Tuesday, 26 October, 2021


Explained: What has sparked fresh protests near Minneapolis?

A crowd gathers at the Brooklyn Center Police Department in Brooklyn Center Minn. Monday Clashes outside police station as fury erupts over police shooting of black man in Minneapolis
Conrad Doyle | 14 April, 2021, 04:13

The police chief in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and the officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year old Black man who struggled with police after a traffic stop, have both tendered their resignations, the city's mayor said on Tuesday.

"The world is traumatized watching another African-American man being slain", Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd said of 20-year-old Wright, as he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Wright's relatives at an outdoor press event in driving snow.

Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) identified the officer late Monday as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police force. She can be heard on her body camera video shouting "Taser!"

Wright's death comes as the trial for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer responsible the death of George Floyd past year, enters its third week.

Mr Wright was stopped by police on Sunday for allegedly breaking a traffic law, but there was a struggle when he tried to get back into his vehicle.

Protesters taunted police through newly-erected wire fence around the station, and carried signs saying, "Jail all racist killer cops", "Am I next?" and "No justice, no peace".

Wright is then seen breaking free and getting inside the auto when another office yells "Taser, Taser, Taser", before firing a shot from her handgun, as per the recording. "Taser! Taser!" She draws her weapon after the man breaks free from police outside his vehicle and gets back behind the wheel.

Police said the crowd became more aggressive as the night progressed and began throwing glass bottles, frozen water bottles, rocks and fireworks toward officers and the building.

Brooklyn Centre City police chief Tim Gannon also resigned following the incident.

"I think we can watch the video and ascertain whether she will be returning", the chief said.

Elliott, who took command of the police on Monday after the city council fired the city manager, said he believed the protesters were motivated by fear for their own safety, not a desire to destroy.

"Holy shit, I shot him", the officer says.

The modest suburb just north of Minneapolis has seen its demographics shift dramatically in recent years.

Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the medical examiner.

Wright's father, Aubrey Wright, told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that he rejects the explanation that Potter mistook her gun for her Taser. In 2000, more than 70 per cent of the city was white. Today, a majority of residents are Black, Asian or Latino. A mistake? That doesn't even sound right. "There is nothing I can say to lessen the pain of Mr Wright's family". "He was my life, he was my son and I can never get that back".

Several of Wright's family members appeared with George Floyd's family Tuesday afternoon to speak about their loss, including the mother of his Wright's baby son.

"I'm just so messed up about it, because I feel like they stole my son's dad from him", Whitaker said.

On Monday evening, hundreds gathered at a vigil around the sculpture before the start of a curfew imposed to prevent overnight protests and looting.

About 90 minutes after the curfew deadline, police began firing gas canisters and flash-bang grenades, sending clouds wafting over the crowd and chasing some away.

"However, it is ultimately up to each police agency to develop their own policy and training relating to TASER energy weapon placement and deployment", the spokesperson said.

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