Special Report w/ Bret Baier – Monday, April 12
On today’s episode of ‘Special Report’, Bret tracks protests in Minnesota after female police officer mistakes firearm for taser and fatally shoots a 20-year old black man.
At least 40 people were arrested after protesters and police clashed for a second night outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department, authorities said during a press conference early Tuesday.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the precinct as they defied curfew and demanded justice for Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man fatally shot by police during a traffic stop.
Authorities fired tear gas, and flash-bang grenades into the crowd. Protesters retaliated by throwing smoke canisters back toward law enforcement, while others launched fireworks at the police lines, according to reports.
“Move back!” the police chanted. “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” the crowd chanted back.
Authorities said officers were shelled “pretty significantly,” with objects thrown from the crowd. A few officers were hit by debris and suffered minor injuries during the unrest, police said.
- The Minneapolis area also erupted in looting and riots late Sunday
- Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting death Sunday of 20-year-old Daunte Wright as “an accidental discharge.”
Earlier, police put up a fence and concrete barricades around the building’s perimeter. It was surrounded by local police, as well as, Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota State Patrol officers, the Star Tribune reported.
Looters also broke into a Dollar Tree store at a strip mall near the police station.
Police shot and killed Wright during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb, on Sunday. The bodycam footage showed three police officers gathered near a stopped car that was pulled over an expired registration. Police attempted to arrest Wright for an outstanding warrant, leading to a struggle, followed by the fatal shooting.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said the officer who shot and killed Wright had intended to fire a Taser, not the handgun.
The officer was identified as Kimberly A. Potter, whose career with the Brooklyn Center Police Department has spanned more than 25 years, the Star Tribune reported. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Monday night that Potter is on standard administrative leave.
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