President Biden spoke out against the shooting of a 20-year old Black man by police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Sunday. The local police chief said that he the shooting was by mistake — and that the officer was reaching for his taser, not his actual gun.
“I think we’ve got to wait and see what the investigation shows. The entire investigation,” said the President. “You’ve all watched, I assume as I did, the body cam, which is fairly graphic. The question is,” he said, “was it an accident, was it intentional? That remains to be determined by a full blown investigation.”
“But, in the meantime,” the President continued, I want to make it clear again: There is absolutely no justification, none, for looting. No justification for violence; peaceful protest is understandable.”
President Joe Biden made a brief statement on the unrest in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota sparked by the fatal police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright while meeting with a group of Congress members to discuss the administration’s infrastructure plan. https://t.co/sScjWXx01q pic.twitter.com/BNJXJ6tFvD
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) April 12, 2021
An officer fatally shot a 20 year-old black man in a suburb of Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon. Body camera footage shows the officer pulling her service prison — though the police chief said this was done in error. She thought she was pulling her taser.
“This appears to me, from what I viewed in the offers reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright,” said Tim Gannon, Police Chief for the Brooklyn Center police.
Brooklyn Center chief Tim Gannon: “As I watch the video & listen to the officer’s commands, it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their taser but instead shot [Daunte] Wright with a single bullet. This appears to me… that this was an accidental discharge” pic.twitter.com/4hlDyVmLG2
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 12, 2021