MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – During a press conference Monday afternoon, Brooklyn Center officials released footage of police shooting and killing 20-year-old girl Daunte Wright.
Cameras showed police approaching Wright’s car and asked him to step out of the car. They tried to handcuff him before he pulled away and returned to his driver’s seat.
The policeman with a projected body camera shot, pulled out a gun while shouting “Taser.”
After shooting, the officer said, “God, I just shot him.”
“When I watched the video and heard the officer’s orders, I believed the officer intended to deploy their Taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with one bullet,” said Brooklyn Center Sheriff Tim Gannon. . “This came to me from what I watched and the police reacted shortly after, which was an accidental shooting that resulted in Mr. Wright’s tragic death.”
Later during the press conference, Gannon was asked if he believed the officer who shot Wright should be terminated. He said that the officer deserves proper processing, but also said, “I think we can watch the video and be sure she’ll come back.”
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said during the press conference he favored the officer sacking. That person has yet to be identified, but Gannon said she is a “very senior officer”.
The officer has been on administrative parole and the Minnesota Criminal wanted department is investigating Wright’s death.
The curfew has now ended at the Brooklyn Center and the Minnesota National Guard was triggered the day after Wright was killed.
The incidents, which occurred just miles from where George Floyd died, led to clashes between protesters and police. Robbery and turmoil also flooded Minneapolis.