An unnamed man went off on a CNN reporter in an expletive-laden rant as riots unfolded across Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday night following the officer-involved shooting death of Daunte Wright, which took place during a traffic stop.
Police say that the fatal shooting was an accident and that a responding officer mistook a handgun for a Taser.
What are the details?
During a live shot, an unidentified man approached CNN reporter Sara Sidner and insisted that the media's presence in Minneapolis was exacerbating riots.
"Now, you can see y'all be twisting up the story," the man told Sidner while appearing to try to take her microphone.
"All right, so tell me what you think about what's going on," Sidner responded.
Clearly agitated, the man explained, "What I think about this, it's all the press and all the extra s**t y'all do makes this worse. When people want to protest, they shouldn't do it in front of a f***in' police station, yeah, courthouse, s**t like that. You get what the f*** I'm saying? Y'all need to get up out of here withal that twisting the media and s**t."
He later added, “I don't care if you're live or not, get away from here with all that media s**t that y'all doing."
(Content warning: Rough language):
A protester in #BrooklynCenter curses out CNN's Sara Sidner live on air, telling her that "all the press and the ex… https://t.co/pkmL4gIQiZ— Daily Caller (@Daily Caller)1618278607.0
Wright was reportedly driving with his girlfriend when officers allegedly pulled him over for having expired tags on his vehicle. When officers discovered that Wright had an outstanding warrant, he reportedly struggled against police and was shot.
Bodycam footage showed the moment that the officer fired on Wright.
As previously reported by Blaze Media:
The officer tells Wright there is a warrant for his arrest then says "don't do it" before Wright appears to break free and get back into his vehicle, at which point a struggle occurred.
Another officer can be heard repeatedly shouting what sounds like "I'll tase you" and "Taser!" while pointing a handgun at Wright. The firearm discharges and the officer exclaims a profanity before saying, "I just shot him."
Gannon told reporters that the officer accidentally drew her handgun instead of her Taser and shot Wright.
"As you can hear, the officer, while struggling with Mr. Wright, shouts 'Taser, Taser' several times. That is part of the officer's training prior to deploying a Taser, which is a less lethal device," he said. "That is done to make her partners aware, as well as the subject, that a Taser deployment will be imminent.
"As I watch the video and listen to the officer's commands, it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet," Gannon said.
After being shot, Wright drove off in the vehicle and traveled several blocks before striking another vehicle. He reportedly died at the scene.
Gannon called the shooting an "accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright."