Daunte Wright death cop Kim Potter RESIGNS as his family 'can't accept' she confused gun with TaserApril 13, 2021
THE cop who fatally shot dead Daunte Wright has resigned as his devastated parents say they "can't accept" their son's death was a "mistake".
Wright, 20, was killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer shortly before 2pm on Sunday during a routine traffic stop.
The young black man was shot just ten miles from where George Floyd was killed last summer, leading to an outpouring of anger from the community.
Bodycam footage from the fatal shooting reveals the moment a female officer accidentally shot him while trying to use a Taser.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said the officer who fired the fatal shot had intended to use a Taser – not a handgun – and described the shooting as an "accidental discharge".
But Wright's parents have refused to accept that their son was killed by "mistake".
"I lost my son, he's never coming back," Wright's dad, Aubrey Wright, told ABC News today.
"I can't accept that – a mistake, that doesn't even sound right.
"This officer has been on the force for 26 years. I can't accept that."
A press briefing with the families of Wright and Floyd and Attorneys Ben Crump and Jeff Storms took place in Minneapolis this afternoon.
Screams of "say his name Daunte Wright" could be heard and his weeping mom, Katie Wright, said: "I held him in my arms."
"You see what they've done… let justice rain down upon us dear lord… they will not get away with this," a woman was heard saying.
The founder of Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence said: "We are here today to put an end to everything that you guys have tried to cover up."
Attorney Ben Crump thanked the community organisation for "standing up to police violence".
"This is a bittersweet moment," he said. "It is somewhat gratifying that you have George Floyd's family here, who left the courthouse where the trial of Derek Chauvin is underway because they thought it was important to comfort Daunte Wright's family.
"Because this time last year, almost a year ago, they were facing the unimaginable, they were facing the unbelievable, they were facing the agony of losing a family member to police excessive force.
"And it is unbelievable, it is just something I cannot fathom that in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a suburb 10 miles from where the Chauvin trial regarding George Floyd was taking place, that a police officer would shoot and kill another unarmed black man… I wouldn't believe it."
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