Resignations from the police after another black man was killed – protests continued
Two days after the death of a black man in a police shot in the US state of Minnesota, the policewoman and the chief of police resigned. Confrontations between demonstrators and police officers continue over the incident.
NAfter a black man was killed in a police operation in the US state of Minnesota, the officer in charge and the local police chief resigned. Hopefully this will start a new phase, said the mayor of Brooklyn Center in northern Minneapolis, Mike Elliott, on Tuesday.
The police officer Kim Potter and police chief Tim Gannon submitted their resignation. There had been protests in the city since Sunday after the death of the black man named Daunte Wright.
Gannon said on Monday that he believed that Potter accidentally shot the 20-year-old during a traffic stop. According to initial findings, instead of using a stun gun (taser), she mistakenly pulled her pistol, he said.
The police checked Wright on Sunday because the registration of his car had expired, it was said. They found that there was an arrest warrant for the unarmed man and wanted to arrest him. A video shows Wright loosening the grip of the officers and getting back into his car. A policewoman yells “Taser, Taser, Taser” – but has a pistol in her hand. A shot can then be heard. Wright died from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the autopsy.
At the scene of the event, in Brooklyn Center in the north of the city of Minneapolis, protests, some of them violent, broke out for the second day in a row after the death of the 20-year-old on Tuesday night. Among other things, the posters said: “Am I next?”, “Mord, Mord, Mord” and “Black Lives Matter” (in German, for example: Black lives are important). Despite the night curfew, hundreds were on the streets.
According to US media, the police used tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the protests. The National Guard was also on duty. Around 60 people were arrested, among other things, for “causing unrest”, said a police spokesman. Demonstrators had pelted officials with stones and also used fireworks.
Mayor Elliott said that another black man was killed by the police was “just unbelievable”. He emphasized: “It couldn’t have happened at a worse time.”
Biden promotes police reform
Commenting on Wright’s death, US President Joe Biden said, “The question is whether it was an accident or on purpose. That still needs to be clarified. ”He showed understanding for people’s anger. “Peaceful protest is understandable,” said Biden. But there is “absolutely no justification” for violence. The democrat has made the fight against racism one of his central concerns. He’s also campaigning for a police reform bill named after George Floyd to be passed, but Senate Republicans are likely to stonewall.
More than 150 years after the abolition of slavery and a good five decades after full legal equality for blacks, there is still a lot of catching up to do on the issue of racism. The structural disadvantage of the minority, which makes up around 13 percent of the population, has many facets: Blacks live less long on average, are less well educated and much poorer than whites. They are also much more likely to be victims of police violence.
Another case only caused outrage at the weekend: A video showed two police officers harassing a black lieutenant in the US armed forces during a traffic control. An officer used irritant gas. The police in Windsor, Virginia fired the officer and the state opened an investigation.
The presenter of the “Daily Show”, the comedian Trevor Noah from South Africa, summed up the criticism of many blacks on Monday evening: The police don’t care whether you are a member of the military or simply a valued member of the black community. “They don’t care because they know they can get away with it. And until that changes, they won’t care anymore. “