Bodycam footage of police shooting of Daunte Wright released

The black man who was killed during a traffic stop in Minnesota was fatally shot by a cop who mistook her gun for a Taser, police said Monday, as they released bodycam footage of the incident.

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said Daunte Wright died as a result of “an accidental discharge” by the officer, who has been placed on administrative leave.

The bodycam footage of the incident shows Wright stepping out of his car, then leaping back behind the wheel and driving off.

“Oh sh–t,” the officer is heard saying on the video. “I just shot him!”

The officer was not immediately identified but Gannon described her as a “very senior” member of the force.

Asked whether she should be terminated, the chief would only say that she has a right to “due process.”

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Cops said Daunte Wright an outstanding arrest warrant.
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“I think we can look at the video and ascertain whether or not she will return,” he told reporters.

Gannon said he was unaware if a weapon was found in Wright’s car and said officers initially pulled him over for expired registration.

“There’s no gun that I was made aware of,” Gannon said. “It appeared to me in the video that the individual was trying to get back into his car to leave.”

The police briefing came as city business owners were still cleaning up after a new round of looting and clashes between protestors and police over Wright’s shooting in the fractured Minnesota community.

Images from the scene Monday showed demonstrators back on the streets, as police in riot gear and National Guard troops were deployed in anticipation of more unrest.

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Police said hundreds of protesters, many holding Black Lives Matter signs, looted stores and even fired shots a police station in the first major unrest since Floyd’s death.
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Gannon also became combative with reporters during Monday’s press conference, abruptly leaving then returning to defend police actions during protests sparked by Wright’s shooting death.

He said police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators after cops were pelted with bricks and frozen cans.

“Once we got pelted, we responded in kind,” he said.

Asked if cops would react differently, he answered: “Absolutely not.”

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Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said Wright died as a result of an “accidental discharge” when one of his officers mistook their gun for a taser.
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Wright, 20, was shot and killed Sunday around 2 p.m. after a police traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, a city on Minneapolis’ northwest border, according to authorities.

The fatal shooting took place just blocks from the site of George Floyd’s police custody death in Minneapolis on May 25.

Police said hundreds of protesters, many holding Black Lives Matter signs, looted stores, and even fired shots a police station in the first major unrest since Floyd’s death.

“Our hearts are aching right now,” Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said. “And we recognize that this couldn’t have happened at a worse time. We recognize that this is happening at a time when our community, when all of America, indeed, all of the world, is watching our community We are collectively devastated.”

Protestors demonstrate near the corner of Katherene Drive and 63rd Ave North on April 11, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota after the killing of Daunte Wright.
Protestors demonstrate in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota after the killing of Daunte Wright.
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The new protests came as the murder trial of ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin in Floyd’s death entered its third week of testimony at Hennepin County District Court.

Wright was with his girlfriend when he was pulled over on Orchard Avenue on Sunday, police said.

Cops said he had an outstanding arrest warrant — with Gannon saying on Monday that it was for a “gross misdemeanor.”

According to police, Wright jumped back in his car when officers tried to arrest him and tried to flee, prompting cops to open fire. He drove several blocks before crashing.

His mother rushed to the scene and described a call she received from her son before he was shot and killed.

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Gannon said he was unaware whether a weapon was found in Wright’s car.
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“Mom, I’m getting pulled over,” she said he told her. “They’re asking about insurance.”

The woman said she heard cops yelling, and told him to put the phone down and not to run. She said he was pulled over for having an air freshener hanging from the rearview mirror, according to reports.

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