After calling for due process for the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer who accidentally shot Daunte Wright on Sunday, City Manager Curt Boganey was fired by the City Council. He had served in this position since 2003.
During a news conference on Monday, Boganey told reporters, “All employees working for the city of Brooklyn Center are entitled to due process with respect to discipline. This employee will receive due process and that’s all that I can say today.”
A reporter asked Boganey how he felt personally about this case. He replied, “If I were to answer that question, I’d be contradicting what I said a moment ago — which is to say that all employees are entitled to due process and after that due process, discipline will be determined.” He added, “If I were to say anything else, I would actually be contradicting the idea of due process.”
The Daily Caller reports that the city council’s decision to dismiss Boganey was made shortly after his public remarks. The council also turned over command of the police department over to the city’s mayor, Mike Elliott.
Following the meeting, City Council member Kris Lawrence-Anderson commented that Boganey was “doing a great job,” however she “didn’t want repercussions at a personal level.”
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson said on his Tuesday night show he had invited Boganey to appear on his program, but he chose not to do so. Boganey instead issued a statement to Fox which Carlson read to his viewers. Boganey said, “I lost my job, but I still have my integrity,”
Daunte Wright had been pulled over on Sunday by Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter, a 26-year-veteran with the department, and another officer because his license plate had expired.
After running his information through their computer, they learned there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest for first degree aggravated assault. This charge resulted from a December 2019 incident in which Wright allegedly choked a woman twice and pointed a pistol at her because she refused to give him $820 in cash she had tucked into her bra. The charging document can be viewed here. I posted about this story here.
As the officers tried to place handcuffs on Wright, he resisted. Officer Potter meant to draw her Taser, and accidentally drew her handgun instead. In doing so, she shot him.