Daunte Wright was on the phone to his mother just seconds before he was ‘accidentally’ shot dead by a police officer during a traffic stop on Sunday.
Katie Wright has said Daunte, 20, called her for help with insurance information before he was killed by Minnesota cop, Kim Potter, who claims she meant to use a taser when pulled out her gun and fired a single bullet at Daunte. Potter, 48, has since resigned.
Speaking to reporters, Daunte’s mother, Katie, has said she heard her son struggling with police over the phone and was even shown her son ‘unresponsive’ in the driving seat via FaceTime by the female passenger in his car, after the shooting.
Recalling her conversation with Daunte, Katie said: ‘I said OK, when the police officer comes back to the window, put him on the phone and I can give him all our insurance information.
Daunte Wright, 20, was pulled over for what police say was an expired vehicle registration
Katie Wright spoke with her son for the last time during the traffic stop on Sunday in which he was killed (Picture: Getty)
‘A second goes by, and I hear the police officer come back up to the window and ask Daunte to get out of the car.
‘Daunte asked, “For what?”. The police officer said, “I’ll explain to you when you get out of the car.”
Katie went on to say she could hear the police and her son struggling, reports CNN.
‘Then the police officer asked him to hang up the phone’, Katie Wright said.
‘Three or four seconds went by. I tried calling back to back to back because I didn’t know what was going on.
‘When I called back, the girl that he had in the car answered the phone, and it was on FaceTime. And she was crying and screaming and said that they shot him.
‘And then she pointed the phone towards the driver’s seat and my son was laying there, unresponsive.
‘That was the last time that I seen my son, that’s the last time I heard from my son. And I’ve had no explanation since then.’
Kimberly Potter, a 25-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center police, has been named as the officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright on Sunday afternoon (Picture: Getty/Star Tribune)
According to police, officers pulled Daunte’s vehicle over for an expired vehicle registration. Police body cam footage shows an officer trying to handcuff Wright, who then broke free and got back inside his vehicle.
Potter then shouted, ‘Taser, Taser, Taser’, but fired a shot from her handgun instead, and then said, ‘Holy shit, I just shot him’.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, who has since resigned, called it ‘an accidental discharge’. He said he believed that Potter was trying to use a Taser on Wright and pulled the gun instead.
Wright died of a gunshot wound to his chest, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office.
His death has sparked successive nights of protests in the city, about 10 miles from where black man George Floyd was killed last May.
Wright leaves behind a young son, Daunte Wright Jr, who was supposed to see his dad to celebrate his upcoming second birthday.
The boy’s mother, Chyna Whitaker, said: ‘now my son, he don’t have a dad.
‘His dad won’t get to see him for his 2nd birthday or for any of his birthdays. And I’m just so messed up about it because I feel like they stole my son’s dad from him.’
Wright’s family have not accepted the excuse of ‘accidental’ for his killing. His father, Aubrey Wright, told ABC’s Good Morning America that the police have provided the family with zero comfort.
He said: ‘I cannot accept that. I lost my son. He’s never coming back.
‘I can’t accept that … mistake. That doesn’t even sound right. You know, this officer has been on the force for 26-plus years. I can’t accept that.’
The case is being investigated by an independent agency, and it’s not clear if Potter will be charged.
Demonstrators take cover from crowd-dispersal munitions from police outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department while protesting the shooting death of Daunte Wright (Picture: AP)
A crowd-dispersal canister explodes beside demonstrators gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department to protest the shooting death of Daunte Wright (Picture: AP)
Police advance on demonstrators gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department to protest the shooting death of Daunte Wright (Picture: AP)
Protesters take cover behind umbrellas amid flash bangs set off by the police while rallying near the Brooklyn Center Police Department, days after Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer (Picture: Reuters)
Katie Wright added: ‘(I) would like to see justice served and her held accountable for everything she’s taken from us.’
Meanwhile Daunte’s killing has led to a third successive night of violent protests outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department, in Minnesota. Police used chemical irritants against protesters last night and angry members of the public clashed with law enforcement in the wake of the young man’s death.
Photos of the altercations show protesters using umbrellas to shield themselves from pepper spray and lighting fires in the street.
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