#AceNewsReport – Sept.03: Between Monday, 16 August and Sunday, 29 August, officers stopped and tested 241 people across the capital. Of these, 53 people were arrested. ….
#AceDailyNews reports that more than 50 arrests as part of campaign against drug driving Officers from the Met’s Road and Transport Policing Command carried out dedicated patrols across London, focussed on stopping drivers who put others at risk by driving while under the influence of drugs.
The dedicated patrols also educated drivers about the risk of driving while under the influence of drugs in a bid to reduce the number of fatalities and collisions that result in serious injury.
PC Jeremy Dunlop, from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “There is absolutely no reason for anyone to be driving a vehicle after taking drugs. It is reckless and totally unnecessary.
“I would like to reassure the public that, while this campaign has ended, we remain committed to stopping this behaviour and removing dangerous drivers from London’s roads.
“Our message is clear. It is your responsibility to drive safely. Don’t put yourself or anyone else in danger. If you do, you can expect to face the full consequences of your actions in court.”
In June 2019, an 85-year-old pedestrian was struck down and killed by a driver who had taken cocaine before getting behind the wheel.
Reuben Armstrong was walking to his sister’s house when the collision happened. Last month, Tina Nowland was jailed for more than four years at Kingston Crown Court.
Caroline Lashley, Reuben’s niece, said: “The minute you start taking things like cannabis, cocaine, speed, whatever, you’ve got no control: You are driving a vehicle. You are on the road. You are putting yourself and others at risk, which is basically what my uncle came up against. My uncle had a right to live: You cannot always account for other people, but you can account for yourself.”
If you have concerns about someone driving while under the influences of drug or alcohol, please call us on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymous on 0800 555 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.22: The Predatory Offender Units (POU) were launched in November last year and have since arrested more than 2,150 ‘high harm’ offenders. These include 1,312 arrests for domestic abuse offences, 378 for sex offences and 115 for child abuse offences….
#AceDailyNewsreports that Met officers from its ‘Predatory Offenders Unit ‘ arrest more than 2,000-highest harm offenders including cases of domestic abuse, sex and child abuse offences
A bespoke online reporting system was also launch for domestic abuse. To date we have received 375 domestic abuse online reports since going live at the end of June.
Additionally, they have obtained 154 Judicial Restrictions and executed 175 search warrants.
Each Basic Command Unit (BCU) has a team determined to bringing violent perpetrators to justice. They use a range of tactics and work closely with other forces and enforcement agencies to develop intelligence, even if they are outside of London.
The 12 teams consist of around 90 highly trained officers who work alongside the Met’s Public Protection teams and together they focus on bringing some of the highest offenders in our capital to justice. These individuals inflict serious and often hidden harm on their victim.
A female survivor of domestic abuse, from east London, said: “On what was the hardest day of my life, the support the police gave me and the trust I was able to put in them gave me the strength to push forward with the case and achieve the best possible outcome from a horrible situation.”……..
Examples of the POU detection achievements from across London include:
Two men who committed atrocious crimes including attempted sexual assault, grievous bodily harm and aggravated burglary were arrested and charged and POU officers worked tirelessly to locate the offenders through phone intelligence, CCTV analysis and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) detection.
Both men have been remanded and await trial.
In north London, a serial domestic abuse perpetrator with multiple victims was traced and arrested. This arrest was only possible through the persistent and dedicated approach adopted by the POU officers supported by partners from Communication Intelligence Unit (CIU) and Public Protections arrest team.
A single POU officer conducted recces at hotels to trace an outstanding nominal who was wanted for several months for violent breaches of his non-molestation order. He was located by the officer and later charged and remanded in custody.
Commander Melanie Dales, the Met’s lead for Public Protection, said: “Tackling violent offences continues to be the Met’s priority. These offenders often inflict horrendous crimes on their victim, they can include anything from domestic and child abuse, sexual exploitation and human trafficking: Since the beginning of the pandemic we have been very much aware of the risks the restrictions and lack of contact with others could pose especially in a domestic setting: The implementation of these teams has enhanced our ability to prevent and disrupt offending and we will ensure this work continues with intensity: I would urge anyone who may be at risk of becoming a victim, or has concerns about a family member, friend or colleague to contact us.”……The Met has continued enhancing its response and support to victims of domestic abuse across London. In collaboration with SafeLives charity more than 3,000 frontline officers have now received Domestic Abuse Matters training since its launch last month. This training will help to ensure officers can identify and gather evidence of coercive controlling behaviour, recognise perpetrator tactics and understand the dynamics of domestic abuse.
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said: “From supporting victims to bringing perpetrators to justice, the Mayor and I are determined to do everything we can to ensure that victims get the support they need and that dangerous offenders are dealt with: The Met’s Predatory Offender Units have seen strong results by bearing down on offenders of domestic abuse, working to protect survivors and bringing perpetrators to justice. The Met has continued to make responding to domestic abuse a priority throughout the pandemic and I want to send a clear message to anyone feeling threatened or unsafe: please come forward and report it, you will be listened to and you can have the confidence that the crime will be investigated.”…….
To report domestic abuse online visit www.met.police.uk or dial 101. In an emergency dial 999.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.12: Operation Pandilla aims to disrupt high harm offenders using the roads in and out of London by using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology. ANPR is a camera that is linked to a computer. When a vehicle passes the camera it records an image which is automatically ‘read’ by the computer and the vehicle registration is recorded…..
#AceDailyNews reports that more than 40 arrests and 10 weapons removed in summer crackdown on violent crime as officers were on the lookout for vehicles linked to county lines, gangs and weapons travelling into areas blighted by street violence.
Coordinated by the Violent Crime Task Force, other teams including the Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC), Taskforce and the Dog Support Unit supported the intensified effort over three days (Tuesday, 3 to Thursday, 5 August).
The Met teamed up with county forces including Surrey, Thames Valley, Kent, Hertfordshire, City of London and Essex Police to work together to apprehend criminals using the road networks in and around the capital.
In London there were:
46 arrests for offences including possession of an offensive weapon and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs;
10 weapons seized;
22 amounts of drugs recovered;
20 other illegal items seized.
Acting Inspector Adam Cook, of the Violent Crime Task Force,coordinated the operation in London.He said: “Now we’ve come out of lockdown it is our absolute top priority to reduce violence and keep our communities safe over the summer period.
“Operation Pandilla was focused in specific areas where we know violence occurs. Our approach was targeted and led by intelligence coupled with ANPR, allowing us to stop those intent on causing harm to communities.
“Many of those arrested are dangerous individuals who exploit vulnerable people down a path of violence. Safeguarding is at the forefront of our minds and diversionary help and support was offered to every individual who was arrested.
“We know drugs are inextricably linked to street violence and at the heart of our policing plan this summer we are directly bearing down on what matters most to Londoners.
“The police cannot tackle violence alone. We need communities to tell us what they know. I urge anyone with information about violence and drug crime to report in confidence to the independent charity Crimestoppers, it is 100 per cent anonymous.”
+ If you have any information about violent crime, please contact police or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 – your anonymity is guaranteed. They are a totally independent of police and you remain 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or device you use.
No detail you might have is too small – every bit of information helps towards the fight against knife crime in London.
#AceNewsReport – July.22: Officers tried to stop the vehicle but it drove away and we pursued it until it came to a stop in Chatham Road, Northfield, when it hit a stationary vehicle…..
#AceDailyNews reports that the Nissan Juke, which was on false plates, was seen in Genners Lane, Bartley Green, on Saturday (17 July) at about 6.30pm when it almost collided with two pedestrians…..
19th July 2021
Following a short foot chase officers detained three teenagers and during a search of the Nissan we found two machetes.
These have been seized for forensic examination and the Nissan, which was reported stolen from Lichfield Road, Walsall Wood overnight on July 11 to 12, has been recovered.
Three youths, two aged 16 and one aged 18, were arrested on suspicion of theft of a vehicle and possession of an offensive weapon. One of the 16 year olds was also arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.
All three were questioned and have now been released under investigation as our enquiries continue.
Anyone with information can contact us via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk, call 101, or tell us what you know, not who you are, by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting crime reference number 20/902548/21.
#AceNewsReport – May.08: The organizations of the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances have transferred data on 379 persons who have gone missing since the beginning of the April 28 demonstrations to the present day to the [International Commission on] Missing Persons and the Colombian Ombudsman’s Office,” the human rights group wrote on Twitter late on Thursday:
COLUMBIA: Over 370 People Go Missing During 9 Days of Tax Reform Protests Rights Group Says: According to the latest data from the Ombudsman’s Office, searches for 51 people are underway, another 38 have been found. The protests resulted in 352 civilians and 38 law enforcement officers receiving injuries.
Violent Anti-Government Protests in Colombia
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Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against President Ivan Duque’s government on Bolivar Square in Bogota on 5 May 2021.
Rallies in Colombia against an increase in gas prices and utility bills as part of state-proposed tax reform have been underway since 28 April. Despite President Ivan Duque withdrawing the controversial reform on Sunday, protesters have continued to rally across the country. Demonstrators are now demanding a review of the sanitary emergency and health care reform, the dissolution of the ESMAD riot police, demilitarization of cities and punishing those responsible for killing protesters.
At least 31 protesters were killed, 1,220 were injured and 87 went missing in the first week of protests against the tax reform, according to the Colombian Institute for Development and Peace Studies. The United Nations condemned the use of violence against protesters.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.29: Between February and April, officers from various commands across the Met carried out a series of patrols and weapon sweeps. Specialist drug detection dogs and Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology were also used to reassure local communities as part of efforts to prevent and respond to violence in all its forms:
MET Crackdown: Over 150 arrests made in 3-month op to tackle violence in south London: In response to a spate of unrelated stabbings on the borough, the Violent Crime Taskforce (VCTF) joined local officers over a ten-week period to provide additional resilience, supporting the borough and mitigating the threat caused by serious violence.
A total of 289 stops were carried out, leading to the arrest of 154 individuals for offences including possession of an offensive weapon and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs: Numerous weapons were recovered during the operation, including a firearm and 29 knives.
As the result of one stop in Croydon Road, Penge on 3 February, two males were searched and found to have drugs on them; this led to the search of a nearby address they were linked to and officers recovered over £18,000 in cash.
On 11 February officers located a vehicle in the Bromley area which had been linked to an earlier incident involving criminal damage to a car. Two males were arrested after a large machete, baseball bat, and sling shot with ball bearings were found inside the vehicle.
Officers discovered the gun during the search of a Purley address on 17 March. A large quantity of suspected Class A drugs were also found. Two males were arrested at the property.
Inspector Leon Coltress, from the VCTF, said: “What we are able to do with our resources is to swiftly mobilise a specialised team of highly trained officers to deal directly with an emerging issue in any area of London.
“The results following this recent focus in Croydon and Bromley are plain to see. It is clear this activity has had a significant impact on efforts to tackle violent crime in the area. The significant number of arrests also demonstrates the value of intelligence-led stop and search.
“Residents will have seen officers not only dealing with but also preventing crime, and will hopefully have been reassured by their presence and felt safer as a result. It’s essential we all work together to help protect our communities.”
This was a joint operation involving proactive activity by Violence Suppression Units, the Violent Crime Taskforce, Dogs Support Unit, Armed Response Vehicles and the Roads and Transport Policing Command.
Hard calls save lives. Are you close to someone on the fringes of knife crime? Do the right thing, please give information, 100 per cent anonymously, through the independent charity Crimestoppers.
No piece of information about knife crime is insignificant or too small. Any information you give to Crimestoppers can make a difference in reducing knife crime and the harm it causes to families.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: As part of follow-up enquiries, a search of a property at an address in Coalisland was carried out where a suspected cannabis factory and a quantity of suspected Class B drugs, with an estimated street value of almost £17,000, and other items, including drug-related paraphernalia, were seized. They have been taken away and will be subject to further examination.
PSNI Officers Arrests made after suspected cannabis factory discovered: ‘Police responded to a report of a suspected burglary in progress at an address on Dungannon Road at around 12:50am. Two male suspects were located in the vicinity and, as one of the officers attempted to detain one of the suspects, a male officer was punched’
A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of offences, including burglary, handling stolen goods, possession of a Class B controlled drug, cultivating cannabis, assault on police and resisting police. A 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of offences, including burglary, handling stolen goods, cultivating cannabis and possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply. Both men remain in custody, at this time, assisting police with enquiries.
Inspector Cochrane said: “The officer who was assaulted was taken to hospital as a precaution and is expected to return to duty today. However, what happened to our officer must be condemned. This morning, our colleague was working to keep people safe when he was assaulted. It’s completely unacceptable and must never be tolerated.”
Inspector Cochrane is appealing to anyone who may have been in the Dungannon Road area around 12:45am to 12:50am and saw any suspicious activity to call 101, and quote reference number 77 of 17/04/21. You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.
Inspector Cochrane added: “I want to take this opportunity to thank the member of public who made the report about the suspected burglary in progress to us. I would also take this opportunity to encourage anyone who sees any unusual or suspicious activity in their area to call us: “ The public can be assured we are committed to tackling the illegal supply and use of drugs, and we will continue to investigate those who profit from the consequent misery and harm, and I would ask any member who has any information about drugs or drug-dealing in their community to call us so we can take action. That call could make all the difference.” [16/04/21] Male arrested on suspicion of fraud following call from relative
#AceNewsReport – Apr.15: Our vigilance and patrolling operations cover the whole archipelago of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands,” stated Johnny Morales, Director, Air and Marine Operations for the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch. “We leverage our advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities to detect and interdict them throughout our coastal borders.”
AMO Interdicts Vessel Seizing $1.2 Million Near Stumpy Bay St. Thomas; Three Men Arrested on Wednesday on the evening of Apr. 7, an AMO Marine Patrol Aircraft (MPA) crew detected a 22-foot center console vessel, with 3 persons visible on board, navigating at high speed towards St. Thomas’
The Marine Patrol Aircraft crew maintained surveillance contacting a St Thomas AMO Marine Unit in order to interdict.
AMO Agents reached Stumpy Bay, where they found a Ford Explorer traveling rapidly up a dirt road from the beach. The vehicle occupants fled and a search ensued. AMO Agents discovered 3 bags in the rear compartment which contained bulk U.S. Currency in shrink wrap.
With the assistance of CBP Field Operations, Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations and Drug Enforcement Administration agents and officers, three men were arrested.
Homeland Security Investigations assumed custody of the subjects and currency for further investigation.
AMO safeguards our Nation by anticipating and confronting security threats through our aviation and maritime law enforcement expertise, innovative capabilities, and partnerships at the border and beyond. With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft, and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO conducts its mission in the air and maritime environments at and beyond the border, and within the nation’s interior.U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.15: Friday afternoon, McAllen Border Patrol (MCS) agents apprehended a group of 14 illegal aliens near Hidalgo, Texas. During processing, agents discovered that one subject, a Honduran national, had a prior arrest by the Brooklyn Park Police Department (BPPD) in New York in 2018. BPPD charged the subject with criminal sexual conduct, a 3rd degree felony. The subject was convicted and sentenced to 15 months confinement. Within the group was a child traveling by himself:
USBP Arrests Convicted Sex Offenders and a MS-13 Gang Member in RGV: ‘Friday morning, Fort Brown Border Patrol agents arrested a male Salvadoran national near Brownsville, Texas. Record Checks revealed the subject, later identified as Guzman-Gomez, Nelson, was convicted in Harris County, Texas, for aggravated sexual assault with a child under 14 years old. Guzman-Gomez was convicted and sentenced to five years confinement’
On Saturday morning, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Falfurrias station arrested a subject on a ranch near Falfurrias, Texas, attempting to circumvent the checkpoint. Record checks revealed the subject was arrested for aggravated sexual assault in the 1st degree by the Englewood Police Department in Bergen, New Jersey. The subject was convicted and sentenced to 9 years confinement.
MCS agents also apprehended a subject from El Salvador, who’s record checks revealed, he is a Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member. Subject was taken to the McAllen Border Patrol Station to be interviewed and processed.
Border Patrol processed all subjects accordingly.
Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation. The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.
Daunte Wright shooting: Dozens arrested in fresh unrest in Minnesota: Protesters in the city of Brooklyn Center defied a curfew and threw objects at police, who responded with flash grenades and tear gas after 17 hours ago: Police release footage of arrest and shooting’
Police said Daunte Wright, 20, was shot and died after an officer mistook her gun for a Taser during a traffic stop: The shooting came as the high-profile George Floyd murder trial continues.
Derek Chauvin’s defence team on Monday asked for jury members to be sequestered – separated from other people – as they might be swayed by the latest events. The judge denied the request.
Prosecutors expect to decide Wednesday whether to charge a white former police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb, sparking nights of protests and raising tensions amid the <a href=”https://apnews.com/article/police-trials-minneapolis-racial-injustice-death-of-george-floyd-877dc5632fc03037131977c61af6865d”>nearby murder trial</a> of the ex-officer charged with killing George Floyd.Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon <a href=”https://apnews.com/73b1af26c9ed5d437988d8d1c72bb311″>resigned Tuesday</a>, two days after Potter shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Gannon has said he believed Potter mistakenly grabbed her pistol when she was trying to pull out her Taser.Brooklyn Center <a href=”https://apnews.com/article/race-and-ethnicity-death-of-daunte-wright-liberia-shootings-police-0937e6536a5a3ce28ec5d20cb336565f”>Mayor Mike Elliott</a> said at a news conference that the city had been moving toward firing Potter, a 26-year veteran, when she resigned.
Elliott said he hoped her resignation would “bring some calm to the community,” but that he would keep working toward “full accountability under the law.”Washington County Attorney Pete Orput told WCCO-AM that he had received information on the case from state investigators and hoped to have a charging decision on Wednesday. Orput did not respond to a message from The Associated Press. While the shooting happened in Hennepin County, prosecutors referred the case to nearby Washington County — a practice county attorneys in the Minneapolis area adopted last year in handling police deadly force cases.“We have to make sure that justice is served, justice is done. Daunte Wright deserves that. His family deserves that,” Elliott said.But police and protesters faced off once again after nightfall Tuesday, with hundreds of protesters gathering again at Brooklyn Center’s heavily guarded police headquarters, now ringed by concrete barriers and a tall metal fence, and where police in riot gear and National Guard soldiers stood watch.
About 90 minutes before a 10 p.m. curfew, state police announced over a loudspeaker that the gathering had been declared unlawful and ordered the crowds to disperse. That quickly set off confrontations, with protesters launching fireworks toward the station and throwing objects at police, who launched flashbangs and gas grenades, and then marched in a line to force back the crowd.“You are hereby ordered to disperse,” authorities announced, warning that anyone not leaving would be arrested. The state police said the dispersal order came before the curfew because protesters were trying to take down the fencing and throwing rocks at police. The number of protesters dropped rapidly over the next hour, until only a few remained. Police also ordered all media to leave the scene.Gannon has said he believed Potter <a href=”https://apnews.com/article/shootings-police-minnesota-e6bb9c49b1bcdc244e3ec11d94137c82″>mistakenly grabbed her gun when she was going for her Taser.</a> But protesters and Wright’s family members say the shooting shows how the justice system is tilted against Black people, noting Wright was stopped for an expired car registration and ended up dead.
Brooklyn Center, a suburb just north of Minneapolis, has seen its racial demographics shift dramatically in recent years. In 2000, more than 70% of the city was white. Today, a majority of residents are Black, Asian or Hispanic.Elliott said he didn’t have information on the police department’s racial diversity at hand but that “we have very few people of color in our department.”After stopping Wright for the expired license plates, police tried to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was for his failure to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June.Body camera footage released Monday shows Wright struggling with police when Potter…
The officer who shot Mr Wright was named on Monday as Kim Potter, 48, who has worked for Brooklyn Center Police for 26 years.
Mr Wright was pulled over on Sunday for a traffic violation, but there was a struggle when he tried to get back into his car.
After drawing her gun, apparently by mistake, the officer said: “Holy shit, I just shot him.”
LIVE UPDATES: Minnesota police, rioters clash after Daunte Wright shooting; dozens arrested
Police shot and killed Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop Sunday
On today’s episode of ‘Special Report’, Bret tracks protests in Minnesota after female police officer mistakes firearm for taser and fatally shoots a 20-year old black man.
Minnesota authorities arrested about 40 people after rioters and police clashed for a second night in Brooklyn Center, Minn., authorities said during a news conference early Tuesday.
Hundreds gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department Monday and defied curfew. They demanded justice for Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man fatally shot by police during a traffic stop.
The crowd chanted “Daunte Wright!” Some shouted obscenities at officers.
Authorities fired tear gas, and flash-bang grenades into the crowd after warning them that they were in violation of curfew. Some rioters retaliated by throwing smoke canisters back toward law enforcement, while others launched fireworks at the police lines, according to reports.
“Move back!” the police chanted. “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” the crowd chanted back.
Authorities said officers were shelled “pretty significantly,” with objects thrown from the crowd. A few officers were hit by debris and suffered minor injuries during the unrest, police said.
Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer said law enforcement officials made attempts to talk with protest leaders about figuring how to peacefully disperse the crowds, but “unfortunately, those efforts weren’t successful … so … [we] stood and protected that building.”
The roughly 40 arrests were made at the Brooklyn Center Police Department protest, Langer said. He added that people were arrested for violations including breaching curfew and rioting.
Looters also broke into several businesses at a strip mall near the police station, including a Dollar Tree store, according to reports.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz imposed a curfew from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday for counties that included Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, and St. Paul, the state capital.
Earlier, police put up a fence and concrete barricades around the building’s perimeter. It was surrounded by local police, as well as, Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota State Patrol officers, the Star Tribune reported.
Amelia Huffman, the Minneapolis Police Department’s deputy chief for professional standards, said 13 people were also arrested in Minneapolis amid the demonstrations — four for burglaries, two were suspects in shots-fired incidents, six were for curfew violations, and one was on an outstanding warrant.
Huffman added that five businesses were burglarized in Minneapolis during the unrest.
Police shot and killed Wright during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb on Sunday. The bodycam footage showed three police officers gathered near a stopped car that was pulled over an expired registration. Police attempted to arrest Wright for an outstanding warrant, leading to a struggle, followed by the fatal shooting.
Vice President Kamala Harris took to Twitter late Monday to comment on the shooting and said Wright’s family needs “justice and healing” as the investigation plays out.
“Prayers are not enough,” she tweeted. “Daunte Wright should still be with us. While an investigation is underway, our nation needs justice and healing, and Daunte’s family needs to know why their child is dead—they deserve answers.”
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said the officer who shot and killed Wright had intended to fire a Taser, not the handgun.
The officer was identified as Kimberly A. Potter, whose career with the Brooklyn Center Police Department has spanned more than 25 years, the Star Tribune reported. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Monday night that Potter is on standard administrative leave.
Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office said in a statement.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report
What happened overnight?
The curfew went into force at 19:00 (midnight GMT) across four counties with a huge law enforcement deployment.
In a press briefing after midnight local time, Minnesota State Patrol colonel Matt Langer said officers had reached out to organisers to try to keep protests peaceful but “unfortunately… the organisers weren’t able to influence the desires of the crowd”.
Col Langer said officers had been “shelled pretty significantly with objects” including fireworks.Daunte Wright’s mother ‘He was my life’.
He said protesters had pushed against the fence of the Brooklyn Center police headquarters and a decision had been made to push back the crowd.
There were “sporadic” incidents of looting in the area and in other parts of Minneapolis and neighbouring St Paul.
In response to the unrest, US President Joe Biden said peaceful protest was “understandable” but added: “I want to make it clear again: there is absolutely no justification, none, for looting.”
Shortly before midnight, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot said he had spoken to Daunte Wright’s father and would “do everything to ensure justice is served”.
‘You took his life, for what?’
BBC’s Barbara Plett Usher reports from the scene
One sign at the protest captured the mood: “During the trial!!?” it read in bright orange letters.
“It’s ridiculous,” said the young man carrying it. “They know they have a delicate relationship with the black community right now and they should look to be making amends, not this.”
City officials had said the shooting could not have happened at a worse time, with tensions high over the George Floyd case.
Some protesters threw bottles and shot fireworks toward police lines. They vented their rage as officers in riot gear stood impassively. “You took his life, for what?” screamed a young woman.
“He was a son, he was a father, he was a black man that deserved to live.”
“Do you know the difference between a gun and a Taser?” shouted someone else. “Hell yeah,” roared the crowd, scorning the police chief’s belief that the shooting was a tragic mistake.
“There’s no room for accidents,” said one man. “The fact is that we lost another young black male to a police officer.’
What happened to Daunte Wright?
Police Chief Tim Gannon he believed the shooting of Mr Wright to be “an accidental discharge”.
He was stopped by police for having expired car registration plates and they then discovered an outstanding warrant out on him, so tried to arrest him, said the police chief.
During a news conference on Monday, he played a video from the body camera worn by the policewoman which shows Mr Wright trying to get back into his car as officers attempt to handcuff him on the side of the road.
An officer can then be heard saying “Taser, Taser, Taser” – normal police procedure before firing one of the stun guns. Mr Wright is seen to get into his car and drive away, while the same officer admits, using an expletive, to having shot him.
Katie WrightDaunte Wright’s mother, Katie, said her son called her as he was being pulled over by police
Fatally wounded, Mr Wright crashed a few streets away.
“It is my belief the officer meant to deploy their Taser but shot him with a single bullet,” Chief Gannon said, adding: “There’s nothing I can say to lessen the pain.”
Daunte Wright’s aunt, Naisha Wright, told CNN she did not believe the police account, saying officers knew the difference between a gun and a Taser.
She said: “I’ve owned an over 20,000 volt Taser. They don’t feel nothing like a gun.”
The officer has been placed on administrative leave – temporary leave with benefits and salary still paid.
Mayor Elliot has said she should be fired. He will make a decision on Tuesday about whether Chief Gannon will keep his job, the StarTribune reported.
How do police avoid mistaking a gun for a Taser?
Analysis by BBC Reality Check
Axon, the Taser manufacturer, says its weapons are designed to be distinguishable from handguns.
A company statement reported by the local media said it had “implemented numerous features and training recommendations to reduce the possibility of these incidents occurring…This includes building Taser energy weapons to look and feel different than a firearm.”
Police officers are typically trained to keep guns in a holster on their dominant side to avoid confusing it with their Taser, kept on the belt on the other side of the body.
“So if you’re right handed you carry your firearm on your right side and [you] carry your Taser on your left,” Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon told reporters.
Mistaking a gun for a Taser is relatively rare, but has happened before.
Comprehensive nationwide figures aren’t available. However, a law journal published in 2012 found nine examples of police officers accidentally using a handgun instead of a Taser between 2001 and 2009.
There have also been more recent instances of a suspect being shot instead of Tasered, such as in 2019 when a shoplifter was accidentally shot and seriously injured in St Louis, Missouri.
Why Minneapolis is tense
The trial of Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd has been under way in the city for two weeks now.
Mr Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest operation in Minneapolis last May. The footage of the incident sparked global protests against racism.
On Monday, Mr Chauvin’s lawyer Eric Nelson called for jury members to be asked about the Daunte Wright shooting to determine if what they had heard could affect their verdict: How long will Derek Chauvin trial last?
He repeated a call for the jury to be kept separate from the public, but Judge Peter Cahill said full sequestering would only start when closing arguments began.
Law enforcement officials have been bracing for possible unrest once the jury reaches a verdict.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.09: Three people have been arrested following an investigation into the alleged supply of small boats to cross-Channel people smugglers:
NCA Report: ‘Three arrested over alleged supply of boats to cross-Channel people smugglers’
Yesterday evening (8 April) a 33-year-old woman from the Hammersmith area of west London was arrested by the National Crime Agency at a location in Glasgow’
She was taken to Carlisle police station where she was questioned by NCA investigators on suspicion of attempting to facilitate illegal immigration. A property in Hammersmith was also searched. This morning (9 April) she was released under investigation.
Her arrest followed the detention of two UK-based suspects on Wednesday 7 April by officers of the Dutch Royal Marechaussee (KMar) in The Hague, Netherlands.
The pair, a 33-year-old from Hammersmith, and the other a 28-year-old man of no fixed abode, remain in custody and now face potential prosecution by the Dutch authorities. A number of deflated boats were also seized.
The arrests are all linked to an NCA investigation into the sourcing of rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) in the UK and Europe, which are then transported to the Netherlands for storage.
The boats are allegedly then supplied to organised crime groups involved in smuggling people across the English Channel from northern France and Belgium.
NCA Regional Head of Investigation Jacque Beer said: “Smuggling people across the Channel in small boats is extremely hazardous and can have tragic consequences: “ The organised crime groups behind these attempts don’t care about safety or preservation of life, they just see migrants as a commodity to profit from and exploit: “ In our view those who supply them with boats knowing what they are going to be used for are equally as culpable in these criminal enterprises: “ This operation is a demonstration of our determination to disrupt and dismantle people smugglers’ business models at every step, and we are grateful for the assistance of the Dutch authorities.”
#AceNewsReport – Mar.27: Specialist protest liaison officers attempted to engage with those who had gathered to remind them of the current coronavirus restrictions and urge them to go home.
Arrests made following violent disorder in Bristol: ‘More than 1,000 people gathered at College Green from 4pm for a protest’ However, at approximately 5pm the crowd began marching through the city centre: At around 6.30pm a significant number of protestors congregated on Lewins Mead, in front of a police cordon:
Posted at 03:43 on 27th March 2021:
Officers were instructed to use protective clothing after ammonia was smelt in the crowd: Shortly after 10pm officers moved to disperse people as items, including eggs and glass bottles, began to be thrown at them and attempts were made to pull their shields:
Mutual aid from neighbouring forces was brought in to ensure the crowds were dispersed as safely as possible: Specialist resources including dogs, horses and the police helicopter were used in the policing operation which concluded at approximately 1am.
A total of 10 people of were arrested: One has since been issued a fixed penalty notice while the other nine remain in police custody:
Superintendent Mark Runacres said: “The majority of people acted peacefully however there was a minority who once again showed hostility to officers: “ Items, including glass bottles and bricks were thrown at officers, fireworks were launched at our mounted section while one of our horses was also covered with paint: “ This violent conduct is not acceptable: “ Officers repeatedly encouraged people to disperse but once the atmosphere changed and people became physical it was necessary to take action: “ Ten people were arrested for offences including violent disorder, assaulting an emergency worker and possession of Class A drugs: “ Three of those arrested were also detained in connection with the violent disorder which took place in Bristol on Sunday.”
Supt Runacres added: “All the officers policing the incident are specially trained and accredited in public order and showed exceptional patience in the face of a significant disorder: “ At times reasonable force had to be used – this is not something we ever want to do but we have a duty to uphold the law, prevent crime, and protect people and property.”
‘Three arrests after cannabis factory discovered in Edgware: ‘Three people have been arrested after officers found a large amount of cannabis at a property in Edgware & around £40,000 worth of cannabis and bags containing approximately £20,000 in cash’
#AceNewsReport – Mar.21: Following a thorough search they also discovered a large amount of cannabis plants in an outbuilding behind the property. Officers estimate they are worth around £15,000.
[A large number of plants were found in an outbuilding behind the property]
A 41-year-old man, a 33-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs and the cultivation of cannabis. They remain in custody.
Sergeant Sean O’Connor, from the Viper unit, said: “Illegal drugs have no place on the streets of London and we will do everything we can to disrupt those involving in supplying them.”
If you have information about the illegal supply of drugs in your area, call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.20: Two further men, aged 60 and 31, were also detained on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs, offences not connected to the Belfast seizure:
Belfast cocaine haul investigation – NCA makes three more arrests: ‘A 46-year-old woman was today (18 March) detained in Wolverhampton on suspicion of involvement in the conspiracy to supply the drugs, which were recovered in empty fuel tank being transported in a van at Belfast port on Monday 22 February & a 60-year-old was additionally arrested on suspicion of firearms offences’
National Crime Agency officers investigating the seizure of cocaine worth around £1.6 million in Belfast in February have made three more arrests: All three are now being questioned by NCA investigators: Two men, including the driver of the van intercepted as it came off a ferry from Birkenhead into Belfast, have already been charged in connection with the haul. A third man was arrested and bailed:
NCA Branch Commander Adam Warnock said: “Our investigation has now broadened to take in alleged offences above and beyond the Belfast seizure. Today’s arrests reflect that, and our enquiries continue.”
#AceWorldNews – WEST BANK:Jan.02:Jewish settlers threw stones at the cars of a US diplomatic delegation, which came to inspect suspected vandalism to nearby Palestinian-owned trees in the occupied West Bank, Reuters reports.
“Rocks were thrown at them by residents of Adei Ad. We are investigating. Arrests have yet to be made,” an Israeli police spokeswoman said.
The US delegation failed to coordinate its visit with the Israeli authorities, she added.
Most world powers regard the Israeli settlements in the West bank as illegal, with the US citing their growth among the reasons for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks being stalled.