It has been three days since Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old African-American man was killed in a police shooting at a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and protests by people, demanding justice for yet another black man fatally shot by the police, are still going strong.
Wright was initially stopped for an expired tag, but police tried to handcuff him when they discovered there was an outstanding warrant in his name. Police officer Kimberly Potter who shot Wright later claimed that she had meant to draw her taser, but instead drew her gun.
Bodycam footage released on April 12 showed Potter yelling “Taser, taser, taser,” as she shot Wright and after Write drove away, admitting to her fellow officers, “Oh ****! I shot him!” Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who has been retained by the family of Wright, tweeted the disturbing video. (Trigger warning: Disturbing images)
Crump went on to make a series of extremely serious allegations about Potters previous track record:
While protests were largely peaceful on April 11, on Monday, April 12, protesters gathered in large numbers and reportedly flung bottles and bricks at authorities. At least 40 people were arrested for violating curfew and refusing to obey disbursal orders.
On April 13, Potter resigned after 26 years in the police force saying, “I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately.”
Her family relocated fearing violence after her address was made public. Police Chief Tim Gannon also resigned.
Though protests on Tuesday were by and large peaceful at least till the afternoon, as evening progressed things got violent outside the Brooklyn Center police station with protesters once again hurling projectiles at the police. In response, police used pepper spray and fired flash bombs.
Protesters were also seen trying to scale a fence outside an FBI office in the area. A curfew had previously been declared and members of the National Guard had been called in.
*Feature Image: April 11, 2021 – Brooklyn Center, Minn. — Protesters gather after an officer involved shooting in the Minneapolis suburb. Picture by Chad Davis via Wikimedia Commons.