The leader of a police union is hardly giving the mayor of Brooklyn Center, Minn., a vote of confidence for his stewardship of the city in the aftermath of the police-involved, fatal shooting of Daunte Wright. He also faulted the 20-year-old victim for allegedly resisting.
Brian Peters, the executive director of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, the state’s largest police union, claims that Mayor Mike Elliot is in over his head and is letting community activists control things. “The decisions that this mayor is making is completely just nothing like I’ve ever seen,” Peters asserted.
Referring to Elliott’s last two press conferences, Peters claimed that “This is over his head…Both Curt Boganey…and Tim Gannon were political pawns in whatever game the current mayor is playing…If I were the mayor, I would not allow the political activists to run the show,” Peters told WCCO news talk radio on Wednesday, as heard in the clip embedded below.
Peters, who formerly served as a police commander in Brooklyn Center, was alluding to fired City Manager Boganey and ex-police chief Gannon (who has stepped down), who Peters praised as a man of integrity.
Peters recalled that Boganey lost his job in the suburban Minneapolis city shortly after saying at a press conference that Officer Kim Potter was entitled to due process.
Insofar as the first media briefing, Peters insisted that “If you watch that press conference, you can see the community activists ran that press conference.”
Prefacing additional remarks by acknowledging that they would be unpopular, Peters also claimed that lack of compliance during the traffic stop led to this tragic incident.
(Source: WCCO News)
“Daunte Wright, if he would have just complied – he was told he was under arrest, they were arresting him on a warrant for weapons – he set off a chain of events that unfortunately led to his death.
“I’m not excusing it. But what we’re seeing in policing these days is that non-compliance by the public,” Peters added.
Authorities have charged Potter, 48, who has also resigned from the force after 26 years on the job, with second-degree manslaughter. She bonded out from Hennepin County jail on $1000,000 bail and is due in court today for a preliminary hearing.
Minnesota: Fmr. officer posts $100k bond, is released from jail after being charged with manslaughter https://t.co/augsOfJBsO pic.twitter.com/1RWaD12d3l
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 15, 2021
Potter reportedly mistook her service weapon for a taser when she fired one round. In bodycam footage, Potter reportedly can be heard yelling “taser, taser, taser” before discharging her weapon. She then appears to say, “holy s**t; I shot him.”
Wright was originally pulled over for an expired tag.
If convicted in a court of law on the pending charge, the former officer could potentially face a maximum 10-year sentence behind bars.
On Tuesday, Mayor Elliott, who has been in office for about two years, suggested that cops don’t necessarily need to carry firearms during every traffic stop.
He also claimed that many other jurisdictions, here and abroad, abide by an unarmed police policy in certain situations.
Brooklyn Center mayor: Police don’t necessarily need guns for making traffic stops https://t.co/ViX5lTiqWR pic.twitter.com/PNjbqpIjzs
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 14, 2021
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