Apr 12, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden calls for "full-blown investigation" into Daunte Wright shooting

Joe Biden sits behind a desk
Biden in the White House on April 12. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden urged for "a full-blown investigation" into whether the officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright on Sunday was acting intentionally or accidentally fired her weapon.

Driving the news: The "very senior officer" who fatally shot the 20-year-old Black man outside Minneapolis appeared to have inadvertently pulled out her gun instead of a taser, Brooklyn Center Chief Tim Gannon said at a Monday press conference.

What he's saying: "I haven't called Daunte Wright's family, but our prayers are with their family. It's really a tragic thing that happened," Biden said, speaking to reporters on Monday.

  • "But I think we've got to wait and see what the investigation shows, the entire investigation. You all watched, I assume, as I did, the film — the body cam — which is fairly graphic."
  • "The question is, was it an accident, was it intentional? That remains to be determined by a full-blown investigation. But in the meantime, I want to make it clear again, there is absolutely no justification for violence. Peaceful protests? Understandable," he said.
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