Black man killed by police in Minnesota was 'amazing, loving kid'

Minneapolis shooting: More protests as police officer 'meant to use Taser'

Minneapolis shooting: More protests as police officer 'meant to use Taser'

Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a "full and transparent investigation" into the death of Wright, who police say was shot when the officer mistakenly grabbed her pistol, rather than her Taser, after a routine traffic stop.

Wright, 20, was shot dead during a traffic stop by a police officer whom the force later said appeared to have confused her handgun with her taser, in a terrible accident.

Wright's father, Aubrey Wright, told ABC's Good Morning America earlier on Tuesday that he rejects the explanation that Potter pulled the wrong weapon. A mistake? That doesn't even sound right.

"I'm hoping that this will help bring some calm to the community", he said. "He was my life, he was my son and I can never get that back".

Wright's family planned to speak again Tuesday alongside the family of George Floyd at the courthouse where the trial is being held for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in his death. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25, 2020, after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd's neck.

The recording touched off protests against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States and around the world.

The latest police killing of Wright has triggered fresh tumult.

Law enforcement agencies had stepped up their presence across the Minneapolis area after Sunday night violence.

"I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately", Potter wrote.

Demonstrators taunted police through wire fencing, and carried signs saying "Jail all racist killer cops" and "No justice, no peace". When the protesters wouldn't disperse, police began firing gas canisters and flash-bang grenades.

Police bodycam video shows shooting of Black man during a traffic stop in MinnesotaCBC News24 hours ago0:35
Police bodycam video shows shooting of Black man during a traffic stop in MinnesotaCBC News24 hours ago0:35

Minnesota police have released footage from an officer's body camera showing the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, whose death sparked protests and demonstrations. "Taser! Taser!" but instead fires a gun at the victim.

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright as "an accidental discharge".

Authorities said the vehicle was pulled over for having an expired registration and after determining the driver had an outstanding warrant, police said they tried to arrest him. When one officer attempts to handcuff Wright, a second officer tells him he's being arrested on a warrant. A female police officer shouts, "I'll tase you" and then "Taser!"

After firing a single shot from her handgun, the auto speeds away, and the officer is heard saying, "Holy s--!" He crashed his auto a few blocks away.

President Joe Biden called the killing "tragic", but warned against any potential violent unrest.

"We're going to do everything we can to ensure that justice is done and our communities are made whole", Elliott said.

The US city of Brooklyn Center is just 14 miles away from where George Floyd died in police custody last May.

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said he was "appreciative" that Potter submitted her resignation but that he had not asked for it. Elliott said he was not sure if it was because she had heard that she would soon be fired.

Prosecutors called almost 40 witnesses in the high-profile Chauvin trial including medical experts, current and former police officers, Floyd's brother, and bystanders to Floyd's arrest, as they sought to prove his death was due to asphyxiation by the officers detaining him.

Prominent cardiologist Jonathan Rich testified that Floyd's death was caused by "low oxygen levels" that were "induced by the prone restraint and positional asphyxiation that he was subjected to".

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