Several hundred people marched Tuesday night in Center City to demand justice for Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old man fatally shot Sunday in a Minneapolis suburb during a struggle with police that occurred after he was stopped reportedly for having expired license plates.
There were no reports of arrests and a small group continued marching into South Philadelphia after 10 p.m.
National attention has focused on Wright’s death, which happened when police in Brooklyn Center were conducting a traffic stop and then attempted to arrest Wright for an outstanding warrant and a struggle ensued. Police Officer Kim Potter, a 26-year member of the force, can be heard on her body-cam video shouting, “Taser! Taser!” before firing a single shot from her Glock firearm.
On Tuesday, Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon resigned from the department. Gannon has said he believed Potter mistakenly grabbed her gun when she was going for her Taser. After firing the shot from her handgun, the car speeds away, and Potter is heard saying, “Holy (expletive)! I shot him.”
Protests erupted in Minneapolis within hours of Wright’s death. The Minneapolis area was already on edge over the trial of the first of four police officers charged in George Floyd’s death while he was in custody.