The Associated Press reports:
Police in a Minneapolis suburb where a Black man was fatally shot during a traffic stop say the officer who fired intended to use a Taser, not a handgun. Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as “an accidental discharge.”
The man identified by relatives as 20-year-old Daunte Wright died Sunday in Brooklyn Center, a city of about 30,000 people on the northwest border of Minneapolis.
His death sparked violent protests, with officers in riot gear clashing with demonstrators into Monday morning.
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Brooklyn Center Chief Tim Gannon shows body camera footage from officer who shot Daunte Wright. Officer yells “taser! taser!” but shoots Wright with a gun. Chief says officer meant to use taser instead of shooting Wright. #wcco pic.twitter.com/DMGS0SV6M2
— John Lauritsen (@JDLauritsen) April 12, 2021
Chief Tim Gannon of Brooklyn Center Police Department in MN says he believes the officer meant to pull out a taser when they shot Daunte Wright. “This appears to me, from what I viewed & the officer’s reaction in distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) April 12, 2021
Brooklyn Center, MN Police Chief Tim Gannon calls Daunte Wright’s killing an “accidental discharge.”
He says: “It is my belief that the officer had the intention to employ their taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet.” pic.twitter.com/pEFmc1tOh2
— The Recount (@therecount) April 12, 2021