Police Officer Who Killed A Black Man In Suburban Minneapolis Apparently Meant To Fire A Taser. The National Guard Has Been Called In And A Curfew Is In Place.

Protesters gather in front of the Brooklyn Center Police station on Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. The family of Daunte Wright, 20, told a crowd that he was shot by police Sunday before getting back into his car and driving away, then crashing the vehicle several blocks away. The family said Wright was later pronounced dead. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)

According to the chief of police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, which is located 15 miles from Minneapolis, the police officer that shot and killed a black man Sunday night apparently intended to fire a Taser, and not her handgun. 

The senior level police officer shot a single bullet at Daunte Wright. He then sped away, and the officer is heard saying “Holy s—! I shot him.”

The entire Minneapolis metropolitan area is literally a tinder keg, as the trial of Derek Chauvin is going on, and riots and protests erupted Sunday night, with over 20 businesses suffering serious damage. 

Three of Minnesota’s professional teams, the MLB Twins, NBA Timberwolves and NHL Wild all postponed their games Monday night, as the city is under a 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m curfew. 

The national guard has already been called up, and the city is bracing for more trouble tonight.  

Police chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as an “accidental discharge.”  He called it a “mistake,” and released the body camera footage less than 24 hours after the shooting. 

According to those who viewed the footage, it showed three officers surround a stopped car, which was pulled over authorities said because expired registration tags.  One officer attempted to handcuff Wright, as he was told by another officer he was being arrested on a warrant. A struggle ensued, followed by the shooting. 

Wright was being arrested for failing to appear in court on charges that he possessed a gun without a permit, and fled from officers back in June. 

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