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Riots and Looting Continue in Minnesota for a Second Night, Following “Accidental” Police Shooting of Black Man

Riots and Looting Continue in Minnesota for a Second Night, Following “Accidental” Police Shooting of Black Man

“Rocks and other objects were thrown at the police building, and there were reports that shots were fired in the area”

A young black man named Duante Wright was shot and killed by police in Minnesota this week. He was pulled over for expired tags on his vehicle when police discovered he had an outstanding warrant.

Wright resisted arrest and attempted to escape. A female officer who claims she meant to tase him ended up shooting him instead. Such mistakes, while not common, apparently have happened numerous times in the past:

While not common, instances of police officers accidentally firing a pistol when they meant to draw their Tasers, as the police in a Minneapolis suburb said happened on Sunday when an officer shot and killed Daunte Wright, are not entirely unusual, either….

Ed Obayashi, a California-based expert on the use of force by law enforcement, said that with appropriate training, it should be difficult for officers to confuse a gun with a Taser. “But unfortunately it does happen — this is not the first time and it won’t be the last,” he said, referring to the fatal shooting of Mr. Wright.

In a 2012 article published in the law journal Americans for Effective Law Enforcement, Capt. Greg Meyer, a retired Los Angeles Police Academy instructor, documented nine similar instances between 2001 and 2009.

New footage of the shooting has been released. Caution, this is graphic:

Now Minnesota has become the scene of a second round of riots in under a year. The media is back to using the word “protests.”

NBC News reports:

Minnesota police shooting of Daunte Wright sparks protests

Police shot and killed a Black man Sunday during a stop for a traffic violation, sparking protests and unrest in a suburb just miles from where George Floyd was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis in May.

Relatives and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz identified the man as Daunte Wright, 20.

The state mobilized the National Guard after crowds gathered in front of the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Sunday evening, and a curfew was ordered through Monday morning.

Rocks and other objects were thrown at the police building, and there were reports that shots were fired in the area, state Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said in a news conference. Police said they had heard reports that a crowd of 100 to 200 people was marching toward the police department.

If you go to Google News right now and search the term “riot,” the only thing that comes up is January 6th. To find news stories about what’s unfolding in Minnesota, you must search the term “protests.”

When the police chief used the word “riots,” journalists scolded him. They insisted this was not a riot. Watch:

Here are some recent clips from the “protest.”

This August 2020 tweet from Biden sure hasn’t aged well:

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Comments

The Friendly Grizzly | April 13, 2021 at 9:33 am

We will soon reach a point where any form of law enforcement regarding blacks will cease. That, or has been suggested in the past, have blacks patrol black areas. It won’t stop the riots, but will maybe tamp things down a bit.

    Only it wouldn’t be just trained, responsible police officers who happen to be black. Oh, no – that would not fit with the current fetish of treating bloodthirsty criminals as heroes and saintly martyrs. Instead it would be armed gangs of street thugs terrorizing anyone not considered acceptable by the ‘hood.

    The Mogadishu-ization of America gathers strength.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | April 13, 2021 at 10:30 am

      I don’t go where I am not wanted. It is about time they stopped doing the same.

      Call me racist, call me old fashioned, call me whatever, but, here goes: maybe segregation was how it should have remained. Maybe have employment at the same company, work together, whatever. Just, at the end of the day, we go our separate ways.

      Observe any military dining facility: darn little mingling going on. There are “black tables” and don’t you DARE try to sit at one. I observed the same thing in lunch rooms and cafeterias of factories where I did some of my field assignments. Same with schools.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | April 14, 2021 at 10:38 am

      We are on our way to the fatevof Rhodesia or South Africa. It is time for us to take back control. These people have shown themselves incapable of self-cobtrol.

      Racist? Perhaps so.

    And so the Balkanization of America begins.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to NavyMustang. | April 13, 2021 at 12:14 pm

      Or, our headlong rush into being the next South Africa because non-blacks won’t fight back.

        To be honest, I understand the hesitancy. Unless you’re independently wealthy, speaking out publicly against BLM is almost a guaranteed firing in today’s political climate that has been almost universally adopted by corporate America.

        There’s a reason Mussolini didn’t think his ideal fascist state could be accomplished without his corporate partnerships.

I am surprised that the retail businesses recovered from last year’s riots, looting, and arson.

What kind of experience did these MPD officers involved with this event?

Does this remind us of events like the Salem Witch trials?

    LongTimeReader in reply to lurker9876. | April 13, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    I have often compared current events to the Salem Witch trials. Leftists are the new Puritans.

      henrybowman in reply to LongTimeReader. | April 14, 2021 at 12:47 pm

      Especially with the new social mores of “don’t you dare say anything that could possibly or even remotely possibly offend anybody, except if they’re whites, men, or Christians.”

      “He’s a transvestite pederast cannibal… not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
      [Seinfeld bass sting]

The judge in the Chauvin trial is refusing to sequester the jury:

https://dailycaller.com/2021/04/12/judge-declines-sequester-jury-derek-chauvin-trial-shooting-riots-minneapolis/

Make no mistake: the judge WANTS the jury to see the ongoing violent insurrection. He want to make sure the jurors will be targets for retaliation if they vote to acquit (you can bet the names and addresses of the jurors will be leaked in the event of an acquittal). The judge knows that the brownshirts will hold him at least partially responsible if Chauvin walks, so he need to do something to deflect blame.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | April 13, 2021 at 10:32 am

    They don’t even need to be leaked. I am willing to bet the price of a good lunch that CNN and the rest of the tripe-hounds have been stalking the juries and their families since this got started. The camera people and the relay trucks will be in position at the jurrors’ homes before they even get half way home.

      Fat_Freddys_Cat in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | April 14, 2021 at 9:01 am

      “Of course we at CNN are not encouraging violence against juror Mr. Smith who lives at 1313 Mockingbird Ln–here is his picture–or his wife–here is her picture–or their three children–here are their pictures, along with their daily school and afterschool schedules. Here is a picture of their car, here is the license plate number. We hope nothing happens to them because that would be a shame.”

A female officer who claims she meant to tase him ended up shooting him instead.

I’d be pretty P.O.’d if someone tried to fob me off with such a shabby excuse, too. Like airplane crashes, police mistakes are not a reason to pretend that there isn’t a major problem.

Police incompetence is a laugh riot when it’s Mayberry R.F.D. When it becomes standard operating procedure and we have dead bodies lying around, it’s not so cute.

Police will not take training and staffing seriously if there are no consequences when they screw up. So, lucky Minnesotans can be abused by the police, or by the mob. I suppose were I a local taxpayer I could see some advantage in not being shot by people whose salaries are paid by me.

    daniel_ream in reply to tom_swift. | April 13, 2021 at 10:08 am

    An unaddressed problem in all this is that the issue has become polarized; much needed police reform now cannot happen because any criticism of police behaviour will be treated as full-on ACAB rhetoric.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to tom_swift. | April 13, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    I am not defending what happened with the cop shooting instead of tasing. That was a f-up of the first order. And needs to be dealt with, no question. That does not excuse Wright’s actions, which were such, especially since they knew by that time that he was wanted for what was originally an armed felony, would have likely meant violent apprehension if he did not cooperate fully in surrendering.

    But then there is the next question. If you want better cops, and better trained cops, in the area what is it that would get them to apply to that area or specific jurisdiction. I wore a badge for 28 years. I sure as hell would not have applied to an area where I was hated by both the people living there and my superiors in government. There are other places I could work, or I could change fields completely.

    What is there to draw good cops to make things better, or to have the cops there trust that the training coming down at them will not be used to make them a scapegoat? Remember, the City Manager was fired for wanting to give the cop legal due process. What does that say to anyone who is a cop there, or considering becoming a cop?

    Sometimes there is no longer a solution to a problem.

    Subotai Bahadur

    henrybowman in reply to tom_swift. | April 14, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    It doesn’t help that the Minneapolis area itself is only one short of a “spate” of high-visibility tragedies due to obviously incompetent policing by “under-represented demographics” hires. And I’m not including the Chauvin/Floyd incident here at all, which I don’t believe was egregiously mishandled.

Nothing says ‘the political and law enforcement system must respect the members of the community’ like looting, arson and mob violence.

Anacleto Mitraglia | April 13, 2021 at 10:17 am

To tell the truth, this last episode looks much worse than Floyd’s case: a cop accidentally confused his gun with a taser?
It seems possible to conclude that demoralizing and defunding the Police does not help with the professionality of LEOs.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Anacleto Mitraglia. | April 13, 2021 at 10:47 am

    These lethal “mistakes” have been going on since long before calls for defunding, and in some cases it goes on against the law abiding when the LEOs raid “the wrong house”.

      Yeah the confusion of the moment in using a firearm v teaser is pretty rare; supposedly nine or ten instances over a decade. Still there must be ways to mitigate that.

      Maybe have the taser at a cross draw from dominant hand? Maybe require that teaser front sight post is green while every service weapon has a red front sight post?

      Wrong house execution: likewise control mechanisms that actually are followed through and not ‘pencil whipped’ to ensure house numbers have not been transposed or some other basic errors.

      When LEO follow the established department policies and their training they should retain protections. When they deviate from that or the policies are ineffective such as a supervisor failing to double checking a street address the entire department should lose any immunity for what transpires.

      Preventable errors are not acceptable, especially when the workforce is armed.

        The Friendly Grizzly in reply to CommoChief. | April 13, 2021 at 12:19 pm

        Wrong house execution: likewise control mechanisms that actually are followed through and not ‘pencil whipped’ to ensure house numbers have not been transposed or some other basic errors.

        Having grown up in a town with a violent and nasty police departmen (LAPD) I have a healthy skepticism of any LEO group.

        But! Having said that, I have noticed something that has only gotten worse ove the years: no one posts addresses on an buildings anymore. Trying to find the average business has grown very difficult, especially with mini-malls and other places with no main address posted, and suite numbers either too small, just not there.

        The same is true with houses: so few have easily-read address characters. Maybe some of those “we got the wrong house” excuses are based in fact, not negligence. (Yes, my address and condo number are CLEARLY visible, and will be so in my new bear-cave.)

          Grizzly,

          On over 4 years of deployments we had inserted a house number system upon satellite imagery.

          That would seem a sensible solution utilizing the 911 addresses to the dilemma of unmarked street address.

          Heck how about simply passing an ordinance requirement for the property owner to place reflective numbers of x dimensions? Then after six months the locality does it for them as with a nuisance abatement?

          Visible street numbers shouldn’t be an insurmountable 1st world problem.

          I don’t disagree, but do you have any idea how many wholly preventable medical errors result in patient deaths every year? There have been some credible studies placing medical errors as the THIRD leading cause of death in the country.

        alaskabob in reply to CommoChief. | April 13, 2021 at 12:24 pm

        Can’t call this “accidental”…. negligent discharge is better term. There were a spat of wrong address entries in the 90’s including mistaken raid on U.S. Fed’s house… People killed and wounded . No looting and burning though.

        henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | April 14, 2021 at 1:04 pm

        “Maybe have the taser at a cross draw from dominant hand? Maybe require that teaser front sight post is green while every service weapon has a red front sight post?”

        No human engineering is so good that somebody can’t “improve” it into uselessness

        Taser Corp recommends the Taser be worn on the weak side so that it can’t be confused. NIH police departments then override this recommendation with gimmicks like strong-side thigh holsters because “they know better,” then end up defending suits like Torres v. City of Madera.

        At least one of these shootings occurred when the cop used her(?) laser designator to target the victim, meaning that the gun wasn’t necessarily even in her field of vision.

Number of people shot to death by the police in the United States from 2017 to 2021, by race

https://www.statista.com/statistics/585152/people-shot-to-death-by-us-police-by-race/

The scene was being handled until female cop comes over and insets herself into the situation causing it to go south, suspect gets away from cuffing cop, gets into car (why was he next to an open door?), and as he is powering it up she inserts her taser, err, glock into the situation (you literally can look down the sights with the bodycam) and within a few seconds yells taser taser taser bang as suspect drives off and other cops give her nice “WTF” glares.

There was a study which showed that female and physically smaller male cops were more likely to go for their gun in any encounter where a much larger male cop would just deal with it using hands. I believe that is where the “#unts and runts” observation originated.

The bad optics of this situation are an unintended consequence of someone trying to avoid bad optics on a different level.

    Affirmative action hire, poorly trained, in a defunded police department, shoots someone ‘by accident.’

    No one could’ve predicted this.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to LB1901. | April 13, 2021 at 12:27 pm

      And, said out loud would brand you as racist sexist whatever-ist and that would be that. Yet, the truth is what you speak.

      txvet2 in reply to LB1901. | April 13, 2021 at 8:44 pm

      According to other sources, she was a training officer and had a trainee with her. Talk about the blind leading the blind.

    iconotastic in reply to MajorWood. | April 13, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Why did the female officer stick her arm and hand into the handcuffing process? The video seems to indicate that the handcuffing officer had it under control until she showed up and did whatever.

    I also loved the look the two other officers gave her after the car drove off. If looks could kill….

Multi-shot IMMOBILIZERS, similar to tranquillizer gun, and a “shoot first” policy could reduce the numbers of looters considerably. Small multi-shot shot guns loaded with rock salt and, a ‘shoot first’ policy could do the same. Get threatened; get proactive. See a threat; ATTACK IT IN A NON-LETHAL WAY. SHOOT FIRST!

    henrybowman in reply to cali sol. | April 14, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Tranqs aren’t a solution, because unless they are carefully keyed to body weight and then adjusted for drug effects, they can either fail or kill. The rock salt solution doesn’t legally change your weapon to non-lethal force.

The more Minneapolis burns, the more I cheer.

texansamurai | April 13, 2021 at 4:24 pm

well, was not there–from the video, appears the officer inserted herself into a situation that the other two officers had under control–why?

doesn’t matter what color the arrestee happens to be, unless they’re actively resisting, force is not necessary(especially lethal force)

if there is any upside to this incident it’s that the officer who shot/killed the suspect will be shortly be relieved of duty/dismissed from the force and unable to foist themselves on the public in the future

Anyone who thinks this was a case of a racist cop shooting a black man can’t be particularly bright.

Apparently the officer has been on the force for over 20 years. If she were a “racist cop hunting black men”, then she’s done a darn good job of hiding it. After a quarter-decade walking around with a gun and badge, she decides that NOW would be a great time to intentionally shoot a black man…in Minnesota…with the Chauvin trial underway and the BLM mob just waiting for an excuse to loot and burn. Sure…the perfect time to let those racist feelings out.

Accidents happen – even egregious ones like this. It’s more than unfortunate that a man died…he shouldn’t have resisted arrest and try to flee, but he didn’t deserve a bullet. That said, the politicians and activists stoking the flames of racist animus will have the blood of every officer and citizen injured during these riots. The race baiting hucksters are ultimately the real villains.

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