Protesters Skeptical Of Taser Mistake Explanation In Police Killing Of Daunte Wright | Rachel Maddow

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A protester in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota explains why she does not accept the explanation from police that Daunte Wright was killed by accident when a police officer mistakenly shot him with a gun instead of a taser. Aired on 04/13/2021.
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Protesters Skeptical Of Taser Mistake Explanation In Police Killing Of Daunte Wright | Rachel Maddow

65 Comments on "Protesters Skeptical Of Taser Mistake Explanation In Police Killing Of Daunte Wright | Rachel Maddow"

  1. Matthias Liehr | April 13, 2021 at 1:48 AM | Reply

    Happens to me all the time. I yell “careful, hot beverage”, then I throw an axe. It happens, folks.

    • @Matthias Liehr I think you are right. She would not have shot a white man! Period!
      This racism has finally been shown for the world to see. But, then I guess it’s been around for 400+ years. Stay strong my brothers and sisters!!!!

    • @Matthias Liehr I’m just gonna say that the Hot Coffee and Axes discussion has absolutely made my day. Thank you for generating spot on humor in this messed up situation.

    • @lava4lava Yes, you are clueless. You are extremely brainwashed if you think cops don’t pull guns on white people.

    • @j r Actually yes they are, nobody is perfect and you act like nobody has ever lost their composure in the military. I can show you a naval hospital in Portsmouth Virginia full of guys that lost their composure. Don’t combat veterans have the highest suicide rates in the country? Don’t you think the stress of potentially being killed every single day as a cop could affect peoples psyche? Especially in this “ACAB” social climate.

    • @Tirpitz ironically you say that police are have the potential to get killed everyday and they are not even in the top 20of most dangerous jobs , in fact for the 4th year in a row atleast 1000 unarmed PEOPLE (im not putting race to it) , and 108 cops got killed in 2018 so whose really risking their lives the citizens or the police ? Also if those combat veterans made it home trust me they kept their composure , have you ever had to give orders while people are shooting at you? Have you killed people and watched them die? Or have you watched your friends get killed in front of you?It does something to you and some people don’t recover just fyi

  2. Jerome Taperman | April 13, 2021 at 1:57 AM | Reply

    Assume for a moment it’s true. This kind of thing has happened before and I always ask why they don’t put a different kind of grip on the taser, one that has such a completely different feel that you’ll know instantly whether you have grabbed the taser or the gun.

    • @chickenceiling I’ve yet to see a taser without a bright color accent to distinguish itself. You’re grasping at an irrelevant point instead of just acknowledging yeah, it doesn’t make a difference if it was yellow or hot pink.

    • chickenceiling | April 13, 2021 at 12:26 PM | Reply

      @JKSteve1124 It seems you’re here to argue with others while I’m here just to have a conversation. Fix your tone, good bye.

    • @Mark Keogh who cares what the warrant was for?

    • @Simon Multiverse you are talking from the perspective of someone removed from the situation and a monday morning quarterback.

    • Simon Multiverse | April 13, 2021 at 3:28 PM | Reply

      @JKSteve1124 GFY

  3. Clappin Bass Cheeks TV | April 13, 2021 at 1:57 AM | Reply

    It would be crazy if he didn’t resist and be in possession of a weapon imagine

    • Mark Willoughby | April 13, 2021 at 7:56 AM | Reply

      @Ford Prefect and defunding the police gives them better training…

    • Seven Taylor | April 13, 2021 at 8:45 AM | Reply

      No matter what, if a cop’s intentions is to pull a taser, she should have pulled a taser.

    • William Hosch | April 13, 2021 at 9:12 AM | Reply

      @Mark Willoughby as if any1 needs training 2 tell the dif between a gun and a tazer🙄smh*

    • @Paul Coleman from what I’ve seen that’s 90% of the BLM movement. They made the face of their movement a drug addict and a felon. Sure it wasn’t fair the guy died during arrest. But how could you call a man who stuffed pounds of drugs down his throat to avoid getting charges a good guy?

    • Ford Prefect | April 13, 2021 at 1:18 PM | Reply

      Mark Willoughby When did I say anything about defunding police?

  4. They didn’t know he called his mom and brother and told them what was going on. Now they have to clean up the lies they told.

    • Frederick2020 a riot and an insurrection are not the same thing

    • @The Klutz the FBI is hunting down proud Boyz and oath keepers after Jan 6th. I am happy to see the court decide their fates.

    • @Tony Wolmarans Why? Because I’m actually able to prove you wrong?

    • @Ford Prefect So what’s your reality? Is it where blm and antifa are peacefully protesting and cause no harm or damage in the process of making a politic change (the definition of terrorism)? Are the proud boys the one in all these riots still occurring to this day? What’s reality? Tell me lol.

    • Frederick0220 | April 13, 2021 at 6:11 PM | Reply

      @Sarah F I agree. A 10 month series of riots is far worse than a 3 hour insurrection. BTW you realize that Antifa has attacked federal courthouses in Portland, right?

  5. Yea, I agree that there IS a difference between a taser, and a handgun. Think back a year or so when that lady cop shot someone she THOUGHT was in HER apartment! AND, a couple of days ago, that cop that SPRAYED a Military Officer! A cop’s action reflects on THEIR departments!

    • That female cop was found guilty of murder

    • @kime hunt nah not murder.

    • F*СК MЕ - СНЕCK МY РR0FILЕ | April 13, 2021 at 4:54 AM | Reply

      Don’t you

    • F*СК MЕ - СНЕCK МY РR0FILЕ | April 13, 2021 at 4:56 AM | Reply


    • cop that SPRAYED a Military Officer! yeah I heard about that story but he didn’t want to follow the instructions they were giving one day went to pull him over guess what are you ready for it he didn’t pull over he waited 3 minutes like almost mile and a half while the cop was asked him to pull over. that would put a red flag in their head no license plate the whole reason he was getting pulled over but they didn’t see the piece of paper or cardboard and when the cops tell him to get out of the car arguing with them while he was setting up stuff in the car. To record them for three minutes yeah they didn’t know what he was up to and coerce the rather be safe. I got taught when a cop tells you to pull over you pull over put your hands on a steering wheel do not argue with the cops

  6. Nathan Paske | April 13, 2021 at 2:07 AM | Reply

    If a taser fails the next thing a cop goes for is a gun. This isn’t the case here but if they are willing to taser you they are one step away from shooting.

  7. Fuck Youtube | April 13, 2021 at 2:09 AM | Reply

    Has anyone else seen the bodycam footage of George Floyd screaming “I can’t breathe” before he was even taken out of the car?

  8. That police had to be one of those “oops just a misclick bro” back in the younger days.

  9. Who lies the most are policeman. Thats a poor excuse.

  10. I have a .22 that looks and feels just like a model 1911, .45, however I still know the difference…

  11. I mistook my phone for a stone and threw it into the pond. It happens all the time especially when you’re trained and on duty.

  12. Even if it was a mistake, it’s an absolutely unacceptable mistake to make as a police officer regardless.

  13. williamgeorgefraser | April 13, 2021 at 6:56 AM | Reply

    Police Chief: “She mistook her pistol for a taser because it was the wrong time of the month, she had PMT and she is going through the menopause. Besides, she had a miscarriage just 2 weeks ago and is also pregnant with twins. I hope that covers all eventualities”.

    • Zachary Fluke | April 13, 2021 at 11:27 AM | Reply

      I laughed, and then got extremely depressed realizing that this kind of hyperbole is fairly often only _barely_ hyperbolic when it comes to the stories cops spin up to protect their fellow gang members from consequences, justice, or accountability as a result of _THEIR_ social contract-torching actions.

      They’ll play whatever cards they can, using whatever unrelated circumstances, or stereotypes, or even outright lies that they manage to cook up in their heads (now if only they used their brains *before* “accidentally” permanently snuffing the light of consciousness out of our precious human brothers and sisters) to try to sell to the media in their seemingly daily routine of trying to excuse the actions of their own, and/or just trying to muddy the waters and confuse people enough to plant some level of doubt in the minds of the public, to give them enough breathing room (aka substantially more breathing room than George Floyd had in his final 1/6th of an hour on Earth) to just wait out the end of any coverage from the absurdly short attention-spanned American media, so they can go back to their unrepentant lawlessness, violence, and abuse of the communities that unfortunately *DON’T* get to _opt-out_ of paying their salaries, or democratically decide as a _community of American citizens_ to revoke the ability of any given law enforcement officer to serve on their local police forces, if and when these abuses of power, and authority, take place.
      I know it wouldn’t solve _all_ of the deeply-rooted, systemic problems we have with policing in this country, but just take a mere second to think about how much different—how much _SAFER,_ things would be if we just implemented those two VERY simple, highly logical ideas, which’d be *impossible* to argue as being IN ANY WAY _negative_ for EITHER our communities/country, or the police themselves and their ability to do their jobs effectively (that’s not to say that police mafias—er, sorry, police UNIONS, and their opportunistic, sycophantic, bootlicking “Blue Lives Matter” _”allies”_ in right wing media wouldn’t TRY of course, because they totally would, without a doubt—they’d just _fail miserably_ to convince people, INCLUDING most conservatives, that communities having the _freedom_ and _liberty_ and _power_ to kick abusive individuals off the police forces that _THEY PAY FOR,_ or to intervene and collectively decide to opt-out of paying the salaries of police leadership who might, for instance, be failing to adequately address well-documented _PATTERNS_ of destructive, abusive, and harmful behavior amongst MANY in their local precinct, UNTIL THAT PROBLEM IS SUFFICIENTLY ADDRESSED with a top-down change in police culture, or procedure, or if need be, a change in leadership itself, would be a BAD THING [AND let’s just be perfectly real and clear, that the supposed “Blue Lives Matter” allies in the right wing media apparatus are absolutely NOT sincere in the garbage they spew, or about the actual _lives_ and well-being of folks serving in law enforcement, and that becomes ABUNDANTLY clear whenever and wherever police decide to do the right thing and protect the safety and Constitutional rights of black and brown, and poor and low-income white Americans, to either demonstrate against politically inconvenient truths to the extremely wealthy right wing media propagandists, or to just live, and exist in peace—they’ll turn on a dime, and show you just how BS their whole Blue Lives shtick was…OH, and you can forget about them even MENTIONING when lives of police officers are taken, or nearly so, by some crazed right winger on the street, or by, shall we say, Capitol insurrectionist rioters?]), as concrete policies in our cities, states, and counties.

      I of course support the idea of the Defund the Police movement, to take resources and money out of these insanely over-bloated police budgets, and put those resources into funding a separate emergency services program that can dispatch specialized mental healthcare experts, social workers, etc. to address crises that police officers are just woefully unequipped and untrained in dealing with—that would *absolutely* be a good thing to do, as local test programs by some cities have literally _already demonstrated_ (PLUS that whole idea takes pressure OFF the police, and allows them to focus on addressing ACTUAL crimes, instead of being a one size fits all “solution” that anybody who calls 911 will get, regardless of what the situation calls for—when all you have is a hammer 🔨, everything starts to look like a nail, as they say), but I certainly don’t think that needs to be the sole policy choice, or even our main focus, when it comes to addressing the gigantic swath of issues in our policing system. But the bottom line is, we need to do SOMETHING, because doing NOTHING is simply no longer an option in the United States of America, and we’re not going to sit by and put up with this crap anymore—and we SHOULDN’T!

    • @Zachary Fluke here’s a thought. Maybe if he didn’t run from them…. He’d still be alive. Cause I’m sure you know he was such an outstanding citizen

    • Nena Pereira | April 13, 2021 at 2:52 PM | Reply

      I think the citizens that comply with authority don’t get in trouble, those who don’t, risk their lives, don’t you think. I’ve been stopped by police and always complied with their directions, and they treated me without any complications. I think it all has to do how your parents treat you and teach you to behave, to take responsibility for your actions and not blame everyone else for the actions you choose.

    • Martina Reno | April 13, 2021 at 5:26 PM | Reply

      Haahhahahahahahahahaaahhaa im sorry is sad

    • John MacDonnald | April 13, 2021 at 6:11 PM | Reply

      So one cop mistakes someone elses apt for her own, and now one mistakes gun for taser? Fml

  14. You can’t just let go someone when they mistaken killing someone especially when she is a professional. Lives is not going to come back!

  15. LMFAO gonna get it some shoes

  16. 2004lamborghini | April 13, 2021 at 8:02 AM | Reply

    I’m not going for the “he was a good kid act “ but he didn’t deserve to die . You just can’t make mistakes like that pulling out a gun instead of taser

    • The police don’t typically deal with good kids. They know their job deals with bad people with poor decision making skills. Knowing that they need to expect bad behavior and dumb choices without making dumb decisions themselves.

  17. CHRIS Bevins | April 13, 2021 at 9:00 AM | Reply


  18. BidenHarris: Mad Magazine's Person Of The Year | April 13, 2021 at 9:21 AM | Reply

    “I thought it was a taser” = “Stop resisting” = “I was in fear for my life”

  19. Nena Pereira | April 13, 2021 at 2:43 PM | Reply


  20. Black women STAY ON CODE !!!!!! I don’t know how many times I have to say this…they WOULDN’T do the same for you. While you’re out her protesting, Hooten and hollering these people would NOT be out there protesting for you!!! # STOP BEING A MAMMY!!!

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