The driver Daunte Wright was pulled over for a traffic violation by Brooklyn Center, MN police, and in the process of being arrested for an outstanding warrant. He was shot while returning to his car, got in and drove for a short distance, crashing and dying.
Protests have begun ten miles from the site of the Chauvin murder trial in Brooklyn Center Minnesota. Stores have been looted by opportunists and people have been arrested. The National Guard is aiding in crowd control. This officer-involved shooting includes dash and body cam video.
The victim’s family identified him as 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Hours after the shooting, hundreds of protesters surrounded the police headquarters and clashed with officers in riot gear, who fired flash bangs and tear gas. The Minnesota National Guard, which is deployed to the Twin Cities for the Chauvin trial, later arrived to assist police as numerous businesses in the area were broken into.
Police said the shooting happened just before 2 p.m., when an officer stopped a car on a traffic violation and found the driver had an outstanding warrant. As police tried to arrest him, he got back into the car and an officer fired at him, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said in a news release.
The man drove for several blocks before striking another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A female passenger suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening and was transported to a hospital, police said.
“We need to make sure it’s about him and not about smashing police cars,” — mother, Katie Wright
mistaking a gun for a Taser is a real issue among law enforcement officers. The company’s electroshock weapons were made to handle like firearms.
(2010) A Maryland police officer did not use excessive force when he mistakenly shot a man in the elbow with his.40-caliber Glock instead of a Taser, the 4th Circuit ruled, because he had no way of knowing that his “weapon confusion” would violate the suspect’s constitutional rights.
In a 2-1 decision, the federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., acknowledged that Deputy Sheriff Robert Purnell may have acted unreasonably in pulling his gun Frederick Henry, but the officer is nonetheless entitled to qualified immunity on Henry’s excessive force claims.
Judge G. Steven Agee explained that Purnell “lacked ‘fair notice’ regarding the potential unlawfulness of his” conduct.
“At the time of the shooting, case law did not exist that applied the Fourth Amendment to the specific context in which Deputy Purnell acted,” Agee wrote for the majority.
“Deputy Purnell could not have been on notice because no case gave him fair warning that such weapon confusion violated the Fourth Amendment as a use of excessive force.’