Minneapolis officer meant to deploy Taser but instead shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright

Minneapolis Police fired tear gas and stun grenades at crowd gathered to protest the killing of a Black man by a police officer in a Minneapolis suburb on Monday.

It was the second night of protests after 20-year-old Daunte Wright was killed by a police officer, identified by authorities as Officer Kim Potter, during a routine traffic stop.

A curfew was in effect for Brooklyn Center and police arrested those in violation who ignored dispersal orders, according to Minnesota Operation Safety Net.

Dollar Tree store, near the scene of the protests was put on fire and broken. Graffiti was also sprayed on the building, including the initials “D.W.” and “No Justice No Peace.”

‘Officer meant to deploy Taser’

Earlier, Minneapolis Police provided account of officers’ actions while trying to detain Daunte Wright on Sunday following a traffic stop that culminated with an officer fatally shooting the 20-year-old.

The officer who killed Wright was identified Monday night as Officer Kim Potter, according to a news release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).

Potter has been with Brooklyn Center police department for 26 years, according to the BCA.

The town’s police chief, Tim Gannon, said his release of the video was for the sake of transparency and that the BCA doesn’t condone the release of video in ongoing investigations.

Gannon said the portion of body-worn camera footage released Monday led him to believe the shooting was accidental and that the officer’s actions before the shooting were consistent with the department’s training on Tasers.

“As I watched the video and listened to the officer’s commands, it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet,” Gannon said.

“This appears to me, from what I’ve viewed and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.”

The video shows three officers on a traffic stop, but the only video released was a minute-long clip from the officer who fired her weapon.

Gannon said she has been placed on administrative leave.

An attorney for Wright’s family, Ben Crump, called the shooting “entirely preventable” and “inhumane.”

“As Minneapolis and the rest of the country continue to deal with the tragic killing of George Floyd, now we must also mourn the loss of this young man and father,” he said.

President Joe Biden called for “peace and calm” as authorities in Minneapolis and St. Paul declared emergencies and curfews ahead of expected unrest.