A fatal shooting in Minneapolis in which a young African-American lost his life on Monday happened by accident, says the police chief.
Daunte Wright was shot when a policewoman pulled out a gun by mistake instead of an electric shocker, Tim Gannon, the police chief, told reporters. It happened as police were trying to arrest Wright on an outstanding warrant.
Officer Kim Potter has been working at the Brooklyn Center Police Station for 26 years.
Wright's death provoked protests despite the curfew imposed due to the corona virus.
Late Monday, protesters gathered in front of the Brooklyn Center police station.
Witnesses say some protesters threw fireworks and bottles at police officers who responded with tear gas and shock bombs. Tensions near Minneapolis are also high due to the continuation of the trial of the former police officer accused of the murder of George Floyd.
Daunte Wright was stopped by the police on Sunday due to a traffic violation, and the conflict occurred when he tried to get back in the car.
At a conference held on Monday morning, Chief Gannon released a short video recorded by a security camera, which shows Wright trying to get back in the car, while she (Kim Porter) is trying to handcuff him.
The recording reads: “I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” . Then a shot was heard. Wright gets in the car and drives away, and the policewoman says, "I shot him."
Severely wounded, Wright stopped the car a few blocks away.
"I believe that the policewoman took out a gun instead of an electric shocker and killed him with one bullet," Gannon said, adding that there were no words to ease the pain.
The policewoman was fired.
At the same conference, Mike Elliott, the mayor of the Brooklyn Center, said that he would do everything in his power to ensure that justice was served for Daunte Wright.
"Our hearts hurt, it's hard for us. We realize that this could not have happened at a worse time. "This happened at a time when our entire community, America, the whole world is watching us," he said.
We have already seen and heard all this. We have seen such arrests with a fatal outcome, and we have heard such statements of regret after the murder. Will there be something to change ??