Former prosecutor: Fatal shooting started with fighting police

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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Duante Wright memorialNow that a police officer who shot and killed a young black man after he fought arrest during a traffic stop is facing a second-degree murder charge, a former prosecutor says it was a fatal mistake that began with the foolish decision to resist arrest.  

The felony charge against Kim Potter, announced by the prosecutor’s office in Washington County, Minnesota was first reported by The Star-Tribune newspaper Wednesday morning.

Reporters ignoring bricks and 'job number one'

A media watchdog says the media is playing a dangerous and dishonest game by dismissing riots in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, where a police officer reportedly shot and killed a black man, who fought arrest, after drawing her firearm instead of a taser.

Curtis Houck of Media Research Center says it was inexcusable for reporters to confront Tim Gannon, the city's now-former police chief, when he described being an eyewitness to a riot in which police officers were attacked and some were hurt.

In that press conference, some reporters loudly protested at his description of a "riot" and insisted he was wrong for using that word. 

"Don't do that. There was no riot," a reporter told Gannon, who would step down just hours later.

"The officers that were putting themselves in harm's way," the chief responded, "were being pelted with frozen cans of pop. They were being pelted with concrete blocks."

"Job number one as a journalist," says Houck, "is to accurately describe what's going on, especially if you're covering something where events are unfolding in front of you."

Law enforcement authorities said they arrested 60 people by Wednesday morning after a third night of street clashes in Brooklyn Center, the city of 31,000. 

Potter, who resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Dept hours after the April 11 shooting, appeared to mistake her own handgun for a Taser according to body camera footage of the attempted arrest of Daunte Wright, 20. He was being handcuffed over an outstanding warrant by a second police officer, who is black, when he began fighting the arrest and Potter jumped in to restrain him.

“Taser! Taser! Taser!” the officer yelled.

The city’s now-departed police chief, Tim Gannon, also stepped down after telling the media that is appears in the video footage that Potter had mistakenly grabbed her gun during the scuffle.

After reviewing the body-cam footage, former county prosecutor Abraham Hamilton III told American Family Radio the confrontation appears to show Potter made a simple – but deadly – mistake by drawing her firearm instead of a taser.  

“When I say ‘simply’ I don’t mean a minimal mistake,” he explained on the “Today’s Issues program. “She killed a man based on her mistake.”


Hamilton formerly served as a prosecutor in New Orleans and Dallas before joining American Family Association as general counsel for the Mississippi-based ministry, where he also hosts an AFR program.

The “Today’s Issues” show featured Hamilton, who is black, to discuss the attempted weekend arrest that turned fatal after Wright resisted arrest and Potter fired a fatal shot during the struggle. It may not be “politically correct” to say so, Hamilton told the program, but there was no aggressive behavior from police officers until Wright resisted arrest.

“Two things can be true at the same time,” Hamilton told the show. “We can have a deficiency in training police officers, in that instance and all across the country, and we need to have people, when you’re being placed under arrest, you don’t take actions that can put your own life in jeopardy."

Other comments by Hamilton re: push to nationalize police

In the wake of the Daunte Wright shooting by a Minnesota police officer, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) called for an end to policing and incarceration in the U.S. Tlaib argued the shooting wasn't an accident but was intentionally racist.

Hamilton says even hardcore leftists like the Tlaib and the rest of "The Squad" don't think communities can be left with no law enforcement. "They're using these narratives to accomplish a broader, I would argue, regressive agenda. When you have this push to end policing, it's a push to end policing locally in favor of national policing," he stated on Wednesday.

And according to the AFA general counsel, policing isn't the only institution they want to put under federal control.

"[They're saying] we want everything centralized in Washington, DC – voting centralized there, policing centralized there. [They] want the only source of authority and firepower to be the federal government, specifically."

Hamilton noted that Marxist countries don't have local police – and they keep their citizens dependent on the government for protection.

"These things are connected: individual citizens being able to protect themselves from the government – [they] don't want that; get rid of the Second Amendment," Hamilton said. [And] local policing, to where you have a decentralized, localized focus on law enforcement? [They] don't want that either. [They] want everything centralized in Washington, DC."

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