Protesters are currently out on the streets in US over the killing of yet another black man by the Police in the Midwestern City of Minneapolis.
Convulsed by two converging cases of racially charged violence, Minneapolis grappled with tragedy as the father of the latest police shooting victim said he “can’t accept” that his son’s killing was a mistake.
The victim, African-American Daunte Wright, was shot dead during a traffic stop by a police officer whom the force later said appeared to have confused her handgun with her taser.
The victim’s father, Aubrey, angrily rejected the explanation on Tuesday.
“A mistake? That doesn’t even sound right,” he told ABC television, sitting alongside his sobbing wife Katie. I can’t accept that. I’ve lost my son. He’s never coming back.”
The latest police killing of Wright has triggered fresh tumult. Around 40 protesters were arrested overnight in Minneapolis as a second night of violence broke out despite the imposition of a curfew.
Several officers suffered minor injuries and there was sporadic looting, law enforcement officials said.
In police body camera video, the officer shouts “Taser! Taser! Taser!” but instead fires a gun at the victim.
Brooklyn Center police chief Tim Gannon said he believed that the officer, now on leave pending an investigation, “had the intention to deploy their taser but instead shot Mr Wright with a single bullet.”
“There is nothing I can say to lessen the pain of Mr Wright’s family,” he added.
In the footage, police officers are seen pulling Wright out of his car after stopping him for a traffic violation and discovering he had an outstanding warrant.
When officers attempt to handcuff Wright, he scuffles with them and gets back in the car. A female police officer shouts, “I’ll tase you.”
“Holy shit, I shot him,” the officer says as Wright, fatally wounded, drives off. He crashed his car a few blocks away.
President Joe Biden called the killing “tragic” but urged calm as authorities conduct an investigation.