Minneapolis Police Chief Says Cop Who Killed Duante Wright Accidently Used Gun Instead of Taser
Brooklyn Center Police Chief said on Monday that the cop who killed Daunte Wright accidently used his gun instead of her Taser.
“It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet,” Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said at a tense press conference.
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“This appears to me from what I’ve viewed and the officer’s reaction and distress afterward that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in a tragic death of Mr. Wright.”
It’s yet unclear if the cop will may face criminal charges, according to Gannon.
“Let me be clear, we will get to the bottom of this. We will do all that is within our power to make sure justice is done for Daunte Wright,” Mayor Mike Elliott, who is Black too said calling death of 20-year-old Black man “heartbreaking and unfathomable.”
Mayor also mentioned that the officer was fired from the force.
“My position is we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life,” Elliott said. “I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties.”
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“Our hearts are aching right now. We are in pain right now, and we recognize that this couldn’t have happened at a worse time,” the mayor said. “We are all collectively devastated, and we have been for over a year now by the killing of George Floyd and that we continue to distressed as we go through the Derek Chauvin trial.”