President Biden mentioned it “stays to be decided” whether or not the police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a black man, throughout a visitors cease in a Minneapolis suburb on Sunday did so on accident.
Biden’s feedback on Monday got here after Police Chief Tim Gannon of the Brooklyn Middle Police Division described the capturing as “an unintentional discharge.” Gannon mentioned the officer had meant to discharge a taser and as a substitute fired a single shot on the man.
Gannon mentioned officers pulled the 20-year-old over for a visitors violation and tried to detain him after studying he had an impressive warrant. The person then reentered his automobile and an officer shot him.
The automobile rolled for a number of blocks till it hit one other car. Wright was pronounced useless on the scene. The officer, who has been recognized solely as a “very senior officer,” may be heard on physique digicam footage yelling “taser” earlier than firing the only shot that killed Wright. She will then be heard saying “Oh s***, I simply shot him.”
The president mentioned the dying was tragic “however we have now to attend and see what the investigation reveals.”
“The query is was it an accident? Was it intentional? That is still to be decided,” he mentioned. “I’m calling for peace and calm and we must always hearken to Daunte’s mother, who is asking for peace and calm.”
On Sunday night time, Wright’s mom, Katie Wright referred to as on protestors to stay peaceable.
“All of the violence, if it retains going, it’s solely going to be concerning the violence. We want it to be about why my son received shot for no cause,” she mentioned. “We want to verify it’s about him and never about smashing police vehicles, as a result of that’s not going to carry my son again.”
Protests broke out within the metropolis late Sunday into Monday, with demonstrators clashing with police exterior the Brooklyn Middle police headquarters. Some rioters threw rocks and different objects at officers.
Nationwide Guard members arrived within the metropolis shortly earlier than midnight to assist native officers. The protests had largely petered out by 1:15 a.m. Monday, based on the AP.
“The actual fact is that, , we do know that the anger, ache and trauma that exists within the black group in that atmosphere is actual,” Biden mentioned. “It’s severe and it’s consequential. Nevertheless it won’t justify violence and/or looting.”
The deadly capturing comes amid the trial of Derek Chauvin, the previous Minneapolis officer accused of killing George Floyd throughout his arrest final Could. Chauvin is seen in a video of the arrest kneeling on Floyd’s neck for greater than 9 minutes till he turned unconscious.
Floyd’s dying set off months of protests and riots in cities nationwide.