Minnesota officer meant to grab Taser before shooting Black man during traffic stop, police say

A Minnesota police officer wanted to use a Taser, but mistakenly drew a service revolver before fatally shooting a Black man at point-blank range during a traffic stop, authorities said Monday.

The Brooklyn Center Police Department released body-camera footage of Sunday afternoon’s encounter that ended in the death of Daunte Wright, 20.

Wright was shot in the Minneapolis suburb, which is about 14 miles north of where George Floyd was killed last year.

Body-cam footage appeared to show Wright getting out of his car and then getting back in before a female voice could be heard shouting “Taser!” before Wright was shot. The officer had meant to draw a Taser but instead grabbed her gun, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said at a Monday press conference.
“This was an accidental discharge,” Gannon told reporters.

Mayor Mike Elliott said he wants the officer fired.

“We cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life,” Elliott said. “I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties.”

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