A black man “Daunte Wright” was shot and killed by a policewoman in Minnesota last Sunday (11th). The policewoman and the Brooklyn Central Police Chief Cannon handed in his resignation on Tuesday (13th).
According to the New York Times, the policewoman involved was Kimberly A. Potter (48 years old) who had been a police officer for 26 years. During her tenure, she served as a trainer and conducted training with junior police officers on the day of the incident.
In this incident, Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old African-American man, was shot and killed by a police mistake. The police said that when the authorities were performing routine traffic checks, they found that Wright’s car registration had expired and he was the person the authorities wanted to arrest. The authorities revealed a few days ago that the policewoman involved was going to use a taser to stun him, but she accidentally took a pistol to kill him.
After the incident broke out, demonstrators gathered outside the Brooklyn Central Police Station for three consecutive nights to protest. Some people threw bottles and other objects at the police to vent their dissatisfaction. The police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd, and dispatched the National Guard to station outside the police station. Agence France-Presse reported that law enforcement officials revealed that more than 60 people have been arrested so far.
Lucklin Center Mayor Elliott said that the city council has passed a resolution calling for the removal of Chief Cannon and Constable Porter.
He said: “I hope this will bring peace to the community.” He added that he has not yet accepted Porter’s resignation, saying that he will retain the option of dismissing her.
This incident is still under investigation.