Minnesota Mayor Prematurely fires City Manager after he calls for due process in the Daunte Wright tragedy

City manager Curt Boganey said that the talk of firing the officer was premature and that "employees are entitled to due process."  

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A 20-year-old Black man died after a police officer shot him during a traffic stop Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, a Minneapolis suburb. On Monday, the police chief said that it was an accident and that the officer mistook her gun for a Taser.

Officials later identified the man who died as Daunte Wright.

Tim Gannon, Brooklyn Center police chief, at a press conference on Monday, showed a body-worn camera video that showed police approaching Mr. Wright’s car. Mr. Wright exits the car and then gets back in as the police try to pull him back out. Another officer can be seen pointing a gun at Mr. Wright and repeatedly saying that she will use her Taser. The car then speeds away, and the officer can be heard saying, “Holy shit, I just shot him.”

Chief Gannon viewed the incident as “an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.” Officers are trained to pull their Taser with their non-dominant hand, he said, and their firearm with their dominant hand.


City manager Curt Boganey added that the talk of firing the officer was premature and that “employees are entitled to due process.”  

The Mayor of Brooklyn Center, Mike Elliott, fired Boganey. 

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

The mayor is off to a terrible start. As a city official, his actions pre-judge the officer’s actions that fuel angst and insurrection in the community. Everyone is entitled to due process under the law. Elliot has implicitly engaged in the phase-specific conduct we recently condemned.

Earlier on Monday, Elliott said that he wanted to see the officer who killed Daunte Wright relieved of her duties after city police chief Tim Gannon said he believes she had shot Wright after mistakenly pulling her firearm rather than her Taser. Partial Source: bringmethenews.com/minnesota




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