The officer was named as Kim Potter, the police union president. You can read more about her here.
The police chief, in a dramatic news conference in which he played body cam footage, said that Wright was stopped for having expired tags on his vehicle. The officer then noted an air freshener, but it wasn’t the reason for the stop.
The Chief, Tim Gannon, revealed that the police officer, a female officer who was not yet named, accidentally shot Wright, erroneously thinking that she was using her taser. He said there was no gun found in Wright’s car. The mayor of Brooklyn Center called for the officer’s resignation. She is on administrative duty.
Gannon said that Wright was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant. He said that social media rumors that the officer committed suicide are not true.
The officer shot Wright in a traffic stop. They said in an earlier press release that he tried to re-enter his vehicle when an officer shot him. The officer’s name has not been released. Authorities formally named Wright, 20, as the man shot, either. More than 20 businesses were broken into, authorities said.
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Videos from the scene showed people jumping on the roof of a police and shouting “f*** the police.”
It all comes as tensions are already heightened in Minnesota due to the trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, relatives identified the man shot as Wright, 20.
Here’s what you need to know:
Authorities Say the Driver Had an Outstanding Warrant
Brooklyn Center police wrote in a news release that Brooklyn Center Police Department officers “initiated a stop for a traffic violation in the area of the 6300 block of Orchard Ave. in Brooklyn Center shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday.”
Officers determined the driver had an outstanding warrant. “At one point as officers were attempting to take the driver into custody, the driver re-entered the vehicle.”
“One officer discharged their firearm, striking the driver. The vehicle traveled several blocks before striking another vehicle,” wrote police.
Officers in pursuit and responding medical personnel attempted life saving measures, but Wright died at the scene. Authorities are not releasing his name until a preliminary autopsy and family notification.
There was a female passenger in the car who sustained non life-threatening injuries during the crash. She was transported to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale. Occupants of the vehicle that was struck during the crash were not uninjured, police wrote.
Police Were in Riot Gear at the Scene
Police in riot gear were at the scene, and crowds were angry.
Nicole Neri, a freelance photojournalist, wrote on Twitter, “Daunte Wright was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop around 2pm today. Im here at the scene, where several dozen people are chanting and holding space at the police line.”
The Officers Were Wearing Body Cameras But That Video Hasn’t Been Released Yet
It’s believed body worn cameras and dash cameras were activated, according to the police press release, although those haven’t been released yet. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.
There was no mention of whether the driver had a weapon himself in the news release.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension wrote on Twitter that there was an officer-involved shooting, and they said it was in Brooklyn Center in their tweet.
“BCA agents and crime scene personnel are en route to an officer involved shooting incident in Brooklyn Center. More information to come,” they wrote. They’re the investigating agency.
The Star Tribune reported that a police officer was injured and taken to the hospital, according to dispatch audio. However, it was not yet clear what that officer’s condition was or how the injuries were caused.
Tim Nelson, of Wisconsin Public Radio, wrote on Twitter, “Katie Wright says her son, Daunte was killed in Brooklyn Center a shooting involving police. She said he was taking his new car to get it washed when an encounter with police apparently turned fatal Sunday afternoon.”
Star Tribune reporter Kim Hyatt wrote on Twitter, “Tense scene at the intersection of 63rd and Lee Ave N in Brooklyn Center. A crowd is shouting at the press and police saying that an officer didn’t have to kill a man. BCA is here investigating.”
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