Biden calls for peace and calm after Minnesota shooting

from Associated Press reports
Created: April 12, 2021 03:33 PM

President Joe Biden is calling for "peace and calm' in the wake of the deadly police shooting in Minnesota.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday, Biden said he had spoken with Gov. Tim Walz and other Minnesota officials about Sunday's shooting of Daunte Wright during a Brooklyn Center traffic stop. He said his prayers are with Wright's family.

"It's really tragic thing to happen. And but I think we got to wait and see what the investigation shows and the entire investigation. You all watched, I assume, as I did the film, which is...fairly, fairly graphic. Question is, was it an accident or was it intentional? That remains to be determined by a full blown investigation," Biden said.

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said Monday he believes the officer who fired intended to use a Taser, not a handgun. Gannon described the shooting as "an accidental discharge."

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Wright's death sparked protests, some of which turned violent.  Officers in riot gear clashed with demonstrators into Monday morning.

"I want to make it clear again, there is absolutely no justification, none, for looting, no justification for violence. Peaceful protests, understandably. 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 does not justify violence and or looting," Biden said.

The Minneapolis area was already on edge because of the trial of the first of four police officers charged in George Floyd’s death.


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