Ex-Brooklyn Center Officer Charged With Second-Degree Manslaughter In Shooting Death Of Daunte Wright
Violent protests continued in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota for a third night as demonstrators clashed with police following the apparent accidental death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright.
On Tuesday, more than 1,000 protesters gathered outside the city’s police station, which is now guarded with concrete barriers and a large metal fence. Police declared the protest an “unlawful assembly” and ordered the crowds to disperse.
During a press briefing later that day, Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer said more than 60 protestors were arrested for inciting riots and “other criminal behavior.” He stressed law enforcement will not tolerate these types of violent and dangerous demonstrations.
“I would just like to reiterate what other people have said and I’ll say it again, the behaviors that we continue to see are unacceptable and we are not going to tolerate them,” Langer stated.
“Make no mistake about it, we are prepared and we will be back tomorrow,” the police official continued. “And we are not going to tolerate the activities that we’ve seen the past couple of nights in the future either.”
Brooklyn Center’s police chief and the officer who accidentally shot Wright, Kim Potter, both resigned from their positions. The city’s mayor, Mike Elliot, said he hopes the resignations would bring some peace to the community. He added that he will continue to work toward “full accountability under the law.”
“I’m hoping how this will help bring some calm to the community,” Elliot stated. “I think ultimately they want justice, they want full accountability of the law and that’s what we are going to continue to work.”
Since then, Porter has been arrested and taken into custody on second-degree manslaughter charges. Prosecutors officially announced the criminal charge Wednesday. The 26-year veteran intended to taser Wright during a traffic stop, but mistakenly gabbed her firearm instead. She fired a single shot.
Wright was pulled over due to a traffic violation and police tried to detain him after discovering he had an outstanding warrant.
A curfew was in effect for Brooklyn Center and several surrounding cities from Tuesday 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. The National Guard also deployed troops in the region as a precaution against further unrest.
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