City manager 'relieved of his duties' after fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright

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The person who oversees day-to-day government operations in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, was fired Monday, a day after a police officer in the city fatally shot a young Black man during a traffic stop.

“Effective immediately our city manager has been relieved of his duties,” Mayor Mike Elliott announced on Twitter.

On Sunday, a police officer in Brooklyn Center shot Daunte Wright, 20, in what the officer’s superiors insist was an accident. Body-camera footage of the incident shows Wright scuffling with the police and getting back into the driver’s seat of his car, at which point an officer can be heard shouting: “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

Moments later, that same voice can be heard saying: “Holy s—. I just shot him.”

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday that Wright died from a gunshot wound to the chest, ruling his death a homicide.

Earlier in the day, City Manager Curt Boganey, amid calls to fire the officer who pulled the trigger, said all employees of the city were entitled to “due process with respect to discipline.”

“This employee will receive due process,” he said, “and that’s really all I can say today.”

He was removed from his position soon after. According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, city-council members also voted 3-2 to hand the former city manager’s authority over the police department to the mayor.

Wright’s killing comes at a particularly fraught time, as just a short drive away jurors hear testimony in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.

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