Protesters, police clash over death of Daunte Wright

Source: The Hill | April 13, 2021 | Dominick Mastrangelo

Protesters in Minnesota clashed with police on Monday evening after the police chief in Brooklyn Center said that the officer who shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday meant to deploy a taser instead of their gun. 

Hundreds of people flowed into the streets of the Minneapolis suburb to renew calls for police reform and an end to systemic racism in law enforcement. Tensions in area and nation are already strained amid the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd. 

Videos and photos taken during the protests late Monday show protesters marching, chanting and holding signs demanding justice for Wright’s death. 

According to the Star Tribune, police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and flash grenade to disperse the crowds. Protesters later responded by throwing water bottles and fireworks.

Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer said that 40 people were arrested during the unrest. The city had imposed a 7 p.m. curfew on Monday. 

Police in nearby Minneapolis said 13 people had been arrested. 

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Body camera video released by the police department on Monday shows while officer attempted to take Wright into custody, he attempted to re-enter his car. 

During a resulting struggle with Wright, an officer is seen on the video pulling a gun and firing a single shot into him. Wright drives off for a short distance, later crashing and dying from the gunshot wound. 

“Holy shit, I just shot him,” the female officer is heard saying on the video.

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Elliott has called for the firing of the officer who fired the shot that killed Wright. The officer has been identified as Kim Potter, a 26-year police veteran.

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