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Minneapolis police shooting: Accidental discharge of a gun instead of taser?

DW, 13 Apr 2021
An officer allegedly shot a young Black man after confusing a taser for a handgun. The police chief of the Minneapolis suburb where an officer fatally shot a young Black man told reporters Monday that the killing was the result of an "accidental discharge." Daunte Wright, 20, was shot dead during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis — not far from the courtroom where the trial against the former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is taking place. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said that the officer had fired her weapon after confusing it for a taser — she has been placed on leave pending an investigation. "This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officers' reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright," Gannon said.

Police clashed with protesters for a second night in the Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright on Sunday. The shooting sparked riots in an area already in turmoil over the trial for the death of George Floyd. To prevent violent protestthe city mayors of Minneapolis and St Paul had announced a nighttime curfew on Monday. Still hundreds of protesters faced off against police in Brooklyn Center after nightfall. When the protesters wouldn't disperse, police began firing gas canisters and flash-bang grenades.


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