As TuskerDaily reported earlier Daunte Wright was shot and killed during a traffic stop, but according to Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, the officer intended to use her Taser but instead fired her handgun, resulting in Wright’s “tragic death.”
Gannon played the police bodycam footage at a Monday press conference and said that based on what he observed, the female officer who shot the 20-year-old Black man did so accidentally.
“As I watched the video and listened to the officer’s commands, it’s my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet.
This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.”
Bodycam Footage Of Daunte Wright Shooting
The Sunday shooting came after Daunte Wright was pulled over for an expired registration tag on the white Buick he was driving.
During the stop, Chief Gannon said that officers noticed that the vehicle had an air freshener hanging from the rear-view mirror, which is prohibited, and after running his license, discovered that Wright had an outstanding warrant on a gross misdemeanor.
Wright who had exited the vehicle as officers sought to take him into custody when he suddenly jumped back into the car.
Chief Gannon said:
“It appeared to me from the video that the individual was trying to get back into his car to leave,”
The officer’s gun went off in what Chief Gannon called an apparently “accidental discharge,” and the car drove off slowly before hitting another vehicle.
If Daunte Wright Doesn’t Run He Would Be Alive Today
Yes, this police officer absolutely screwed up and should be fired, but of course, the media will simply ignore the fact that if Daunte Wright didn’t try to run he would be alive today.
Unfortunately, Daunte Wright died at the scene, while a female passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
After Daunte Wright reentered the vehicle, the officer could be held shouting, “‘Taser, Taser,” which Chief Gannon described as “part of the officer’s training prior to deploying a Taser, which is a less-lethal device.”
“That is done to make her partners aware, as well as the subject, that a Taser deployment will be imminent. During this encounter, however, the officer drew their handgun instead of their Taser,” the chief adding:
“We train with our handguns on our dominant side and our Taser on our weak side. So if you’re right-handed, you carry your firearm on your right side, and you carry your Taser on the left. This is done purposefully, and it’s trained.”
BLM Quickly Pounced
As TuskerDaily reported earlier Wright’s death spurred Black Lives Matter protests, and not surprisingly escalated in the usual BLM rioting, looting, and wanton destruction.
Because nothing shows how outraged the Black community is over the tragic death of Daunte Wright more than stealing a new pair of sneakers.
The BLM rioting resulted in the destruction of about 20 businesses and prompting Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz to mobilize the National Guard.
— Rebecca Brannon (@RebsBrannon) April 12, 2021
Female Police Officer Most Likely Will Be Fired
The chief said that the officer, whose name was not disclosed, has been placed on administrative leave, but Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said at the press conference that he would support firing her.
“My position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes to lead to the loss of life of other people in our profession.
I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties.”
City manager Curt Boganey said immediately afterward that the officer would receive due process.
“All employees are entitled to due process,” he said. “This employee will receive due process and that’s really all that I can say today.”
The chief said he was unaware of the details behind the misdemeanor, but that no firearm was found in the car.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the investigation into the shooting and Mr. Wright’s death.