Chief: Officer meant to use Taser, not firearm, on Daunte Wright


April 13, 2021

Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

In Brooklyn Center on April 12, 2021, protesters clashed with police over the shooting death of Daunte Wright at a rally at the Brooklyn Center Police Department.

The traffic stop that would end Daunte Wright's life played out on a Brooklyn Center police officer's body camera. Officers appeared to try to handcuff him; then he slipped back into the driver's seat.

A female officer yelled, "Taser, Taser," and then fired her gun. "Holy shit, I just shot him," she said.

Once again, a Black man died during a police encounter. In an instant, the world's focus on Minnesota shifted from the trial of Derek Chauvin to a new outrage that brought street protests, promises of reform, and anguish over a relentless pattern of deadly police misconduct.


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