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Police: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun

BREAKING: Police officer who fired a single shot that killed Daunte Wright, a Black man, intended to discharge a Taser, Minnesota police chief says.

4/12/2021 8:16:00 PM

BREAKING: Police officer who fired a single shot that killed Daunte Wright, a Black man, intended to discharge a Taser, Minnesota police chief says.

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, the city’s police...

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, the city’s police chief said Monday.Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as “an accidental discharge.” The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was investigating.

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“Taser! Taser! Taser!” the officer is heard shouting on her body cam footage released at a news conference. After firing a single shot from her handgun, the car speeds away and the officer is heard saying, “Holy (expletive)! I shot him.”Daunte Wright, 20, died Sunday in a metropolitan area that was already on edge because of the trial of the first of four police officers charged in George Floyd’s death.

Gannon said at a news conference that the officer made a mistake, and he released the body camera footage less than 24 hours after the shooting. The footage showed three officers around a stopped car. When another officer attempts to handcuff Wright, a struggle ensues. headtopics.com

Gannon would not name the officer but described her as “very senior.” He would not say whether she would be fired following the investigation.“I think we can watch the video and ascertain whether she will be returning,” the chief said.Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott called the shooting “deeply tragic.”

“We’re going to do everything we can to ensure that justice is done and our communities are made whole,” he said.Speaking before the unrest, Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, urged protesters to stay peaceful and focused on the loss of her son.“All the violence, if it keeps going, it’s only going to be about the violence. We need it to be about why my son got shot for no reason,” she said to a crowd near the shooting scene in Brooklyn Center, a city of about 30,000 people on the northwest border of Minneapolis. “We need to make sure it’s about him and not about smashing police cars, because that’s not going to bring my son back.”

Protesters who gathered near the scene waved flags and signs reading “Black Lives Matter.” Others walked peacefully with their hands held up. On one street, someone wrote in multi-colored chalk: “Justice for Daunte Wright.”Full Coverage:Racial injustice

Katie Wright said her son called her as he was getting pulled over.“All he did was have air fresheners in the car, and they told him to get out of the car,” Wright said. During the call, she said she heard scuffling and then someone saying “Daunte, don’t run” before the call ended. When she called back, her son’s girlfriend answered and said he had been shot. headtopics.com

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ADVERTISEMENTAuthorities said the car was pulled over for having expired registration and after determining the driver had an outstanding warrant, police said they tried to arrest him. Then the driver reentered the vehicle, and an officer fired, striking him, police said. The vehicle traveled several blocks before striking another vehicle.

A female passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the crash, authorities said. Katie Wright said that passenger was her son’s girlfriend.Court records show Wright was being sought after failing to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June. In that case, a statement of probable cause said police got a call about a man waving a gun who was later identified as Wright.”

Shortly after the shooting, demonstrators began to gather, with some jumping atop police cars. Marchers also descended on the Brooklyn Center Police Department, where rocks and other objects were thrown at officers, authorities said. The protesters had largely dispersed by 1:15 a.m. Monday.

President Joe Biden was briefed on the shooting, and the White House has been in touch with the governor, mayor and local law enforcement, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.“We were incredibly saddened to hear about the loss of life at the hands of law enforcement in Minnesota yesterday,” she said. headtopics.com

National Guard troops and law enforcement officers continued to guard the front of the police department on Monday morning. Police were erecting a concrete barrier as Minnesota State Patrol officers joined the line in front of the precinct.Several people and reporters watched from across the street as traffic returned to normal on the street where protesters were met with tear gas the night before. One man yelled at the officers using a megaphone as others flew Black Lives Matter flags.

About 20 businesses were broken into at the city’s Shingle Creek shopping center, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said at a news conference.The National Guard was activated, and Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announced a curfew that expired shortly before daybreak.

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The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer charged in Floyd’s death,continuedMonday. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck. Prosecutors say Floyd was pinned for 9 minutes, 29 seconds. he judge in that case refused Monday to sequester the jury after a defense attorney argued that the panel could be influenced by the prospect of what might happen as a result of their verdict.

More National Guard members and state law enforcement personnel were to be deployed around the Twin Cities and in Brooklyn Center in addition to teams already in place for Chauvin’s trial at the Hennepin County courthouse in Minneapolis, Harrington said.

Meanwhile, all Brooklyn Center students were to attend online classes Monday because school buildings were closed, Superintendent Carly Baker said. Read more: The Associated Press »

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As a nurse, if I confused the sodium chloride and potassium chloride ampoules (even in an emergency situation) I'd probs be tried for murder. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Bullshit. Heres the best part; tasers dont have safeties. Assuming Kimberly isnt blowing lies out of her ass and *did* mean to use a taser, she would've instinctually known 'oh, this doesnt have a safety' and would skip the step of turning her safety off. This means that her firearm's

BREAKING: Minnesota police chief thinks we're all stupid and will believe his lies. it was a mistake but how in the living hell do you mess that up. She has been in the force for 20+ years. we can’t be quite about this stuff This may be a lie. The shooter has 26 years on the force and is the head of the police union. Police unions help prepare their members to defend wrongful use-of-force charges, so she knows exactly what spin has worked in court.

What a great argument for taking all guns away from cops. If they cannot tell a gun from a taser, they should not have guns. Full stop This is a lie. 'I was going to tase him but accidentally shot with my gun because I'm so incompetent i confused the lethal firearm with a simple taser' isn't a good defense

Why uphold this lie? This is a LIE. There is a substantial difference between a taser and a gun SUBSTANTIAL.

All the more reason to defund & abolish the police. This happened to Oscar Grant. These officers are incompetent. All of them. They shouldn’t be allowed around anyone in general let alone to have a job where they’re to “protect and serve”. They lack basic problem solving and communication skills. ACAB

Wow, pig chief lying big news This is cop propaganda absolutely sickening. Bending over backwards breaking the rules of grammar to make their lies appear as fact Irrelevant what intent was. Yeah no...if you mistake a taser with a gun...then you failed, the weight is different for one, You need to rewatch that video she knew what she was doing there was a paper in her dominate right hand she deliberately moved it to her left weak hand then she reached to her right and grabbed her gun. If she was in a confused or panic state the paper wouldn't have been dropped!

If you can’t tell the difference between your weapons then you shouldn’t be police officer. C'mon man.....U KNOW we don't believe that crap...🙄

'Police chief lies to public' would have been faster. If they can't tell the difference then just give them tasers and only tasers These excuses are getting out of hand. Breaking: journalistic malpractice abounds at ap so manslaughter at the *least* then, thanks chief Once again boys and girls the handgun goes on your dominant hand side,the tater goes on your weak hand side,class dismissed.

Take guns away from cops. Those who are not too sociopathic to have them are too stupid to have them. To all cops out there ... criminals who you think are reaching for their guns are intending to reach for something else. BS. Just like the GA shooter story about being a sex addict, but shot older Asian women. ITS BS!

Pretty sure this is a lie for a coverup, but lets pretend that this the truth: Jesus christ, in what world does this level of incompetence let you keep a job or even get one especially one that is meant to “protect and serve”? Someone fucking died. A family is grieving. That's a lie and they know it. Literally a big lie

Narrator: bullshit from more bullshit racist cops. It wasn't an accident. We will find out. so often i do the same thing. The victim intended to go home, not be murdered. It is inexcusable, Daunte Wright was killed and no longer with us. This explanation of intent is the weakest line of the story. Absolutely, not acceptable!!! The man of color is made a risk in his society, a living victim of all kinds of police brutality.

Deserved it. Looks like they both have pretty distinct safety mechanisms. Probably didn't notice that either. Or the difference in size, weight, color and which side of the body it's always kept on.

How there you call him a police ? Funny how it's only an accident when it's a black person. Same excuse BART police used when he killed Oscar Grant in “Fruitvale”. It’s BS Maybe they shouldn't be carrying guns if they can't tell the difference between a gun and a taser. She can't tell the feel of a 5aser from a Glock ... shouldn't be a cop. Shouldn't own a gun. Should be fired!

Are you serious AP? No such thing as “Minnesota police chief.” You are the damn AP, do better. As long as we continue to to have armed officers pulling people over for minor traffic violations, these unnecessary deaths will keep happening. Listen, police offices are specifically trained, for emotionally charged situatuon. However, upbringing superseded that training and instinct prevails. Besides that fact, during training, the taser and the firearm are kept in different positions to avoid mistakes! Try again!

Sure she did.

Bullshit if they can't tell when they have a pistol in their hand rather than a taser maybe they shouldn't have guns BREAKING: Minnesota Police Chief explains police cannot tell the difference between their tasers and their guns. I see a really obvious solution here. Police are no longer allowed anything more dangerous than a taser. BOOM. Solved. No longer have to tell the difference!

A 3 year old can tell you the difference between a taser and a Glock Gotta love race in the title. Hey how come you don’t do this whenever a white person is shot? Stop being racist hey guys! check our my cool new taser!!!

It’s was a mistake so that makes it okay As much as this is clearly a lie, I'm just going to point out 'killing someone due to gross negligance' is still a crime. He shouldn't have been tasing the guy either better invest in twelve million dollar guns 'n more shape sorter toys for the police Stop spreading police lies

It's a lie. You don't have to give the cops cover. Hi I'm a shitty cop, do you need to use my ink pen? Here you go- POW POW POW OOOOOOPS GTFOH with this shit, reporting this like it's indisputable fact stop quoting cops unless you're going to say its a blatant lie 'We aren't competent enough to use our guns'

Until the press helps race relations instead of pouring fluid on an already combustible situation we will continue to bleed as a country! This must stop and the media must bring down the rhetoric! Bullshit. briefly_tldr highlight So these officers aren't actually trained, that's reassuring. It was a female I saw the body can video and she had the gun in hand already when she fired the pistol

We can give cops all the training and fancy equipment available, but they'll always be dumb-as-shit reactionaries whose first instinct is to murder you in cold blood Reporting their lies without identifying them as lies isn't really doing your job. *cough cough BULLSHIT cough cough*

Joni_Looking Yeah,,,Right,,,Sure,,,You betcha,,,,, Are they next to each other on the belt? Should probably move the tazer to be on the left or front or something so this doesn't reoccur. DefundThePolice Too much authority Too common sense and surely too incompetent to do the job How does a ‘trained’ cop get a gun and a taser mixed up? 🙄

Herrrrrrre we go again. Meant to pull out a taser? That’s a new one 'Intended' A doctor makes a medical mistake. Has to fight tooth and nail to keep their license. An officer 'Makes a mistake'(murders) someone, oops silly me Wow, lots of unemployed, experienced, police officers that have clearly been in these situations making comments in this thread..................

She should accidentally tase herself

I like how u snuck that, 'a black man' in there If you are so liable to absolutely crumble under that little pressure that you'll mistake a taser for your sidearm, you should not be allowed to handle either. Fire her, charge her with manslaughter. I hope the family sues the State into bankruptcy. How long was she on the force?

...so cops should not carry guns then. Seems an easy fix. They’re too stupid to tell the difference so they shouldn’t handle guns, But for this cop tell you what: let’s flip a coin, and he either gets shot in the head with a taser or a gun. 50/50 chance. Have you all noticed that these police officers are more afraid of unarmed black and brown people than white mass shooters; that just killed people prior to their arrest by the way smh. Black lives Matter!

You cant hide anymore blue wall of silence we see you. Oh okay, no big deal then. We can all go home, guys. It's just another whoopsie you see? A taser. At someone inside a car. That's absolute bullshit. Disgrace How does he know,suppose it was an intent to kill or disable the victim

Serious question ; Serious question AP, why use this photo? Why not use a photo of DuanteWright ? He was the one killed. So he’s dumb and untrained enough not to recognize the differences in look and feeling and weight of a taser vs a gun? Great defense. are glocks yellow? if you answered no, congrats! youre a normal person and not this douchebag

Meant to draw a teaser my ass. These racist ass cops just want an excuse to kill black people. If you don't know the f**king difference between drawing a teaser and a handgun, then you're not f**king fit to be a cop. The only difference between mass murderers and cops is a badge. Why are you repeating obviously lies?

You have got to be joking Training never got around to weapons identification? You’d think knowing the difference between the two is a big part of their job. He didn’t need to be tased either

That “I was reaching for my taser” defense lost credibility about 5 shootings ago. Time to try a new play. Why do you have pictures of rioters when it was a traffic stop? Lol This is really their idea of a good defense? total BS. who'd believe this nonsense. shame on you. This is horrifying on so many levels.

A Taser Pulse weighs 8 oz; a loaded Glock 23 weighs 32 oz. Stop reporting such obvious lies from the police. Why did he flee How are inept, bias, and ignorant people keep getting jobs as police officers? Those pre-employment psychological tests aren’t working.

DefundThePolice BlackLivesMatter They had his license plate, let him go, he would be alive, which more serious charges. Why such determination that leads to death? I am betting he was shot in the back, so this seems like a good excuse, but that is my opinion. Oh please we all know he knew what he was doing at the time. This excuse was invented after the fact by the chief and or union to make the situation appear the way they want it to. That it was a mistake and not a go to action. Defund and disarm the bastards, every last one.

How many times do we have to go through this until we change our culture and society? Forever I guess. hahahahhaaha yeah...sure Say it with me now Man Slaughter I can’t even comprehend this BS!!! Idk man. A lot of holes, unknown and unanswered questions in this story so far. Seems like the protest popped off immediately...but somewhat understandable cause tensions were already high but still...idk.

eye for an eye

And we give military grade equipment to police, who can't tell the difference between a gun and a taser.. LEBassett Police chief came to this conclusion after meeting with Police Union lawyers The most common sense gun control would be taking them away from the groups that consistently use them to kill, like governments.

Bullshit. Do y’all think we are dumb? I wish I could be this incompetent at my job with this severe of an outcome and still be defended by my bosses and coworkers Oh wow well if the police chief says This is just an insult on top of everything else. They think you’re stupid Liars So, at least manslaughter, then? DaunteWright

BrennaDemands That makes no sense at all!

Bullshit So they put a guy who can’t tell the difference between a taser and a gun on the street with a badge? 👇🏿 This press conference is a mess. Not good when tensions are high. This is why cops need to be trained for WAY LONGER... should not be easy to be in such a role. Excuses.. Same thing as Oscar Grant. Do these cops learn anything ever?

That's bullshit. I’m sure it was because he was black haha. Love how the media makes everything racial

Is there an OSHA for cops? So the cop was wrong It sounds as though a 'defense' is being laid out BEFORE the investigation. 🤦🏾‍♂️ 'I meant to hit the brakes but I hit the gas and my car went into that crowd of people. The pedals look so similar. My bad.' DFriesenGlobal Ah, the 'oopsie' excuse. Well, in that case everything is forgiven, I guess. I'll try that too next time. I'm sure the judge will acquit me right away. /s

That's now the second time they're using that same excuse. They continue to murder us with impunity. OscarGrant Police lie. Let’s not forget