The body camera footage shows the police arresting Wright who was allegedly run over for an air freshener in his rearview mirror and then had an arrest warrant. After initially doing so, Wright tried to get into his car and escape them. “I’m going to berate you,” the policewoman calls out. Then “Taser Taser Taser”. Then, “Oh shit, I just shot him.”
Gannon told reporters, “I believe the officer intended to use his taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet. “Regarding the later decision to use rubber bullets and tear gas on demonstrators, Gannon said:” I have taken police action, the decision is mine. Does that answer your question? “Yes. More than one of them. But it raises others.
I’m usually not a fan of videos of the police killing black people for no real reason. I don’t need to see this kind of racist violence. But in this case, the level of incompetence in itself is an important point – one that cannot be separated from racism, let’s be clear. From what sure looks like an excuse to stop molesting a young black man, to the idea that it’s a reasonable response to a mistake of this level made by a very senior officer who presumably didn’t suffer from rookie jitter The lack of care for human life is itself an indictment. And that kind of incompetence isn’t unique to this police murder: the Louisville, Kentucky police that murdered Breonna Taylor was also a case study of incompetence. But when some people, but not others, fall victim to this incompetence, we see whose lives are valued enough that the police care for their preservation, and who are considered available.
The video is valuable, but it’s also terrible. Think about whether you should see it.
Warning: graphic material, including the recording
Here is the body camera footage from the Daunte Wright assassination that has just been released. pic.twitter.com/A2X8qS8ZFH
– The recount (@therecount) April 12, 2021