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Daunte Wright Accidentally Shot By Minnesota Police, Riots Ensue

Riots have broken out in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area after the Brooklyn Center police-involved shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Wright, who is black (or at least biracial) was driving in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota with expired tags and “something” hanging from his rearview mirror (possibly an air freshener). Police notice his tags and run his plates, they come back that Mr. Wright has a failure-to-appear warrant on prior charges of misdemeanor gun possession and fleeing police.

As a result of the warrant, and the bad tags, police pull Daunte Wright over. Body camera footage of the incident starts with Daunte Wright out of the car, probably because of the warrants. While Wright is being handcuffed, he squirms out of the arrest position and gets back into his car, possibly with the intent to flee again. This is the moment where things go completely bad for Mr. Wright and the officers involved with the arrest.

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One of the officers on scene pulled out a gun thinking it was a taser. In the body camera footage, she is clearly heard saying “taser, taser, taser”! Unfortunately, the officer did not have a taser out and pulled the trigger to the pistol in her hand, shooting Daunte Wright. Wright then drove off and crashed his vehicle a short while later, eventually dying as a result. It is not clear what charges the officer may face, but one thing this has done is inflame an already flammable situation in Minneapolis. The Derek Chauvin trial over the death of George Floyd is happening at the same time. Riots happened as a result of Daunte Wright and they are expected to happen depending upon the outcome of the Derek Chauvin case.

SOURCES:

Police: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun – ABC News

Windsor police officer involved in traffic stop incident terminated following internal investigation | WAVY.com

Brooklyn Center Mayor: President Biden Offering Support Following Police Shooting Of Daunte Wright – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Daunte Wright shooting: Minnesota officer shouted ‘Taser!’ but fired a gun instead, fatally shooting a man at a traffic stop, police say – CNN

Minnesota retailers looted following death of Daunte Wright | Fox Business

GameStop, Foot Locker, & dozens more looted in Minnesota CHAOS following police shooting of Daunte Wright (VIDEOS) — RT USA News

5 take-aways from the 2nd week of the Derek Chauvin trial | The Seattle Times

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Hey ABL, this is certainly a tragedy, with fault on all sides. Unfortunately the result was a man’s death. Avoidable, most certainly. My son is an LE and he carries his service weapon on one side and his taser on the other…one side lethal, the other side non-lethal. It appears right now, with what we know so far, this was an egregious, lethal mistake on the officer’s part. It certainly doesn’t make the current tensions any easier. Sad. I truly feel sorry for those citizens in Minn that are going to bear the repercussions of this.

  2. 9:57 – Q: What could have been done to prevent this from happening out there in Brooklyn Center? A – raise the kids correctly!

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