BROOKLYN CENTER, MN – Brooklyn Center city government has taken erratic and contradictory actions in reaction to the accidental shooting of a man by police Sunday night which sparked protests and violence.
The actions included banning crowd control tactics as rioters attacked police headquarters.
Daunte Wright, 20, was shot during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center on Sunday night. Police suspect Wright was accidentally shot when the officer, identified as Kim Potter, intended to pull her Taser when she drew her firearm and fired one shot. Wright was killed.
Warning: Graphic footage, including the shooting
Here’s the body camera footage of the killing of Daunte Wright that was just released. pic.twitter.com/A2X8qS8ZFH
— The Recount (@therecount) April 12, 2021
On Monday, the city council voted 4-1 to fire City Manager Curt Boganey. Boganey, who has served in the position since 2003, came under attack by some after comments at a press conference saying the officer who shot Wright will get “due process.”
One woman who attended the press conference Monday told Boganey:
“Daunte Wright did not get due process in that situation. She (the officer) needs to be fired immediately.”
After Brooklyn Center, MN, City Manager Curt Boganey says officer who shot Daunte Wright will get “due process.”
Presser attendee tells him, “Daunte Wright did not get due process in that situation — she needs to be fired immediately.” pic.twitter.com/TYDVUMFuUq
— The Recount (@therecount) April 12, 2021
The city manager was the only position within the city government that had the ability to terminate an officer. Boganey responded to the woman saying:
“All employees working for the city of Brooklyn Center are entitled to due process with respect to discipline. This employee will receive due process, and that’s really all I can say today.”
Brooklyn Center, MN Police Chief Tim Gannon calls Daunte Wright’s killing an “accidental discharge.”
He says: “It is my belief that the officer had the intention to employ their taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet.” pic.twitter.com/pEFmc1tOh2
— The Recount (@therecount) April 12, 2021
During the press conference, Police Chief Tim Gannon said that he supported terminating the officer involved in the shooting. The position did not help protect Gannon’s job, as the council asked the new city manager to fire him.
The City Council voted to recommend Gannon’s termination to new City Manager Dr. Reggie Edwards. Edwards said he would make his decision by today:
“I recognize that this decision is mine, as your chief executive. Coming to this position three hours ago, I do not have a recommendation. But I will have one overnight.”
Protesters call for the police officer who shot Wright and the Brooklyn Center police chief to be fired. pic.twitter.com/LfeBHg9SsR
— Samantha Hendrickson (@samanthajhendr) April 12, 2021
City Council member Kris Lawrence-Anderson was the lone vote against the recommendation to fire the chief:
“I do believe as a council; we should give our new acting city manager some time to evaluate the situation. I would not vote on immediately removing the police chief. I respect the work of the BCA and their investigation into the officer who created the shooting.”
The city council did not stop with terminating the police chief in the middle of a public safety crisis, but they then took action to prevent the police from controlling the situation. The council passed a resolution banning police from using crowd control tactics like rubber bullets, tear gas, and kittling.
Brooklyn Center bans police from using tear gas. And they used it 15 minutes later anyway https://t.co/yY5MVAv2ld
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) April 13, 2021
Councilmember April Graves said the resolution was needed to protect the protesters:
“I definitely think peaceful protestors (sic) should not be tear-gassed.”
Another council member, Dan Ryan, said, “We are committed to resolution and healing.”
The “peaceful protesters” council member Graves said she wants to protect from the police have spent the last two nights attacking Brooklyn Center Police Headquarters. On Sunday night, more than 500 protesters vandalized the sign outside the headquarters, damaged two police vehicles, and looted more than 20 stores.
Little Caesars has fallen in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Looting has fully kicked off pic.twitter.com/d8kq4ldS4d
— CIA-Simulation Warlord 🇺🇸🦈🇺🇸 (@zerosum24) April 12, 2021
Police said more than 20 businesses were completely destroyed. Looting spread into Minneapolis. Reports said that stores in Uptown and along Lake Street were also being looted.
On Sunday night, a curfew was ordered by Mayor Mike Elliott, and the Minnesota National Guard was called in to assist the police.
— Cat Hyde Кот Хайд (I’m just here for my ban)🖤🧡 (@KBoomhauer) April 12, 2021
The curfew Monday night did not stop more protests and violence. Brooklyn Center police were supported by state police and National Guard members as a large crowd gathered again at the police headquarters. Protesters fired fireworks at officers, and tear gas was deployed every few minutes to push the crowd back.
— Cat Hyde Кот Хайд (I’m just here for my ban)🖤🧡 (@KBoomhauer) April 13, 2021
Law enforcement then began advancing on the protesters, using rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. As officers battled violent protesters, the city council passed the resolution banning the very tactics police were using to control the crowd.
Authorities said in an early morning briefing that approximately 40 people were arrested, several officers were injured, and there were more incidents of looting.
The shooting came during a time of high tension in Minneapolis between police and minority groups as the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin entered its third week of testimony. Chauvin is charged with the killing of George Floyd just ten miles from where Wright was shot.
Minneapolis has been the scene of constant violence from Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other left-wing groups since the Memorial Day death of Floyd. His death also sparked protests and violence in cities like Portland and New York City.
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Looting and violence explode in Minneapolis – National Guard activated after police shooting of criminal
April 12, 2021
BROOKLYN CENTER, MN – Minneapolis exploded in violence again last night after the police shooting of a black man during a traffic stop. Rioting and looting spread throughout the city, and the Minnesota National Guard has been called in to help quell the violence.
LIVE: Riot cops are confronting a grieving community after police just shot and killed 20-year-old Duante Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota – close to Minneapolis https://t.co/0UbBbTOfP6
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) April 12, 2021
The violence erupted after an officer shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center on the border of Minneapolis. Brooklyn Center police said in a news release that an officer stopped Wright for a traffic violation shortly before 2 p.m.
During the stop, officers determined Wright had an outstanding arrest warrant and attempted to take him into custody. When Wright fled and re-entered his vehicle, one officer fired a shot, striking the man.
I’m in Minnesota to write about the Derek Chauvin trial but 20 miles away a 20 year old black man named Dante Wright was killed by Brooklyn Center police during a traffic stop. Crowds are gathered at the police precinct. pic.twitter.com/f8B8UNmxKa
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) April 12, 2021
Wright continued to drive for several blocks before his vehicle crashed into another vehicle. Officers and medical personnel attempted “life-saving measures,” but Wright died at the scene, according to the statement.
Police said a female passenger, later identified as his girlfriend, in Wright’s vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Occupants in the other vehicle were uninjured.
— liz (@namzuns) April 12, 2021
Police said officers were wearing body cameras and the department does utilize dash cameras, both of which were activated during the incident.
Brooklyn Center Police Department has requested the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) to conduct an independent investigation of the incident.
— Nina Moini (@ninamoini) April 12, 2021
The independent investigation was not enough for demonstrators who gathered in Brooklyn Center shortly after the shooting. Wright’s family and friends joined the demonstrators as they marched in the streets and carried signs and flags reading Black Lives Matter.
About 100 protesters gathered near the scene of the shooting and pushed through police tape, confronting police dressed in riot gear. The demonstrations turned violent as two police cars were targeted by the crowd. Windshields were smashed on the police cars as the confrontation grew.
— Abby Simons (@AJillSimons) April 12, 2021
Police fired non-lethal rounds in an attempt to disperse the crowd.
Protesters later walked to the police headquarters where about 500 protesters ignored police orders to disperse. Protesters began chanting Wright’s name, and some climbed a police headquarters sign. Police used tear gas, flash bangs, and rubber bullets attempting to dispel the riotous crowd.
Ah, yes. A curfew. That should do the trick. https://t.co/oO1QNloQS3
— K Fitton (@KelFitton) April 12, 2021
Police said one shot was fired at the front door of the police headquarters shattering a glass door, but that no one was injured.
The demonstrations devolved into rioting throughout the night, and the Minnesota National Guard arrived just before midnight.
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