PHILADELPHIA - Protesters gathered in Philadelphia Tuesday night to demand justice for Daunte Wright, a Black man, who was fatally shot by an officer during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb.
Video from SKYFOX showed protesters marching through city streets. So far, the march that started at City Hall has remained peaceful.
The police officer who shot Wright apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, as the man struggled with police, the city’s former police chief said Monday.
Former Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting death Sunday of Wright as "an accidental discharge."
"I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!" the officer is heard shouting on her body cam footage released at a news conference. She draws her weapon after the man breaks free from police outside his car and gets back behind the wheel.
After firing a single shot from her handgun, the car speeds away, and the officer is heard saying, "Holy (expletive)! I shot him."
The resignations from Officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon came two days after the death of Wright. Potter, a 26-year veteran, had been on administrative leave following Sunday’s shooting, which happened as the Minneapolis area was already on edge over the trial of the first of four police officers in George Floyd’s death.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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