Biden says there is no justification for looting in Minneapolis after black man Daunte Wright was shot and killed by cop who mistook her gun for a taser
- President Joe Biden said there was ‘absolutely no justification for violence’ in Minneapolis after black man Daunte Wright was murdered by a police officer
- “Peaceful protest is understandable,” Biden said in the Oval Office Monday. ‘But that doesn’t justify violence’
- 20-year-old Wright was shot and murdered by a female police officer who, according to her police chief, mistook her gun for a taser
- Biden told reporters that he saw the ‘fairly graphic’ bodycam video in which Wright was shot
- The murder sparked a round of protests as Minneapolis braces for the outcome of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the officer charged with the murder of George Floyd.
President Joe Biden said Monday that there was no justification for violence in Minneapolis after the black man Daunte Wright was shot and murdered by a police officer who mistook her gun for a taser.
Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, Biden said there was “absolutely no justification for violence” in the wake of Wright’s death on Sunday.
Peaceful protest is understandable. And the fact is, we know that the anger, pain, and trauma that exists in the black community in that environment is real, serious, and consistent, ”Biden said. “But that doesn’t justify violence.”
President Joe Biden said Monday that there was no justification for violence in Minneapolis after 20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer on Sunday.
20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot dead on Sunday by a female police officer who, according to the police commissioner, mistook her gun for a taser.
A line of protesters gather outside Brooklyn Center police on Monday after Duante Wright’s murder
The comments were consistent with what Biden said on the campaign trail, when former President Donald Trump tried to make the election on Black Lives versus Blue Lives Matter.
The president also revealed that he had seen the ‘fairly graphic’ camera footage of Wright being shot.
The question is, was it accidental or intentional? That has yet to be determined, ”Biden said.
The president said he had not yet spoken to any of Wright’s family.
“We must listen to Daunte’s mother, who calls for peace and tranquility,” Biden said.
Protesters and law enforcement clashed on Sunday evening, with the state summoning the National Guard.
When asked if he expected the country to be on the cutting edge over this latest murder of a black man by a police officer, the president said he would not speculate now.
“I am hopeful that there will be an outcome that will be supported by the vast majority of people in the region and that is my expectation,” said Biden.
Federal funds were already going into the area pending the end of Derek Chauvin’s trial.
Chauvin is on trial for the Memorial Day 2020 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which rekindled the massive Black Lives Matter demonstrations last summer.
On Monday, the police chief of the Brooklyn Center in Minneapolis, the suburb where the shooting took place, explained that a senior female police officer appeared to have pulled her gun instead of her taser, killing 20-year-old Wright.
“This was an accidental resignation that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright,” said Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon.