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Projectiles fired as protesters and police clash again over Daunte Wright shooting

US protesters rally for third night over killing of Black man Minnesota officer who killed Daunte Wright will be charged with manslaughter
Melba Vasquez | 15 April, 2021, 20:21

Kim Potter, who quit her job on the Brooklyn Center force two days after Daunte Wright's death, was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in what her chief said appeared to be a case of confusing her Taser with her handgun.

The emotional press conference was held outside the Hennepin County Courthouse, where the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin continued inside for a 12th day.

City Police Chief Jim Gannon, who also resigned on Tuesday, has said the shooting appeared to have been accidental.

The charge against former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter will be filed Wednesday, three days after Wright was killed during a traffic stop and as the nearby murder trial progresses for the ex-officer charged with killing George Floyd last May, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said.

"This was no accident". This was an intentional, deliberate, and unlawful use of force. "We're here, and we will fight for justice for this family".

The shooting has sparked protests and unrest in a metropolitan area already on edge because of the trial of the first of four police officers charged over George Floyd's death a year ago.

Riot police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators outside the fortified police station in Brooklyn Center, the suburb where Sunday's shooting took place. Second-degree manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died last May after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee on the back of Floyd's neck for around nine minutes as two other officers held him down.

Prosecutors in Minnesota rested their case in Mr Chauvin's trial on Tuesday.

Police fired projectiles into a demonstration in front of the Brooklyn Center police station, declaring it unlawful, and ordered reporters to leave. Video captured by a bystander showed Floyd, who was handcuffed, repeatedly say he couldn't breathe.

Barack and Michelle Obama said their "hearts are heavy over yet another shooting of a Black man" following the police killing of Daunte Wright in Minnesota.

"The world is traumatised watching another African-American man being slain", Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd said.

Chyna Whitaker, the mother of Wright's one-year-old son, and Wright's own mother Katie Wright spoke emotionally about the last times they talked with or saw Daunte.

Police say Mr Wright was pulled over for expired tags on Sunday, but they sought to arrest him after discovering he had an outstanding warrant.

When officers attempt to handcuff Wright, he scuffles with them and gets back in the auto. "Taser! Taser! Taser!" Potter is heard shouting in the video.

"Holy s***, I just shot him", the officer can be heard saying as the auto drives away.

Potter's handgun and Taser were holstered on opposite sides of her belt in such a way that she would have had to use her left hand to draw the electric-stun device, the county attorney's office said.

"These situations show the over-policing that is done in the black community", said long-time civil rights activist Al Sharpton. However, protesters and Wright's family members say there's no excuse for the shooting and that it shows how the justice system is tilted against Black people, noting that Wright was stopped for expired vehicle registration and ended up dead.

Local prosecutors said in a statement on Wednesday that, "Certain occupations carry an vast responsibility and none more so than a sworn police officer".

"Certain occupations carry an huge responsibility, and none more so than a sworn police officer", he added.

Potter was an instructor with the Brooklyn Center police, according to the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association.

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