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Body camera video of Brooklyn Center shooting released, chief reacts, city manager fired

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The Brooklyn Center Police Chief says the officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, meant to use a taser, not a handgun.

Body camera video of Sunday's shooting was released to the public Monday afternoon.

"I have watched the video myself and there is nothing I can say to lesson the pain of the Wright family, friend and loves ones. That feeling of loss that they must have," Chief Tim Gannon said. "That pain is shared in the community and everyone involved in the incident. What I can do, is convey my deepest sympathies to the Wright family and be transparent with the information I'm aware of at this time."

According to authorities, Wright was pulled over because his license plate tabs were expired. Officers then learned he had an outstanding warrant for a gross misdemeanor.

In the body camera video, you can see an officer handcuffing Wright outside of his vehicle. Soon, there is a struggle. Wright gets back into the car and attempts to leave the scene. The female officer yells "I'm going to taser you," and "taser, taser, taser." Then, there's a single shot. The car moves away and the female officer says "oh sh**, I just shot him."

Chief Gannon says the officers are trained to keep firearms on their dominant side. After seeing the video, it's his belief that the shooting was a an "accidental discharge."

"This appears to me from what I viewed, and the officers reaction that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright," he said.

The officer has not been named yet and is on administrative leave. Gannon says she is a "very senior" officer.

Community and activists are asking for more.

"Enough is enough. We deserve better for our communities. We deserve better from our police departments," African Career Education & Resource Inc. Executive Director Nelima Sitati Munene said.

Some are asking for the officer, and even Chief Gannon to be fired.

"What we demand today is the immediate termination of this officer. She has to be gone. She has no place in the police force right now. Not only her termination but, I also agree with other officers that say the police chief needs to be gone," another activist said.

Early Monday evening, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announced City Manager Curt Boganey had been fired. The twitter announcement did not give a reason.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner determined the death a homicide Monday night.

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