The death of Daunte Wright has horrified the world this week, and now heartbreaking details have surfaced...
On Sunday, April 11th, Daunte Wright was pulled over in Minnesota for a traffic violation.
And things were quick to take a very sinister turn.
Shocking bodycam footage has since been released of the officers' confrontation with Wright, an unarmed twenty-year-old Black man.
After pulling Wright - a father of 1 - over for the traffic violation and handcuffing him, officers soon realized there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
But Wright suddenly attempted to reenter his car while being handcuffed, prompting a struggle with the officers.
"I'll tase ya!" a female police officer is heard shouting as the young man tries to get back into his car.
"Taser, Taser, Taser!" she shouts...
But instead of firing a tase gun, she fires a handgun directly at Wright instead.
"Oh s***! I just shot him," she's then heard saying after pulling the trigger.
Wright slams down on the accelerator as he's shot, causing his car to speed away.
He managed to drive several blocks before crashing and dying from a gunshot wound to his chest, according to the medical examiner, as per Sky News.
From the moment Wright's death was announced to the public, outrage was triggered...
tw // police brutality #DaunteWright, a 20 year old father of a two year old, was killed by police in Brooklyn Ce… https://t.co/eUTv3ge5QA— io⁷ (@io⁷)1618193743.0
And people have been demanding justice for yet another Black man to die at the hands of the police here in America.
Prayers are not enough. Daunte Wright should still be with us. While an investigation is underway, our nation needs… https://t.co/IQUmYBw01B— Vice President Kamala Harris (@Vice President Kamala Harris)1618281291.0
Daunte Wright should be alive tonight. And America must respond to the pain and trauma caused by injustices that Bl… https://t.co/0W2cDc2J9O— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@Secretary Pete Buttigieg)1618280333.0
BLACK LIVES STILL MATTER. JUSTICE FOR DAUNTE WRIGHT. https://t.co/rf3bsidk3W— jess 🔞 (@jess 🔞)1618296758.0
Young people are precious. I think about how funny and sweet my child is. How we worry about them. How beautiful… https://t.co/6TSOTo6ZHL— Gabrielle Miller (@Gabrielle Miller)1618293689.0
*Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, white, walking right by police with his hands up after killing 2 men. They ignore him. * Da… https://t.co/BXCj3YiP2V— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1618279136.0
I am sick to my stomach and infuriated by the killing of #DaunteWright. My heart goes out to his family and every o… https://t.co/Zp0ypSOFGw— Michael Montano (@Michael Montano)1618280128.0
On the evening following the tragic event, several hundred people defied the curfew and gathered at the Brooklyn Center police station in protest of Wright's untimely death.
But sadly, it didn't take long for things to turn violent.
Officers in riot gear fired gas canisters and flash-bang grenades after some demonstrators threw bottles and other objects at the station...
And the anger and emotion in the air was undeniable.
Wright's mother, Katie Wright, was also present at the protest.
She later revealed to KARE 11 that she was on the phone with her son as he got pulled over and heard the "scuffle."
"A minute later, I called and his girlfriend answered, who was the passenger in the car, and said that he'd been shot and she put it on the driver's side, and my son was laying there, lifeless."
She then said:
"My heart is broken in a thousand pieces... I miss him so much, and it's only been a day. He was my life, he was my son and I can never get that back. Because of a mistake? Because of an accident?"
It's utterly heartbreaking to lose yet another life at the hands of police brutality...
But right now, all eyes are on one person... and that's the female police officer who pulled the trigger on this young man.
The police officer has since been identified by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as Kim Potter.
Kim Potter, a 25 year veteran in the police force who is a trainer, knew exactly what she was doing when she murder… https://t.co/9WwIq88TQ8— David Weissman (@David Weissman)1618366209.0
Potter is a twenty-six-year veteran of the police department.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon told reporters he believes the officer meant to reach for her taser but instead grabbed her gun.
"This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer's reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright," Gannon said, as per BuzzFeed News.
Gannon would not comment directly on whether she would be fired...
But added, "I think we can watch the video and ascertain whether she will be returning."
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott then said that he supported Potter being terminated.
"My position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people in our profession, so I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties."
And President Biden has also given us his thoughts on the issue.
On Monday, Biden urged people to stay calm while a thorough investigation is launched to find out whether the shooting was in fact an accident, or if it was actually intentional.
He said this:
"I think we got to wait and see what the investigation shows," Biden said. "And the entire investigation. You all watched, I assume as I did the film, which is fairly, the body cam, which is fairly, fairly graphic. Question is, was it an accident, was it intentional? It remains to be determined by a full-blown investigation."
"But in the meantime, I want to make it clear again, there is absolutely no justification, none, for looting, no justification for violence, peaceful protest understandable."
He later added this:
"And the fact is that, you know, we do know that the anger, pain, and trauma that exists in the Black community, and that environment is real, it's serious, and it's consequential. But it doesn't, will not justify violence and/or looting. And so the question is, how we in an orderly way, make clear that you get down to a full-blown investigation to determine what the facts are, and what is likely to happen."
The officer responsible for Daunte's death has resigned...
Ofc. Kim Potter knew exactly what she was doing. She knew how to obscure the truth. In that instance, her actions… https://t.co/hTPyNTs6f7— Ben Crump (@Ben Crump)1618288140.0
Potter wrote a letter Tuesday to Mayor Mike Elliott, City Manager Reggie Edwards, and Police Chief Tim Gannon, saying: "I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately."
But people feel their resignation is just an easy way out...
And now heartbreaking details about Wright have surfaced.
Wright's mentor Jonathon Mason shared Wright's fears.
"He was afraid police would do something like this to him," Mason said during a vigil Monday night, according to the Star Tribune.
"We talked about this daily. We talked about police brutality. We talk about these things in the black community. Those little things will maybe haunt me. That maybe I didn't talk to him about the air freshener."
"The reality is, Daunte is still a young man. He had a huge future and it was snatched because of a huge mistake."
Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to Daunte's family during this terrible time, and we hope justice will soon be served.
This is a developing story and updates will be posted accordingly.