A protester carrying a pigs head on a stake has said the only way things change is ‘if people start throwing things’ during a fourth night of unrest in Minnesota following the police shooting of a black man there.
The anonymous demonstrator said former officer Kim Potter ‘committed an act of war’ when she shot dead Daunte Wright.
He told Sean Hannity Wednesday: ‘Well, we don’t use tear gas. We don’t use gas.’ After it was pointed out that projectiles are ‘harmful’, the protestor added: ‘Of course, but that’s the only way they’re going to learn anything.
‘That’s the only way that things could ever change is if people start throwing things.
‘The institution of policing is bad. There’s probably some really good folks…but they just have terrible jobs.’
Potter was on Wednesday charged with second-degree manslaughter – which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison – for killing 20-year-old Wright. She posted $100,000 bond Wednesday evening and was released from the Hennepin County jail, online records showed.
She is scheduled to make her initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.
The demonstrator said of Potter making bond: ‘To me, that’s pretty much an outrage. I think that this lady essentially works for a occupying force here and she committed an act of war on somebody. I consider that an act of war. And she should not be out on bond. And it is not manslaughter. It is an act of war.’
The shooting death has ignited days of unrest and clashes between protesters and police. In cities around the country – including New York City and Philadelphia – protestors have taken to the streets. A riot was declared in Portland on Tuesday.
A protester carrying a pigs head on a stake has said the only way things change is ‘if people start throwing things’ during a fourth night of unrest in Minnesota following the police shooting of a black man there. The anonymous demonstrator said former officer Kim Potter ‘committed an act of war’ when she shot dead Daunte Wright
Protesters hold up a pig’s head wearing a police cap on a stick outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department Wednesday
Demonstrators gather outside of the Brooklyn Center police station on Wednesday. This is the fourth day of protests in the suburban Minneapolis city following the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright by police officer Kimberly Potter
The shooting death has ignited days of unrest and clashes between protesters and police. Demonstrators face off with sheriff deputies during a protest at the Brooklyn Center police station on Wednesday
Sheriff’s deputies and guardsmen stand guard behind the fenced up perimeters of the Brooklyn Center Police Department Wednesday, as protests continue days after former police officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright
Brooklyn Center announced a curfew of 10 p.m. Wednesday — the fourth night in a row that the city has taken that action. Mike Elliott, the mayor, urged people to protest without violence, saying ‘your voices have been heard.’
As night fell, several hundred demonstrators had gathered outside the police headquarters.
Video showed several protesters carrying Black Lives Matter banners as well as the demonstrator with a fake pig’s head hoisted on a pole. Police monitored the growing crowd from the structure’s rooftop.
‘Say his name! Daunte Wright!’ demonstrators chanted under a mix of snow and rain.
Potter shot and killed Wright Sunday during a traffic stop just 10 miles from the courthouse where another white cop Derek Chauvin is currently being tried for the murder of black man George Floyd.
Kimberly Potter, 48, left, was released from the Hennepin County jail at 5.38pm after posting a $100,000 bond after she was charged for the shooting death of Daunte Wright, right
Police guarded Potter’s home on Tuesday night and fencing was erected around it
Shortly after 9 p.m., police announced over a loudspeaker that the protest was an unlawful assembly and ordered people to disperse.
The well-before-curfew dispersal order came after state officials said people were throwing things at police and trying to dismantle the fence — the same reason cited for Tuesday’s early order.
Shortly before the dispersal order, some protesters threw objects at police, who responded with occasional gas canisters.
Some officers could be seen spraying a chemical on protesters who came near the fence surrounding the heavily guarded station, and officers fired sporadic projectiles. Protesters near the fence formed a wall with umbrellas.
Outside Potter’s home in Champlin, north of Brooklyn Center, concrete barricades and tall metal fencing had been set up and police cars were in the driveway. After Floyd’s death last year, protesters demonstrated several times at the home of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer now on trial in Floyd’s death.
Businesses in downtown Minneapolis were pictured being boarded up and fenced in on Wednesday while National Guard troops deployed ahead of the outcome of the Chauvin trial were seen.
The former Brooklyn Center police chief has said that Potter, a 26-year veteran and training officer, intended to use her Taser on Wright but fired her handgun instead.
‘Certain occupations carry an immense responsibility and none more so than a sworn police officer,’ Imran Ali, Washington County assistant criminal division chief, said in a statement announcing the charge against Potter. ‘(Potter’s) action caused the unlawful killing of Mr. Wright and she must be held accountable.’
Police say Wright was pulled over for expired tags on Sunday, but they sought to arrest him after discovering he had an outstanding warrant. The warrant was for his failure to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June.
According to the criminal complaint, Luckey and Potter pulled Wright over while he was driving his white Buick at 63rd and Orchard Avenues North in Brooklyn Center at 1.53pm Sunday.
Four minutes later at 2:01:31, Luckey and Potter approached the driver’s side of the car and asked Wright to get out and place his hands behind his back, according to the report.
Wright did as the officers asked and Luckey told him he was being arrested for his outstanding warrant.
Both Wright and Luckey stood just outside of the open driver’s side door, while Potter stood behind and to the right of the other officer, the report says.
Seconds later at 2:01:49, Wright reportedly pulled away from the officers and got back into the car, with Luckey trying to maintain physical control of him, according to the complaint.
At 2:01:55, Potter then said she would us the Taser on Wright.
Instead, she pulled her Glock 9mm handgun with her right hand and pointed it at Wright, saying again that she would use the Taser on him.
Potter shouted ‘Taser, Taser, Taser,’ as she pulled the trigger on her handgun at 2:02:01, firing one round into the left side of the victim, the complaint states.
Wright immediately said ‘ah, he shot me,’ and drove away in his car before crashing and coming to a stop.
Meanwhile, Potter said ‘S**t, I just shot him!’ after firing her gun.
The entire incident from the traffic stop to the shooting took place within nine minutes and Wright was pronounced dead at the scene.
Potter could be heard shouting ‘Taser!’ several times in the moments before she fired her gun
Police body cam footage of the fatal incident showed three officers approaching Daunte Wright’s car in Brooklyn Center on Sunday after he had been pulled over for the traffic stop
Potter left her home in Minneapolis on Monday with her 54-year-old husband Jeffrey and their sons Sam and Nick after her address was posted on social media. Police guarded the property Tuesday night and fencing was erected around it.
It was not immediately clear if Potter would be returning to the home after posting her bail.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office on Monday ruled Wright’s death a homicide, noting that he ‘died of a gunshot wound of the chest.’
Potter is at least the third U.S. law enforcement officer to face charges after claiming they mistakenly killed someone with a gun when they meant to use a Taser, Reuters reported.