- Police officer who allegedly killed Daunte Wright resigns after scandal
- The death of the African American has ‘revived’ the protests
- Meanwhile, Daunte Wright’s parents ‘broke the silence’
The mayor of Brooklyn Center in Minnesota, Mike Elliott, announced on Tuesday that Kim Potter, the police officer who shot African-American Daunte Wright on Sunday, and the local police chief, Tim Gannon, have resigned, reports Efe.
“As of this morning, we have received a letter of resignation from Agent Kim Potter. And in addition to that, we have also received a letter of resignation from the chief of police,” Elliott said at a press conference about last Sunday’s incident.
Police officer claims he shot Daunte Wright by ‘accident’
On Sunday, during a traffic control at Brooklyn Center, a white agent allegedly “accidentally” shot Wright, 20, according to the version of the local police, obtained by Efe. The agent wanted to use a stun gun known as “taser”
This, to immobilize Wright, but he got confused and fired his firearm at the young African American, according to the aforementioned version. Daunte Wright’s death comes at a sensitive time in Minneapolis, where the trial is underway for the death of African American George Floyd at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin.
Death in the middle of the trial by George Floyd
The death of George Floyd’s death sparked a wave of protests across the country. Wright’s death has sparked two nights in a row of protests at the Brooklyn Center, Efe indicates. And now, the parents of young African American Daunte Wright have ‘broken the silence’.
The parents of Daunte Wright, the young African American who was shot to death during a police check this weekend at Brooklyn Center in Minnesota, on Tuesday rejected the version of the local Police Department, which indicates that his death was an “accident.”
Heartbreaking words from Daunte Wright’s parents
“I cannot accept that. I lost my son. It will never return. I can’t accept that, a mistake, it doesn’t even sound good. This police officer has been in the force for more than 26 years. I can not accept that, “said Aubrey Wright on” Good Morning America “on the US network ABC.
The Wright family thus rejected the version that the white agent Kim Potter allegedly “accidentally” shot their 20-year-old son, as the local Police Chief Tim Ganno defended at a press conference on Monday.
A ‘mistake’ ended the life of the young African American
According to Ganno, the police wanted to use an electric gun known as a “taser” to immobilize Wright, but they got confused and fired a bullet with his firearm that killed the man, Efe indicates. In this sense, one of the family’s attorneys, Jeffrey Storms, criticized the police department “going out and simply qualify this as an accident” and considered it “inappropriate” and “insufficient.”
“There were a series of intentional events that led to the death of your son and we need to find out exactly why each of those intentional acts happened,” Storms said Tuesday in an interview on CNN.
Why was Daunte Wright arrested?
“They want responsibility, justice and answers,” he added. Regarding the reason for the traffic stop, the authorities explained that the vehicle was intercepted because it did not have some papers in order, after which they asked Wright for identification.
That was when they realized that he had an arrest warrant pending for not having appeared in court for the crimes of illegal possession of a weapon and resistance to authority, according to the police version obtained by Efe.
The young man’s mother demands justice through tears
The deceased’s mother, Katie Wright, said that situation “never, never should have escalated the way it did.” Wright’s death at the hands of the police prompted hundreds of protesters to defy authorities on Monday.
On Monday night the curfew imposed by the governor of Minnesota to avoid riots, was ‘circumvented’ hundreds of people. The protests over the death of Daunte Wright, finally ended with more than 50 detainees, indicates Efe.
Daunte’s death with ‘feelings on the surface’
The incident came as nerves are running high in Minneapolis, which is anxiously awaiting the outcome of the trial against Derek Chauvin, one of four police officers charged with the murder of George Floyd last year, which sparked a wave of racial protests across the country.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting death Sunday of 20-year-old Daunte Wright as “an accidental shooting.” It happened while police were trying to arrest Wright on a pending warrant, AP recalls. TO WATCH THE MOVING VIDEO CLICK HERE.
Police say he ‘wrong’ weapon
His death sparked protests and riots in a metropolitan area already under intense tension due to the trial of the first of four police officers charged in George Floyd’s death, the AP says. “I’m going to apply the stun gun to you! I’m going to apply the stun gun to you! Taser! Taser! Taser! (the mark of the gun) ”, shouts the police officer.
This, as heard in the shots captured by his body camera, which were presented at a press conference. She draws her gun after the man manages to get away from the police in front of his car and gets behind the wheel again, AP reveals.
“Oh dear… ..! I shot him “
After firing a single shot with his firearm, the car sped away and the police officer was heard saying: “Oh dear… ..! I shot him ”. Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said he “appreciated” that Agent Kim Potter gave up her resignation.
However, it was discovered that he had not asked, according to the AP. He added that he did not know if she decided to do it because she thought she would be fired. He stated that he has strong hopes that the resignation “will bring some calm to the community.”
‘Final’ words from the police who shot the young man
He also assured that he will continue to fight so that “full justice is done.” “That is what we will continue to try to achieve … We have to make sure that justice is served, that is what Daunte Wright deserves, that is what his family deserves.” Elliott asserted.
“I have loved every minute of being a police officer and have served this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of this community, the department and my comrades in the force that I immediately resign,” Kim said. Potter, the officer who allegedly shot Wright in her resignation letter, obtained by AP.
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