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Brooklyn Center city manager is FIRED by mayor after calling for 'due process' for cop who 'accidentally' killed Daunte Wright

 The Brooklyn Center City Manager, Curt Boganey, has been fired after he publicly disagreed with Mayor Mike Elliott's assertion that the police officer who fatally shot a black man in the Minneapolis suburb should immediately be fired.

As City Manager, Boganey controlled the police department.

Speaking earlier to reporters, he said the officer who shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright would get 'due process' after the shooting. 


'All employees working for the city of Brooklyn Center are entitled to due process with respect to discipline,' he said. 

The Brooklyn Center City Manager, Curt Boganey, has been fired after he publicly disagreed with Mayor Mike Elliott's assertion that the police officer who fatally shot a black man in the Minneapolis suburb should immediately be fired

The Brooklyn Center City Manager, Curt Boganey, has been fired after he publicly disagreed with Mayor Mike Elliott's assertion that the police officer who fatally shot a black man in the Minneapolis suburb should immediately be fired 

Boganey was a longtime city employee and had been with the city since 2005

Boganey was a longtime city employee and had been with the city since 2005

But the mayor, unhappy at the public disagreement quickly took the police department under his control and the Brooklyn Center City Council voted to fire Boganey, a longtime city employee, during an emergency meeting.

'Effective immediately our city manager has been relieved of his duties, and the deputy city manager will be assuming his duties moving forward,' Elliott wrote on Twitter. 'I will continue to work my hardest to ensure good leadership at all levels of our city government.' 

Mayor Elliott said city council had voted to give his office 'command authority' over law enforcement.   

Elliott called the shooting 'deeply tragic' and said the officer should be fired.

'We cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people,' he said. 'We´re going to do everything we can to ensure that justice is done and our communities are made whole.' 

Mike Elliott, the new mayor of Brooklyn Center called the shooting 'deeply tragic' and said the officer should be fired

Mike Elliott, the new mayor of Brooklyn Center called the shooting 'deeply tragic' and said the officer should be fired

Mayor Elliott said city council had voted to give his office 'command authority' over law enforcement after he fired the city manager who disagreed with the correct course of action

Mayor Elliott said city council had voted to give his office 'command authority' over law enforcement after he fired the city manager who disagreed with the correct course of action

This 'will streamline things and establish a chain of command and leadership,' he wrote on Twitter adding that the deputy city manager would take over Boganey's duties.

Earlier on Monday, both Elliott and Boganey had addressed potential disciplinary action toward the officer involved in the shooting. 

'Let me be very clear – my position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people in our profession,' Elliott said. 'I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties.' 

Elliott noted that Boganey, as the city manager would have the authority to determine whether the officer would be fired. 

Boganey then said he would take immediate action to remove the officer.

'All employees working for the city of Brooklyn Center are entitled to due process with respect to discipline,' Boganey said. 'This employee will receive due process and that's really all that I can say today. 

'If I were to say anything else, I would actually be contradicting the idea of due process.'

'All employees working for the city of Brooklyn Center are entitled to due process with respect to discipline,' Boganey said. 'This employee will receive due process and that's really all that I can say today.

'All employees working for the city of Brooklyn Center are entitled to due process with respect to discipline,' Boganey said. 'This employee will receive due process and that's really all that I can say today.

'Let me be very clear – my position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people in our profession,' Mayor Mike Elliott said. 'I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties.'

'Let me be very clear – my position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people in our profession,' Mayor Mike Elliott said. 'I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties.'

The police officer who fatally shot a black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, as the man struggled with police, the city´s police chief said Monday, as police clashed with protesters for the second night in a row.

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting death Sunday of Wright as 'an accidental discharge.' It happened as police were trying to arrest Wright on an outstanding warrant.   

Police had pulled Wright over for what they said were expired license plate tags; his family has denied that the tags were expired. When police ran his name, they realized he had an outstanding warrant, they said. 

The warrant was for a misdemeanor charge of carrying a pistol without permit and misdemeanor fleeing police, NBC Minneapolis reported.  His aunt has said the warrant was for 'just some weed.'

When cops asked Wright to get out of the car, he did, but then got back into the car and tried to flee; that's when Potter shot him. He was able to drive away for a time, until he crashed. Wright, who had a one-year-old son, was pronounced dead at the scene.     

The shooting sparked protests and unrest in a metropolitan area already on edge because of the trial of the first of four police officers charged in George Floyd´s death.

'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.

Kimberly Potter, pictured, has been named as the police officer who shot and killed Wright

Kimberly Potter, pictured, has been named as the police officer who shot and killed Wright

After firing a single shot from her handgun, the car speeds away, and the officer is heard saying, 'Holy (expletive)! I shot him.'

Crowds began gathering outside the the Brooklyn Center police station late Monday afternoon, with hundreds there by nightfall despite the governor''s dusk-to-dawn curfew. A drum beat incessantly, and the crowd broke into frequent chants of 'Daunte Wright!' Some shouted obscenities at officers.

About 90 minutes after the curfew deadline, police began firing gas canisters and flash-bang grenades in an attempt to drive them away, sending clouds wafting over the crowd and pushing some back at least briefly. Some protesters, wearing gas masks, picked up smoke canisters and threw them back toward police.

Law enforcement agencies had stepped up their presence across the Minneapolis area after the Sunday night violence. The number of Minnesota National Guard troops was expected to more than double to over 1,000 by Monday night. 

Brooklyn Center is a modest suburb just north of Minneapolis that is 29% Black. The state is 13% Black.

Bodycam footage shows moment Daunte Wright is pulled over
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Potter joined the police in 1995, aged 22

Potter joined the police in 1995, aged 22

Organizers from the Movement for Black Lives, a national coalition of more than 150 Black-led political and advocacy groups, pointed to Wright´s killing as yet another reason why cities must take up proposals for defunding an 'irreparably broken, racist system.'

'The fact that police killed him just miles from where they murdered George Floyd last year is a slap in the face to an entire community,' said Karissa Lewis, the coalition´s national field director.

The body camera footage showed three officers around a stopped car, which authorities said was pulled over because it had expired registration tags. When another officer attempts to handcuff Wright, a second officer tells him he´s being arrested on a warrant. That´s when the struggle begins, followed by the shooting. Then the car travels several blocks before striking another vehicle.

It 'is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet,' Gannon said. 'This appears to me from what I viewed and the officer´s reaction in distress immediately after that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.'

Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner´s office said in a statement.

A female passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the crash, authorities said. Wright's mother, Katie Wright, said that passenger was her son´s girlfriend.

Police body cam footage of the fatal incident showed three officers approaching Daunte Wright's car in Brooklyn Center on Sunday after he had been pulled over for the traffic stop

Police body cam footage of the fatal incident showed three officers approaching Daunte Wright's car in Brooklyn Center on Sunday after he had been pulled over for the traffic stop

Potter could be heard shouting 'Taser!' several times in the moments before she fired her gun. Immediately after, she can be heard saying: 'I shot him'. It appears she dropped her gun in the aftermath

Potter could be heard shouting 'Taser!' several times in the moments before she fired her gun. Immediately after, she can be heard saying: 'I shot him'. It appears she dropped her gun in the aftermath 

Daunte Wright, 20, was shot dead on Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn Center after he was pulled over during a traffic stop for what his mother said was air fresheners dangling from his rear-view mirror. He is pictured here with his one-year-old son Daunte Wright Jr.

Daunte Wright, 20, was shot dead on Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn Center after he was pulled over during a traffic stop for what his mother said was air fresheners dangling from his rear-view mirror. He is pictured here with his one-year-old son Daunte Wright Jr. 

Protesters advance towards officers using umbrellas as shields outside Brooklyn Center Police Department

Protesters advance towards officers using umbrellas as shields outside Brooklyn Center Police Department

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the shooting, identified the officer as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran who has been placed on administrative leave.

Gannon would not say whether she would be fired.

'I think we can watch the video and ascertain whether she will be returning,' the chief said.

Court records show Wright was being sought after failing to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June.

Wright´s mother said her son called her as he was getting pulled over.

During the call, she said she heard scuffling and then someone saying 'Daunte, don´t run' before the call ended. When she called back, her son´s girlfriend answered and said he had been shot.

His brother, Dallas Bryant, told about a hundred people gathered for a candlelight vigil Monday evening that Wright sounded scared during the phone call, and questioned how the officer could accidentally reach for a gun instead of a Taser.

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Protesters throw fireworks towards police as they gather outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department a day after Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Monday

Protesters throw fireworks towards police as they gather outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department a day after Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Monday 

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced a curfew from 7 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday for the three counties that include Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis and the capital of St. Paul

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced a curfew from 7 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday for the three counties that include Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis and the capital of St. Paul

Biden supports right to protest but 'no justification' for looting
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'You know the difference between plastic and metal. We all know it,' he said.

President Joe Biden urged calm after watching the body camera footage.

'We do know that the anger, pain and trauma amidst the Black community is real,' Biden said from the Oval Office. But that 'does not justify violence and looting.'

Demonstrators began to gather shortly after the shooting, with some jumping atop police cars. Marchers also descended on the city's police headquarters, throwing rocks and other objects. About 20 businesses were broken into at the city´s Shingle Creek shopping center, authorities said.

Chauvin, 45, is accused of killing Floyd by pinning his knee on the 46-year-old black man's neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds, as he lay face-down in handcuffs after being detained for using an alleged counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes
George Floyd

Chauvin, 45, is accused of killing Floyd by pinning his knee on the 46-year-old black man's neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds, as he lay face-down in handcuffs after being detained for using an alleged counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes

At least a half-dozen businesses were boarding up their windows along Minneapolis´ Lake Street, the scene of some of the most intense violence after Floyd´s death.

 National Guard vehicles were deployed to a few major intersections. Several professional sports teams in Minneapolis called off games because of safety concerns.

The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer charged in Floyd´s death, continued Monday. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd´s neck. 

Prosecutors say Floyd was pinned for 9 minutes, 29 seconds. The judge in that case refused Monday to sequester the jury after a defense attorney argued that the panel could be influenced by the prospect of what might happen as a result of their verdict.

Chauvin, 45, pictured right, pleaded not guilty to three counts in connection with Floyd's May 25 death: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He and his attorney Eric Nelson are pictured in court on Monday

Chauvin, 45, pictured right, pleaded not guilty to three counts in connection with Floyd's May 25 death: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He and his attorney Eric Nelson are pictured in court on Monday

1 comment:

  1. Yeah,...let's wait for another farce of an 'investigation' of a police officer which finds no wrong-doing before taking any action that would damage the officer's reputation!

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