President Joe Biden called for a “full-blown investigation” of the police shooting that killed Daunte Wright in Minnesota on Sunday, as outrage grew across the country over another shooting of a Black man by police. 

Key Facts

Biden told reporters an investigation would have to answer if the shooting was “an accident, was it intentional? That remains to be determined by a full-blown investigation.” 

Brooklyn Center Police Chief told reporters on Monday the shooting “appears” to be an “accidental discharge” and the police officer meant to grab her taser, but instead shot Wright with a handgun.

Body camera footage of the incident shows the officer saying “Taser, taser” before shooting Wright in his car.

Protests erupted around Hennepin County, Minnesota, on Sunday and tense encounters between police and protesters led to police using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

Biden urged protesters to remain peaceful in his comments.

Key Background

Daunte Wright, a Black man, was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota on Sunday. Wright was pulled over for a traffic violation, but Brooklyn Center Police said there was a warrant out for his arrest. When officers attempted to handcuff Wright, he went back into his car before an officer shot him. According to Brooklyn Center Police, the officer was a “very senior” officer, and has been placed on administrative leave. Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott told reporters, “I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties.”

Further Reading

Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright Meant To Fire Taser Instead Of Gun, Police Say (Forbes)

Judge Refuses To Sequester Derek Chauvin Jury After Police Shooting Rocks Minnesota (Forbes)