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Protesters and police clash for a third night in a Minneapolis suburb as prosecutors weigh charges against officer

Hundreds gathered for a third night of protests to express anger over the police killing of a Black man in a Minneapolis suburb as prosecutors could decide as soon as Wednesday whether to charge the officer authorities say shot him.

The Washington County prosecutor is weighing charges for former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter in the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, he told CNN.

“I hope to have a charging decision by tomorrow,” prosecutor Pete Orput said in an email Tuesday afternoon. “I just received voluminous documents, and with enough coffee, I’ll have something tomorrow.”

Wright’s death Sunday during a traffic stop, which then-Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said appeared to be the result of Potter mistaking her gun for her Taser, has sparked widespread anger.

Protests, some violent, have taken place each night in and around Brooklyn Center, while related developments have unfolded quickly, including the release of body camera footage on Monday and the resignation of Potter and Gannon by Tuesday.

The third day of protest began peacefully, but by Tuesday evening, chaos erupted around the Brooklyn Center police station. Officers used pepper spray and fired flash bombs at protesters, who hurled water bottles and other projectiles at officers in riot gear.

Protesters were also seen scaling a fence outside the FBI office, holding a banner reading, “Justice for Daunte Wright.” Members of the National Guard were in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis and St. Paul.

By the time the city’s 10 p.m. curfew started, hundreds of protesters had dwindled to a few dozen. With officers and police vehicles forming a line across front yards and the street blocking the police precinct, those remaining draped themselves in blankets and lit a small garbage fire in the falling snow.

On the street where protesters were once shoulder to shoulder, the few remaining chanted: “Say his name: Daunte Wright,” and “I smell bacon, fry the pig.”

The unified command in Brooklyn Center made “upwards of 60 arrests” Tuesday night, many of which were for “riot and other criminal behaviors,” Chief of the Minnesota State Patrol Matt Langer said.

Speaking at the same late-night news conference, Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson said there was recognition of the pain suffered in the community on Sunday night.

“The person (Kim Potter) is no longer a police officer, and they’ll be held accountable for their actions,” he said. “But we can’t have people hurting our communities, we can’t have people hurting the men and women who are paid to protect them.”

Sunday’s killing of Wright is at least the third high-profile death of a Black man during a police encounter in the Minneapolis area in the past five years, after the shooting of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights in 2016 and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.

The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing Floyd, is taking place just 10 miles from Brooklyn Center.

Attorney Earl Gray is representing Potter, he told CNN on Tuesday. Gray is also the attorney for Thomas Lane, one of four officers involved in Floyd’s death, and one of the defense attorneys for Jeronimo Yanez, the former police officer who was found not guilty in Castile’s death.

Two families come together in tragedy

Floyd’s family left the courthouse during Chauvin’s trial Tuesday “because they thought it was important that they give comfort to Daunte Wright’s mother” and family, attorney Ben Crump said at a news conference with the two families.

“We will stand in support with you. … The world is traumatized, watching another African American man being slayed,” said Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd. “I woke up in the morning with this on my mind. I don’t want to see another victim.”

The losses of both Wright and Floyd were acknowledged in Tuesday’s protests. Demonstrators knelt for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, to symbolize the amount of time authorities say Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck.

And just as the Floyd family did last year, the Wright family is looking for more answers surrounding their loved one’s death.

One of the family’s attorneys, Jeffrey Storms, told CNN that Gannon’s explanation — that the shooting appeared to be an accident — “is by no means proper or enough.”

“There were a number of intentional events that led to (Daunte Wright) being dead, and we need to find out exactly why each one of those intentional events happened,” Storms said Tuesday.

“Grabbing your sidearm that you’ve likely deployed thousands, if not tens of thousands, of times is an intentional act,” Storms said. “A sidearm feels different than a Taser. It looks different than a Taser. (It) requires different pressure in order to deploy it.”

Wright’s father, Aubrey Wright, told ABC on Tuesday that he couldn’t accept Gannon’s explanation that Sunday’s shooting was accidental.

“I can’t accept that — a mistake. That doesn’t even sound right,” he told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He cited the officer’s length of service — authorities said she’d been with Brooklyn Center police for 26 years.

Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, said she wanted to see the officer “held accountable for everything that she’s taken from us.”

“It should have never, ever escalated the way it did,” Katie Wright told ABC.

What happened in the traffic stop that ended Wright’s life

Wright was with his girlfriend Sunday afternoon, driving to the house of his older brother, Damik Bryant.

Officers pulled him over in Brooklyn Center for an expired tag and learned he had an outstanding warrant, police said.

It was not immediately clear what the warrant was for.

Wright gave officers his name before calling his mother, Bryant said.

“They asked him to step out the car, and you know his first instinct was, ‘What did I do, what’s wrong?’ And they were like, ‘Well, put the phone down, get out the car now, we’ll talk to you about it when you get out,'” Bryant said.

“He said they pulled him over because he had air fresheners hanging from the rearview mirror,” Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, told CNN affiliate WCCO. “I heard the police officer come to the window and say, ‘Put the phone down and get out of the car,’ and Daunte said, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘We’ll explain to you when you get out of the car,'” Katie Wright told CNN affiliate KARE.

“So, I heard the phone get either put on the dashboard or dropped, and I heard scuffling, and I heard the police officers say, ‘Daunte, don’t run.’ And then the other officer said, ‘Put the phone down'” before it sounded like the phone was hung up, she said.

Body camera footage released Monday shows Wright standing outside his vehicle with his arms behind his back and an officer directly behind him, trying to handcuff him. An officer tells Wright “don’t,” before Wright twists away and gets back into the driver’s seat of the car.

Gannon said Monday it appeared from the video that Wright was trying to leave.

The officer whose camera footage was released is heard warning the man she’s going to use her Taser on him, before repeatedly shouting, “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

Then, the officer is heard screaming, “Holy sh*t! I just shot him.”

The car’s door closes, and Wright drives away. The car crashed several blocks away, police said. Police and medical personnel attempted life-saving measures following the crash, but Wright died at the scene, Gannon said.

Gannon said the portion of body-worn camera footage released Monday led him to believe the shooting was accidental and that the officer’s actions before the shooting were consistent with the department’s training on Tasers.

CNN

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  1. having watched the video, I am sick and tired of people saying this was racially motivated. He had a warrant, was going to be arrested, decided he did not want to be arrested, officer pulled out a weapon instead of a taser, never said anything racially charged. This is a training issue not a race issue. So f***ing tired of the BS about race it makes me sick. So you fight what you think is racism with racism, you loot, and destroy neighborhoods. WTF is wrong with how parents are raising their children. We are mocked by other countries, we are failing. So tired of all the BS.

  2. Instead of pushing the correct narrative, people like Tax Evader Sharpton and Jackson keep encouraging the riots. The correct narrative is to comply. If by chance the LEO’s do something that violates your rights, take them to court after the fact. Roadside plea bargaining and resisting arrest never work out. Just comply to their orders. Comply, don’t die.

  3. The time is now to for law enforcement to stop the radical marxist democrat terrorist groups BLM, ANTIFA and any sympathizers of these violent domestic terrorist groups from destroying America.
    They have caused billions of dollars in damage and have caused injury and death in cities across America for drummed up reasons by their organizers who get rich off the backs of their idiot followers and marxist donators.

  4. Maryland state trooper fatally shoots teen armed with airsoft gun, knife:
    Note…he was white…don’t see the people in Maryland rioting do you?

    A Maryland state trooper on Tuesday fatally shot a 16-year-old boy who authorities say was armed with an airsoft gun and a knife, a new report said.

    Peyton Ham was allegedly pointing the replica gun at the responding trooper, who believed it to be a real firearm during the 1:30 p.m. encounter in Leonardtown, a witness told police, according to Fox 5 DC.

    The unidentified male trooper shot Ham once before the teen stood back up wielding a knife, another witness told police.

    The trooper ordered Ham to drop the knife, but the teen refused. The trooper then fired another round.

    The circumstances surrounding the shooting were revealed during a Tuesday night press briefing by the Maryland State Police.

    The teen died at a nearby hospital.

    An airsoft gun and knife were recovered at the scene, the report said.

    1. Your point? The white guy had a gun and a knife and was threatening the cops (and others.) George Floyd and Daunte Wright had nothing but a fear of the cops. I wonder why?
      WHITE mass shooters – heavily armed – not shot by cops:
      Robert Aaron Long – killed 8
      Duke Webb – killed 3
      Thomas Kinworthy – killed 1 cop, shot 2 (both black)
      Kyle Rittenhouse – killed 2, shot 3
      Matthew Bernard – killed 3
      Robert Dear – killed 3, 1 cop
      Patrick Crusius – killed 20+
      James Holmes – killed 12, injured 49
      Dylan Roof – killed 9
      ______________________
      Now unarmed BLACK people killed by police – in just the last 6 years

      -Daunte Demetrius Wright, October 27, 2000 – April 11, 2021
      Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
      Shot: Brooklyn Center Police Officer, April 11, 2021

      -Patrick Lynn Warren Sr., October 7, 1968 – January 10, 2021
      Killeen, Texas
      Shot: Killeen Police Officer, January 10, 2021

      -Vincent “Vinny” M. Belmonte, September 14, 2001 – January 5, 2021
      Cleveland, Ohio
      Shot: Cleveland Police Officer, January 5, 20201

      -Angelo Quinto, March 10, 1990 – December 26, 2020
      Antioch, California
      Knee on neck/Asphyxiated: December 23, 2020

      -Andre Maurice Hill, May 23, 1973 – December 22, 2020
      Columbus, Ohio
      Shot: December 22, 2020, Columbus Police Officer

      -Casey Christopher Goodson Jr., January 30, 1997 – December 4, 2020
      Columbus, Ohio
      Shot: December 4, 2020, Franklin County Sheriff Deputy

      -Angelo “AJ” Crooms, May 15, 2004 – November 13, 2020
      Cocoa, Florida
      Shot: November 13, 2020, Brevard County Sheriff Deputies

      -Sincere Pierce, April 2, 2002 – November 13, 2020
      Cocoa, Florida
      Shot: November 13, 2020, Brevard County Sheriff Deputies

      -Marcellis Stinnette, June 17, 2001 – October 20, 2020
      Waukegan, Illinois
      Shot: October 20, 2020, Waukegan Police Officer

      -Jonathan Dwayne Price, November 3, 1988 – October 3, 2020
      Wolfe City, Texas
      Tasered/Shot: October 3, 2020, Wolfe City Police Officer

      Dijon Durand Kizzee, February 5, 1991 – August 31, 2020
      Los Angeles, California
      Shot: August 21, 2020, Los Angeles County Police

      -Rayshard Brooks, January 31, 1993 – June 12, 2020
      Atlanta, Georgia
      Shot: June 12, 2020, Atlanta Police Officer

      -Carlos Carson, May 16, 1984 – June 6, 2020
      Tulsa, Oklahoma
      Pepper Sprayed/Shot in Head: June 6, 2020, Knights Inn Tulsa Armed Security Guard, former sergeant and detention officer with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office

      -David McAtee, August 3, 1966 – June 1, 2020
      Louisville, Kentucky
      Shot: June 1, 2020, Louisville Metropolitan Police Officer

      -Tony “Tony the TIger” McDade, 1982 – May 27, 2020
      Tallahassee, Florida
      Shot: May 27, 2020, Tallahassee Police Officers

      -George Perry Floyd, October 14, 1973 – May 25, 2020
      Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota
      Knee on neck/Asphyxiated: May 25, 2020, Minneapolis Police Officer

      -Dreasjon “Sean” Reed, 1999 – May 6, 2020
      Indianapolis, Indiana
      Shot: May 6, 2020, Unidentified Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer

      -Michael Brent Charles Ramos, January 1, 1978 – April 24, 2020
      Austin, Texas
      Shot: April 24, 2020, Austin Police Detectives

      Daniel T. Prude, September 20, 1978 – March 30, 2020
      Rochester, New York
      Asphyxiation: March 23, 2020, Rochester Police Officers

      -Breonna Taylor, June 5, 1993 – March 13, 2020
      Louisville, Kentucky
      Shot: March 13, 2020, Louisville Metro Police Officers

      -Manuel “Mannie” Elijah Ellis, August 28, 1986 – March 3, 2020
      Tacoma, Washington
      Physical restraint/Hypoxia: March 3, 2020, Tacoma Police Officers

      -William Howard Green, March 16, 1976 – January 27, 2020
      Temple Hills, Maryland
      Shot: January 27, 2020, Prince George’s County Police Officer

      -John Elliot Neville, 1962 – December 4, 2019
      Winston-Salem, North Carolina
      Asphyxiated (hog-tied in prone position)/Heart Attack/Brain Injury: December 2, 2019, Forsyth County Sheriff Officers

      -Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, November 28, 1990 – October 12, 2019
      Fort Worth, Texas
      Shot: October 12, 2019, Fort Worth Police Officer

      -Elijah McClain, February 25, 1996 – August 30, 2019
      Aurora, Colorado
      Chokehold/Ketamine/Heart Attack: August 24, 2019, Aurora Police Officers and Paramedic

      -Ronald Greene, September 28, 1969 – May 10, 2019
      Monroe, Louisiana
      Stun gun/Force: May 10, 2019, Louisiana State Police

      -Javier Ambler, October 7, 1978 – March 28, 2019
      Austin, Texas
      Tasered/Electrocuted: March 28, 2019, Williamson County Sheriff Deputy

      -Sterling Lapree Higgins, October 27, 1981 – March 25, 2019
      Union City, Tennessee
      Choke hold/Asphyxiation: March 24-25, 2019, Union City Police Officer and Obion County Sheriff Deputies

      -Gregory Lloyd Edwards, September 23, 1980 – December 10, 2018
      Brevard County Jail, Cocoa, Florida
      Kneed, Punched, Pepper Sprayed, Tasered, and Strapped into a restraint chair with a spit hood over his head/Failure to Provide Medical Care: December 9, 2019, Brevard County Sheriffs

      -Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., June 18, 1997 – November 22, 2018
      Hoover, Alabama
      Shot: November 22, 2018, Unidentified Hoover Police Officers

      -Charles “Chop” Roundtree Jr., September 5, 2000 – October 17, 2018
      San Antonio, Texas
      Shot: October 17, 2018, San Antonio Police Officer

      -Chinedu Okobi, February 13, 1982 – October 3, 2018
      Millbrae, California
      Tasered/Electrocuted: October 3, 2018, San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant and Sheriff Deputies

      -Anton Milbert LaRue Black, October 18, 1998 – September 15, 2018
      Greensboro, Maryland
      Tasered/Sudden Cardiac Arrest: September 15, 2018, Greensboro Police Officers

      -Botham Shem Jean, September 29, 1991 – September 6, 2018
      Dallas, Texas
      Shot: September 6, 2018, Dallas Police Officer

      -Antwon Rose Jr., July 12, 2000 – June 19, 2018
      East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
      Shot: June 19, 2018, East Pittsburgh Police Officer

      -Saheed Vassell, December 22, 1983 – April 4, 2018
      Brooklyn, New York City, New York
      Shot: April 4, 2018, Four Unnamed New York City Police Officers

      -Stephon Alonzo Clark, August 10, 1995 – March 18, 2018
      Sacramento, California
      Shot: March 18, 2018, Sacramento Police Officers

      -Dennis Plowden Jr., 1992 – December 28, 2017
      East Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      Shot: December 27, 2017, Philadelphia Police Officer

      -Bijan Ghaisar, September 4, 1992 – November 27, 2017
      George Washington Memorial Parkway, Alexandria, Virginia
      Shot: November 17, 2017, U.S. Park Police Officers

      -Aaron Bailey, 1972 – June 29, 2017
      Indianapolis, Indiana
      Shot: June 29, 2017, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officers

      -Charleena Chavon Lyles, April 24, 1987 – June 18, 2017
      Seattle, Washington
      Shot: June 18, 2017, Seattle Police Officers

      -Fetus of Charleena Chavon Lyles (14-15 weeks), June 18, 2017
      Seattle, Washington
      Shot: June 18, 2017, Seattle Police Officers

      -Jordan Edwards, October 25, 2001 – April 29, 2017
      Balch Springs, Texas
      Shot: April 29, 2017, Balch Springs Officer

      -Chad Robertson, 1992 – February 15, 2017
      Chicago, Illinois
      Shot: February 8, 2017, Chicago Police Officer

      -Deborah Danner, September 25, 1950 – October 18, 2016
      The Bronx, New York City, New York
      Shot: October 18, 2016, New York City Police Officers

      -Alfred Olango, July 29, 1978 – September 27, 2016
      El Cajon, California
      Shot: September 27, 2016, El Cajon Police Officers

      -Terence Crutcher, August 16, 1976 – September 16, 2016
      Tulsa, Oklahoma
      Shot: September 16, 2016, Tulsa Police Officer

      -Terrence LeDell Sterling, July 31, 1985 – September 11, 2016
      Washington, DC
      Shot: September 11, 2016, Washington Metropolitan Police Officer

      -Korryn Gaines, August 24, 1993 – August 1, 2016
      Randallstown, Maryland
      Shot: August 1, 2016, Baltimore County Police

      -Joseph Curtis Mann, 1966 – July 11, 2016
      Sacramento, California
      Shot: July 11, 2016, Sacramento Police Officers

      -Philando Castile, July 16, 1983 – July 6, 2016
      Falcon Heights, Minnesota
      Shot: July 6, 2016, St. Anthony Police Officer

      -Alton Sterling, June 14, 1979 – July 5, 2016
      Baton Rouge, Louisiana
      Shot: July 5, 2016, Baton Rouge Police Officers

      -Bettie “Betty Boo” Jones, 1960 – December 26, 2015
      Chicago, Illinois
      Shot: December 26, 2015, Chicago Police Officer

      -Quintonio LeGrier, April 29, 1996 – December 26, 2015
      Chicago, Illinois
      Shot: December 26, 2015, Chicago Police Officer

      -Corey Lamar Jones, February 3, 1984 – October 18, 2015
      Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
      Shot: October 18, 2015, Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer

      -Jamar O’Neal Clark, May 3, 1991 – November 16, 2015
      Minneapolis, Minnesota
      Shot: November 15, 2015, Minneapolis Police Officers

      -Jeremy “Bam Bam” McDole, 1987 – September 23, 2015
      Wilmington, Delaware
      Shot: September 23, 2015, Wilmington Police Officers

      -India Kager, June 9, 1988 – September 5, 2015
      Virginia Beach, Virginia
      Shot: September 5, 2015, Virginia Beach Police Officers

      -Samuel Vincent DuBose, March 12, 1972 – July 19, 2015
      Cincinnati, Ohio
      Shot: July 19, 2015, University of Cincinnati Police Officer

      -Sandra Bland, February 7, 1987 – July 13, 2015
      Waller County, Texas
      Excessive Force/Wrongful Death/Suicide (?): July 10, 2015, Texas State Trooper

      -Brendon K. Glenn, 1986 – May 5, 2015
      Venice, California
      Shot: May 5, 2015, Los Angeles Police Officer

      -Freddie Carlos Gray Jr., August 16, 1989 – April 19, 2015
      Baltimore, Maryland
      Brute Force/Spinal Injuries: April 12, 2015, Baltimore City Police Officers

      -Walter Lamar Scott, February 9, 1965 – April 4, 2015
      North Charleston, South Carolina
      Shot: April 4, 2015, North Charleston Police Officer

      -Eric Courtney Harris, October 10, 1971 – April 2, 2015
      Tulsa, Oklahoma
      Shot: April 2, 2015, Tulsa County Reserve Deputy

      -Phillip Gregory White, 1982 – March 31, 2015
      Vineland, New Jersey
      K-9 Mauling/Respiratory distress: March 31, 2015, Vineland Police Officers

      -Mya Shawatza Hall, December 5, 1987 – March 30, 2015
      Fort Meade, Maryland
      Shot: March 30, 2015, National Security Agency Police Officers

      -Meagan Hockaday, August 27, 1988 – March 28, 2015
      Oxnard, California
      Shot: March 28, 2015, Oxnard Police Officer

      -Tony Terrell Robinson, Jr., October 18, 1995 – March 6, 2015
      Madison, Wisconsin
      Shot: March 6, 2015, Madison Police Officer

      -Janisha Fonville, March 3, 1994 – February 18 2015
      Charlotte, North Carolina
      Shot: February 18, 2015, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer

      -Natasha McKenna, January 9, 1978 – February 8, 2015
      Fairfax County, Virginia
      Tasered/Cardiac Arrest: February 3, 2015, Fairfax County Sheriff Deputies

  5. Ah… Nothing pays respect to the dead like rioting, looting and destroying property. There are more white people in this country, and more unarmed white people are killed by police than black people, but you never hear about it, because only black lives matter. Oh, how many people were gunned down in Chicago so far this month by non police? Any body care?

  6. Why would she yell “taser” unless she had planned to accidentally shoot someone…. I think they should review her body cam from as far back as possible to see if she had ever yelled out any of her other weapon choices in the past…. perhaps interview others that she had to use weapons on in the past just to confirm if she yelled out her choice of weapon in the past. I just want to know if that is common procedure because I’ve never heard an officer yell out “gun gun gun”, “cuffs cuffs cuffs”, or “pepper spray, pepper spray, pepper spray” before using any of those items… Wouldn’t that take away their element of surprise in the situation??? Just doesn’t sit right with me…

  7. sumdaze…you are nothing but a sympathizer and I’m guessing you took part in the crap this past summer here in the Springs? Maybe not…I could be wrong even so your list tells nothing. Like skippy said more white people are gunned down you just don’t hear it…provide the names of all the deaths not just your choice few…white and black.

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