According to Fox news
Daunte Wright was a 20-year-old Black man fatally shot by a female police officer during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb Sunday afternoon.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon on Monday described the shooting as “an accidental discharge.” He said the officer responsible intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun.
Body camera footage of the fatal encounter shows three officers around a stopped car. When another officer attempts to handcuff Wright, a struggle ensues.
Taser! Taser! Taser!” one of the officers is heard shouting. Another officer fires a single shot from her handgun, the car speeds away and the officer is heard saying, “Holy (expletive)! I shot him.”
Authorities said the car was pulled over for having an expired registration and after determining the driver had an outstanding warrant, police said they tried to arrest him. The driver then re-entered the vehicle, and an officer fired, striking him, police said. The vehicle traveled several blocks before striking another vehicle.
Katie Wright said her son called her as he was supposedly getting pulled over for having air fresheners hanging in his rear-view mirror – an offense in Minnesota.
“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.
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.
Violence erupted in the Minneapolis suburb in response to the shooting, which Gannon suggested was a mistake by the officer who confused her gun with her Taser and fired at Wright as he attempted to drive off in his car.
Demonstrations outside the Brooklyn Center police department grew violent as rioters threw objects at officers and several area were looted.
“What was your decision to issue a dispersal order while they were peacefully protesting in front of the police station?” a reporter asked before noting that “CO2 canisters and gas” that were also used on the crowd.
“Just so that everybody’s clear, I was front and center at the protest, at the riot,” Gannon began.
“Don’t do that,” one reporter interjected.
“There was no riot,” another pushed back.
“It was,” Gannon doubled down. “The officers that were putting themselves in harm’s way were being pelted with frozen cans of pop, they were being pelted with concrete blocks. And yes, we had our helmets on and we had other protection and gear but an officer was injured, hit in the head with a brick … so we had to make decisions. We had to disperse the crowd because we cannot allow our officers to be harmed.”
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Gannon: "I was front and center… at the riot."
Reporter: "There was no riot."
Gannon: "There was… the officers that were putting themselves in harm's way were being pelted with frozen cans of pop, they were being pelted with concrete blocks." pic.twitter.com/aM5rfjYpxx
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 12, 2021