Police Union Leader Condemns Mayor of Brooklyn Center for ‘Letting Political Activists Run the Show’

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A police union leader has criticized the Brooklyn Center mayor for “ letting political activists run the show ” after a white female police officer shot and killed a black man in town.

Brian Peters, the head of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, told WCCO-AM radio, “ If I were the mayor, I wouldn’t allow the political activists [to] run the show. ‘

Peters claims that Mike Elliott – mayor since January 2019 – is ‘way above his head’.

He also suggested that Daunte Wright “ should have complied ” during the arrest that led to his death on Sunday, adding, “ This is going to be an unpopular statement.

Daunte Wright, if only he complied – he was told he was under arrest, they arrested him on a gun warrant – he set in motion a chain of events that unfortunately led to his death.

‘I don’t apologize. But nowadays we see in the police that non-compliance by the public. ‘

Former officer Kim Potter, 48, was charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday – with a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison – for murdering 20-year-old Wright.

She posted a $ 100,000 bail bond Wednesday night and was released from Hennepin County jail, according to online records.

Brian Peters, Executive Director of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott

Police union leader Brian Peters has convicted Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott for having “ let political activists run the show ” in the aftermath of police’s deadly shooting of a black man.

Peters also said that fired City Manager Curt Boganey and Police Chief Tim Gannon, who resigned after Sunday’s shootings, were “ political pawns. ”

Mayor Mike Elliott, 37, a black man who immigrated from Liberia as a child, said, “ It’s very difficult for myself, for the community, to deal with the pain and pain that comes from watching a young man. be killed before our very eyes. ‘

Since the shooting on Sunday, the mayor has become the face of this community’s struggles as a former Minneapolis police officer comes to trial in the Floyd case.

Brooklyn Center, Min., Police Chief Tim Gannon

Curt Boganey

Peters also said fired City Manager Curt Boganey, right, and Police Chief Tim Gannon, left, who resigned in the wake of Sunday’s shootings, were “political pawns.”

Elliott has pledged transparency and was accountable for Wright’s death.

But Peters said of his meetings with the press earlier this week, “If you look at that press conference, you can see that the community activists led that press conference.”

He claims Elliott – mayor since January 2019 – is “way above his head,” adding, “The decisions this mayor makes are not at all what I’ve ever seen.”

The shooting of Wright by a white police officer sparked four days of protests at Brooklyn Center.

Under pressure to quickly fire the officer involved, Elliott and the city council voted to fire the city administrator and turn the police over to the mayor.

A protester with a pig's head on a pole has said the only way things will change is `` when people start throwing things '' on a fourth night of unrest in Minnesota on Wednesday after police shot a black man there.

A protester with a pig’s head on a pole has said the only way things will change is “ when people start throwing things ” on a fourth night of unrest in Minnesota on Wednesday after police shot a black man there.

Shortly after 9 p.m., the police announced through a loudspeaker that the protest was an illegal gathering

Shortly after 9 p.m., the police announced through a loudspeaker that the protest was an illegal gathering

A protester is depicted on the floor on Wednesday during a collision with police.  A second protester appears to be protecting her with an umbrella shield

A protester is depicted on the floor on Wednesday during a collision with police. A second protester appears to be protecting her with an umbrella shield

On Tuesday, Potter and the police chief resigned. Elliot made it clear that the city was already firing Potter. He said he hoped her departure would “bring some peace to the community.”

But the mayor also acknowledges systemic sources of distrust between residents and police in his city.

Of the approximately 50 sworn city government officers, there are “very few” people of color and none live in Brooklyn Center, he said, acknowledging that the latter was a clear problem.

“It is extremely important that a significant number of your officers live in the community where they serve,” he said.

Kimberly Potter, 48, was released from Hennepin County Jail at 5:38 p.m. after posting a $ 100,000 bond

Potter has been charged with shooting Daunte Wright in the photo

Kimberly Potter, 48, left, was released from Hennepin County jail at 5:38 p.m. after posting $ 100,000 bail after being charged with shooting Daunte Wright, right

The former Brooklyn Center police chief has said that Potter, a 26-year-old veteran and training officer, intended to use her Taser on Wright, but fired her gun instead.

Potter shouted ‘Taser, Taser, Taser’ as she pulled the trigger of her gun at 2:02:01 and fired a shot into the victim’s left side, the complaint states.

Wright immediately said ‘ah, he shot me’ and drove off in his car before crashing and coming to a stop.

Meanwhile, Potter said, “S ** t, I just shot him!” after firing her gun.