U.S. protesters rally for third night over killing of Black man

Lawrence Kim
April 16, 2021

Potter, 48, was not asked any questions about the shooting or her intended plea.

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput is now handling the case, despite the shooting happening in Hennepin County, due to state law involving police-involved shooting cases.

Brooklyn Center police chief Tim Gannon claimed Potter accidentally shot Wright by mistakingly discharging her Glock 9mm handgun instead of her yellow Taser.

There have been plenty of reactions to the news that Potter will be prosecuted for killing Daunte Wright.

In a police video of the shooting, Potter shouts: "Taser, Taser, Taser!" as she draws her weapon and opens fire on Wright in his auto after he had just pulled away from a fellow officer, then she is heard to say: "Holy shit, I just shot him".

"I can't accept that - a mistake, that doesn't even sound right", he added. "This case needs to be appointed to the attorney general", said Elliott, "so I am calling on the governor to exercise his authority and to move this case from Washington County [to] the jurisdiction of the attorney general".

In a family photo circulated after his death, he sits with his toddler on his knee, celebrating his first birthday.

Wright family attorney Ben Crump said "full accountability, to get equal justice" is all the family wants - "nothing more, nothing less". "We have an bad lot of things that we have to deal with. when it comes to police, when it comes to massive inequality of economic opportunity".

A suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot the Black man and the police chief who called the killing an apparent accident resigned on Tuesday in the face of the civil unrest. That officer, Johannes Mehserle, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter - the California equivalent to Minnesota's second-degree manslaughter charge - and ultimately served 11 months in prison. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10years in prison. Criminal justice advocates have criticized the use of grand juries in police cases, accusing prosecutors of using them to avoid indicting officers.

Critics of the police believe the race of those involved played a role in which charges were brought in the Wright case.

Responding to criticism that officers used heavy-handed tactics unnecessarily, Mayor Mike Elliott said on Wednesday that the county sheriff's office, rather than city police, was handling crowd control.

Naisha Wright said Tuesday she hopes Potter is held to "the highest extent of the law", ABC News reported. "It is", Moran said. It is the most serious of the murder degrees. "They're also not washing their hands and saying she has no criminal liability".

The investigation is now being handled by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Washington County Attorney's Office.

Crump also represents the family of George Floyd, who was killed in May 2020 after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for at least eight minutes. The defence rested Thursday, and closing arguments are expected Monday.

Portland has been rocked by protests since the killing of George Floyd past year. Video of the scene showed a police officer with a megaphone telling demonstrators to leave the area.

AP reports that court records show Mr Wright faced allegations from last June that he fled from officers and had a gun without a permit. In her resignation letter, Potter, a 26-year veteran of the department, said that she thought resigning at this time was "in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers".

Body cam footage shows at least three officers, including Potter, approach Wright's vehicle and begin to detain him when police said he began to resist.

Immediately after, Potter can be heard saying, 'Holy sh*t.

WATCH | This police body cam video shows the moments before the shooting of Daunte Wright.

Police in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn tried to chase the crowd away but some protesters picked up smoke canisters and threw them back towards police as others shot fireworks towards the patrolling officers.

A charge of second-degree murder can be issued when the suspect intentionally kills another person, but not premeditated. About two dozen people were arrested on charges including curfew violations. "Taser! Taser! Taser!" then fires her handgun.

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