Tim Gannon, chief of Brooklyn Center Police, warned that the body camera footage of the shooting of Daunte Wright was “graphic” in nature. Police showed the footage at today’s news conference.
Gannon described the shooting as an “accidental discharge” by the officer, who he believes intended to use a Taser.
“As you can hear, the officer while struggling with Mr. Wright shouts, ‘Taser, Taser’ several times. That is a part of the officer’s training prior to deploying a Taser, which is a less lethal device. That is done to make her partners aware, as well as the subject, that a Taser deployment will be imminent. During this encounter, however, the officer drew their handgun instead of their Taser,” Gannon explained
Gannon said that officers are usually trained to carry handguns on their “dominant side” and Taser on their “weak side.”
“As I watch the video and listen to the officer’s commands it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet, this appears to me, from what I viewed, and the officer’s reaction in distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge,” Gannon said.
Watch Chief Tim Gannon’s statement: