On Sunday, a young man in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Daunte Wright, 20, was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop.
“It happened as police were trying to arrest Wright on an outstanding warrant,” according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon told reporters at a Monday news conference that the officer, Kimberly Potter, meant to draw her Taser, and accidentally drew her handgun instead. He called the shooting an “accidental discharge.”
According to the Pioneer Press, Gannon released police bodycam footage which shows Potter shouting “I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!”
She draws her weapon after the man breaks free from police outside his car and gets back behind the wheel.
“After firing a single shot from her handgun, the car speeds away, and the officer is heard saying, “Holy (sh**)! I shot him.”
It was a tragic accident. Officer Potter, 48, is a 26-year veteran with the Brooklyn Center Police Department.
I don’t doubt for a moment that Wright’s death, as sad as it is, was caused by human error.
Potter had nothing to gain, and everything to lose, by shooting Wright. She was stunned after the gun discharged. This was not something she had planned. Why would she?
Brooklyn Center is a suburb of Minneapolis, an area that is currently bracing for the verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial. This shooting, needless to say, immediately set off a series of protests/riots.
Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat, doesn’t believe it was an accident and immediately took to Twitter on Monday night to say so. In the following tweet, Tlaib writes: “It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. … Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder. … No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.”
It wasn't an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist.
Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder.
No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 12, 2021
There are so many things wrong with Tlaib’s remarks. Why is a member of the U.S. Congress making such incendiary public statements, especially when the area is already a powder keg?
The city of Minneapolis, ground zero for the riots sparked by the death of George Floyd last summer which quickly spread throughout the country, is on edge. Daunte Wright’s death has exacerbated the situation. It has already set off rioting in Brooklyn Center. The slightest provocation is all that’s required to set off more destruction and chaos.
And Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib feels it’s appropriate to call for what really amounts to anarchy. What else would one call a situation with no police and no prisons?
Okay, smart one, why don’t we start with the Capitol building. Let’s eliminate the Capitol police, the inner perimeter fence, and the National Guard troops. Let’s free all of the “domestic terrorists” who are languishing in jails for their roles in what you call “the insurrection.”
In early February, Tlaib gave a tearful speech on the House floor about the frightening death threats she claims she’s been receiving since she took office. In the video below, she says she receives so many that she can’t keep track. She has a whole binder full of head shots of individuals she and her staff need to look out for. She was alerted to at least one of them by the FBI.
“On my very first day of orientation, I got my first death threat,” she told her colleagues. Oh, was that the day she told reporters, “We’re going to impeach the ‘motherf***er,” a reference to then-President Donald Trump?