Minnesota Gov. Walz’s response to shooting of Daunte Wright ‘fuels the fire’

DCNFNicole Silverio, DCNF

Minnesota Republicans criticized Gov. Tim Walz’s response to the shooting of a black man saying it “fuels the fire” of protestors, Fox News reported.

Police shot Daunte Wright, 20, on Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, which sparked protests and riots throughout the city, Fox News reported. State Republicans criticized Walz for commenting on the fatal encounter between Wright and police, saying that his comments will spur further protests. 

“Governor, your words fuel the fire of protesters. You of all people should know to wait until the @MnDPS_BCA finish their investigation,” the Saint Paul Republicans tweeted. “In your tweet, you should have stopped after the words, “praying for Daunte’s family. Everything after that was inappropriate.”

Republican criticism follows a Sunday statement from Walz offering condolences to Wright’s family, which also mentions the encounter.

“I am closely monitoring the situation in Brooklyn Center. Gwen and I are praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement,” Walz tweeted Sunday in response to the shooting.

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot said in a statement that the community is “filled with grief” and offered his condolences to Wright’s family.

Elliot requested that protestors remain peaceful while a full investigation into the matter is conducted, according to the statement.

In a press conference Monday, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said the female officer that shot Wright has been placed on administrative leave. Gannon also described the shooting as an “accidental discharge” as the female officer meant to use a taser to subdue Wright but shot him instead.

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