannon told the press on Monday, showing the “graphic” police cam footage that included the shooting of 20-year-old Wright.
Brooklyn Center chief Tim Gannon: "As I watch the video & listen to the officer's commands, it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their taser but instead shot [Daunte] Wright with a single bullet. This appears to me... that this was an accidental discharge" pic.twitter.com/4hlDyVmLG2— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 12, 2021
Gannon went on to reveal that officers are trained to keep their firearms on their “dominant sides” and tasers on their “weak side” to avoid accidents. He said he believes the officer intended to use a taser but “instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet.”Also on rt.com GameStop, Foot Locker, & dozens more looted in Minnesota CHAOS following police shooting of Daunte Wright (VIDEOS)
“This appears to me, from what I viewed, and the officer's reaction in distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge,” he continued.
Wright was shot during a traffic stop on Sunday afternoon, immediately leading to criticism of the officers involved and inspiring protests in the state that quickly turned violent.
Gannon said the traffic stop was over an expired registration, as well as an obstructive item – reportedly air fresheners – hanging from his rear view mirror. After running his ID, it was discovered Wright had a “gross misdemeanor warrant,” though Gannon did not detail the warrant further.
The officer behind Wright's shooting is currently on administrative leave, and Gannon has asked the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Administration to conduct an independent investigation into the incident. He urged the public to remain calm until the investigation is over.Also on rt.com ‘Are we at war?’ Police fire tear gas and flashbangs amid BLM protests in Minnesota (VIDEOS)
Racial tensions had already been high in the state due to the ongoing trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, currently on trial for the murder of Georgia Floyd, whose death in May of last year kicked off a series of Black Lives Matter protests across the country.
The mayor of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Mike Elliott, admitted Wright’s death “couldn’t have happened at a worse time.”
“We recognize that this is happening at a time when our community – when all of America, indeed all of the world – is watching,” he said at a Monday press conference.
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