The White House says they are “incredibly saddened saddened to hear about the loss of life at the hands of law enforcement in Minnesota.”
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden was briefed on the shooting, and the White House has been in touch with the governor, mayor and local law enforcement.
Psaki’s comments comes shortly before the police chief in a Minneapolis suburb where Duante Wright was fatally shot during a traffic stop said that he believes the officer who fired intended to use a Taser, not a handgun.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as “an accidental discharge.”
The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was investigating.
Wright, 20, died Sunday in a metropolitan area that was already on edge because of the trial of the first of four police officers charged in George Floyd’s death.
Body cam footage showed three officers around a stopped car.
When another officer attempts to handcuff Wright, a struggle ensues.
The officer is heard shouting “Taser!” several times before firing her weapon.
Psaki also spoke ahead of BIden’s bipartisan meeting with with Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the White House.
Republican lawmakers have been quick to reject the infrastructure proposal from Biden.
They say just a fraction of the spending goes to traditional infrastructure, as $400 billion would expand Medicaid support for caregivers and substantial portions would fund electric vehicle charging stations and address the racial injustice of highways that were built in ways that destroyed black neighborhoods.