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Body-cam footage released in death of Daunte Wright, police chief says officer meant to use taser during traffic stop

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People gather in protest, Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. The family of Daunte Wright, 20, told a crowd that he was shot by police Sunday before getting back into his car and driving away, then crashing the vehicle several blocks away. The family said Wright was later pronounced dead. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)

Another Black man shot and killed during a routine traffic stop, this time for expired tags.

After pulling the vehicle over, the police found out that Daunte Wright had a warrant out for his arrest for carrying a firearm without a permit. When they went to arrest him, he dove back into his car and things took a deadly turn. A veteran female police officer allegedly made a fatal error…she reached for her Taser but pulled her sidearm instead. She can be heard on the body-cam video yelling “Taser, Taser, Taser” and then a shot rings out and she admits she shot him as he drives away then crashes.

The police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Wright is on administrative leave while the incident is under investigation, the city’s police chief said Monday.

Many in the black community are asking yet again, “Why did Daunte Wright, another man of color, lose his life over a routine traffic stop?”

Apparently the Taser looks and feels very much link a service weapon, according to the police chief. But sometimes officers react with muscle memory and grab their weapon.

Officials say new a new Taser design that does not mimic a gun and intense police training will be proposed to make sure this fatal mistake never happens again.

In the face of George Floyd’s death, and the murder trial of the officer charged with his murder, this latest shooting is extremely heartbreaking and upsetting for the black community.

The department released dramatic body-cam footage of incident, which has rocked the Minneapolis suburb just miles from where George Flyod was killed during a police arrest last May.

Daunte Wright was shot once and died after the traffic stop on Sunday, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said. Body-camera footage released during a new conference shows two officers approaching Wright’s car and the officer who fired the shot standing behind them.

As the officer on the driver side of the vehicle begins to handcuff Wright, a struggle ensues and Wright appears to reenter the driver side of the car. The third officer who had approached Wright, is heard shouting, “Taser, “before she shoots Wright and the car drives away.

“It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet, “Gannon told reporters during the news conference.