The Murder of Daunte Wright: What We Know Thus Far.
A 19-year-old Minnesota man was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop on Sunday April 11, 2021. This murder was unwarranted and the victim, Daunte Wright, was unarmed. How did this happen? Let us spell it out for you in OUR OPINION: the cop who shot Wright was scared and couldn't tell her weapon from her taser!
Here's what we know:
Wright had a warrant issued for his arrest due to a clerical error. The young man, not believing he had a warrant tried to reason with police who were trying to arrest him and force him into their vehicle. Wright said numerous times that he was afraid. Officer Kim Potter, a 26 year veteran police officer, says that she was reaching for her taser during Wright's arrest but, instead grabbed her service weapon and fired at Wright, striking him in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene and even a blind man could see that her actions ended this young man's life.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office has ruled that Wright's death as a murder.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon released body camera footage that shows an officer handcuffing Wright outside his vehicle. After another officer approaches and appears to touch him, Wright gets back into the car. An officer is heard repeatedly saying “Taser, taser” before Wright is shot. Wright’s car pulls away — it traveled a few blocks before crashing into another vehicle — and a female officer is heard saying “Oh s***. I just shot him.”
Accident or not, Wright, the father of one young child, is now dead because a VETERAN officer couldn't tell her taser from her gun. . .
Tired of the treatment that people of color receive at the hands of the police, and still reeling from the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd, the counties of Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota in Minnesota have erupted in protests, both peaceful and violent.
Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said at the news conference that "hundreds of uniformed officials" will be patrolling the streets Monday evening. He added that officials chose to start the curfew at 7 p.m. because they found past curfews to be more effective if they began before sunset, which is expected shortly before 8 p.m. Monday.
This young man did not have to die. He was unarmed and had Potter just double checked her hand, possibly even paused to see that what was in her hand FELT different than her taser, he would still be alive.