Daunte Wright shooting: Other officers have mistaken their guns for stun guns

first_imgrustythedog/iStock(NEW YORK) — The veteran police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, may have accidentally grabbed her gun instead of her stun gun before the shooting, an assertion offered by the police chief.In body camera footage of the incident, the officer, Kim Potter, can be heard yelling “Taser” repeatedly before she shoots Wright. After firing her handgun, she yells, “Holy s—! I just shot him!”“It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet,” former chief Tim Gannon, who has since resigned, said Monday in a press conference.He said Potter had been taught to warn others when deploying a Taser, and that the distress she expressed following the incident shows that it was an accidental discharge.While the assertion has sparked anger and disbelief from some, this wouldn’t be the first time an officer has shot a suspect with a handgun instead of firing a stun gun.And in several recent cases, officers faced little to no consequences for what was deemed a mistake.In 2019, a New Hope, Pennsylvania police officer shot and wounded an unarmed man in what he says was a mistaken use of his gun. Like Potter, he yelled “Taser” before pulling out his gun and shooting the man in the stomach. The victim was in critical condition following the incident. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the officer violated a New Hope department rule that mandates that stun guns be worn on the opposite hip from a firearm. This officer wore his stun gun on his right side in front of his firearm, according to the police.Though the officer violated policy, District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said he did not violate the law, claiming it was “was neither justified, nor criminal, but was excused” in a letter to the New Hope police chief. The officer was not charged with a crime.In May 2018, a Kansas police officer was initially charged with aggravated battery after she shot a Black man following a traffic stop. He was wounded in his back and later taken to a hospital. Then-Lawrence Police Department officer Brindley Blood also yelled “Taser” before firing her gun at the man, who had hit and slammed an officer to the ground using his body. The rookie police officer told investigators she had meant to use her stun gun. Criminal charges were later dismissed when a Douglas County judge ruled that the evidence didn’t prove that Blood reacted recklessly to the situation.Also, in May 2018, a Southwestern Regional police officer in Pennsylvania, Stuart Lee Harrison, allegedly tried to use a stun gun against a subject’s thigh while he was handcuffed and instead shot him with a firearm. According to the York Daily Record, the arrestee was hospitalized and his condition was unclear. Harrison was charged with simple assault and the criminal case is ongoing, but he is free without bond. The police department disbanded in 2019.And in 2015, an Oklahoma reserve deputy shot and killed an unarmed Black man. The subject ran from police and when officers struggled to subdue him, then-deputy Robert Bates said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun and accidentally killed the subject. Bates was sentenced to four years in prison for second-degree manslaughter but served 16 months.There is no national data on these kinds of incidents, but law enforcement experts agree that mistaking guns for stun guns, while relatively rare, does happen.Other cases have occurred in recent years as well. An Americans for Effective Law Enforcement article from 2012 found nine more instances of these accidents between 2001 and 2009. Americans for Effective Law Enforcement is a not-for-profit research organization that focuses on criminal justice.In the case of Wright’s death, former chief Gannon said Brooklyn Center officers go through specific training on the placement of their stun guns to avoid such an incident.“We train with our handguns on our dominant side and our Taser on our weak side,” Gannon said. “So if you’re right-handed, you carry your firearm on your right side, you carry a Taser on the left. This is done purposefully and is trained.”It’s unclear if Potter was carrying her equipment according to department policy. In the body camera footage, another officer can be seen wearing their stun gun on one side and their gun on the other.Potter is a 26-year BCPD veteran, former union president, and was serving as a field training officer at the time of the incident. She has since resigned from her position, but Brooklyn Center’s Mayor Mike Elliott said he has not yet accepted the resignation. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput announced that Potter will be charged with second-degree manslaughter. In Minnesota, a second-degree manslaughter conviction can carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.“The question becomes: ‘How could she have not differentiated between a firearm and that of a yellow Taser, which should be on her weak side,” law enforcement expert Cedric Alexander said in an interview with ABC News. “It is distinguishably a very different-looking instrument in your hand … That would be hard to mistake.”It is unclear what make or model stun gun Potter had. Body camera footage of another officer on the scene alongside Potter shows a stun gun in its holster with a brightly colored handle that is noticeably different than the gun Potter held in her hand during the incident.Potter is being represented by attorney Earl Gray. He is also representing Thomas Lane, one of the officers involved in George Floyd’s death who is charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.Alexander, a law enforcement veteran with more than 40 years of experience, says stress, pressure and lack of training can lead to this kind of mistake in a high-intensity situation in the field. He said training and practice have to be continuous throughout an officer’s career — but, not speaking specifically about Potter, he also believes departments have to do the work to “be far better assured about who it is that we’re hiring and bringing into our police department across this country. What’s their comfortability with people who have different than themselves, who may have a different orientation than themselves, whether it’s around race or gender, or sexual preference or religious preference?”Even when stun guns — which are designed to be less-lethal weapons for law enforcement — are deployed, they can be deadly.Alexander says Potter needs to be held accountable.“Someone here did lose their life, and there are certain mistakes out here that we cannot make,” Alexander said. “But we need to allow the investigation to take place … and then we’ll have a better idea of what was going through her mind at that time.”In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, Wright’s father said he refused to believe that the killing was an accident.“I lost my son, he’s never coming back,” Aubrey Wright, said. “I can’t accept that — a mistake, that doesn’t even sound right …. This officer has been on the force for 26 years. I can’t accept that.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Property family moves back to York

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Property family moves back to York previous nextAgencies & PeopleProperty family moves back to YorkThe Negotiator5th December 20190468 Views L to R: Richard Littlefair, Donna Sanderson and Scott LittlefairA recently launched property management and lettings business in York, founded by a local family of property professionals, is already managing more than £40 million worth of rental property – and has more than doubled its year one target, in its first nine months of trading.Littlefairs Property Company was founded by Scott Littlefair, his father Richard Littlefair and sister, Donna Sanderson. The trio previously owned and ran Letters of Distinction, which they built into a leading independent sales and letting agents before selling to Countrywide four years ago. In January, they set themselves a target of managing 90 rental properties within 12 months and just nine months later they already have a portfolio of more than 200 homes on their books.We have glowing testimonials from our landlords and tenants, personally and also on Google reviews, so it’s been a very rewarding nine months.”Managing Director, Scott Littlefair, said, “We are really pleased to be back serving the property market in our home city of York, but also in the surrounding areas of Harrogate, Wetherby, Thirsk, Ripon, Leeds and beyond. With over 45 years’ combined experience, we are well placed to provide landlords with a personal and well informed service to attract high quality tenants and maximise their rental income.”Donna added: “Since we started Littlefairs Property Company rents have increased around 15% during those four years and tenant demand is the highest we have ever known. The properties we are letting typically rent from £600 per month for a one bedroom unfurnished home through to £2,500 for a five bedroom detached house. We have already received many glowing testimonials from tenants and landlords, personally and via our online google reviews, so it’s been a very rewarding nine months.”Littlefairs Property Company Scott Littlefair Donna Sanderson Richard Littlefair December 5, 2019Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

A loyalty program for good times and bad

first_imgPSCU prides itself on its loyalty program for Member-Owner credit unions. However, in the wake of recent natural disasters — specifically, Hurricane Maria and earthquakes in Mexico — program administrators used the Credit Union Service Organization’s credit card loyalty program to demonstrate the personal connection between credit unions and their members that distinguishes PSCU from other financial services providers.PSCU’s credit card program offers a number of reward-redemption options for cardholders. For those enrolled in PSCU’s CURewards®, one of the most popular choices is applying points from purchases to travel expenses, including flights, hotel rooms and car rentals. PSCU has partnered with Montrose Travel for more than 20 years to administer this aspect of CURewards. As reports about devastating storms and earthquakes began to make headlines, Montrose Travel and PSCU began to realize that some of their credit union members might need “above and beyond” assistance.After carefully searching its database for travelers already in the affected areas, or for those planning a visit in the near future, Montrose Travel proactively contacted those credit card holders to make sure they were safe, that they had a way to navigate potential difficulties and that they were able to get home. This was quite a task to carry out given there are 3.5 million accounts from 338 credit unions participating in the CURewards program alone. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Salmonella cases jump to 370 in 42 states

first_img CDC press release The peanut butter subject to the current recall was sold in more than 60 other countries on three other continents as well as islands in the Caribbean and the Pacific, the Associated Press reported yesterday. Feb 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The number of people sickened in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter grew by 41, to a total of 370 in 42 states, since the last update a week ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday. Jeff Farrar, chief of the state’s Food and Drug Branch, told legislators the involved farm is in the second year of a 3-year transition from conventional to organic farming and is no longer growing produce, the Herald reported FDA officials and ConAgra are investigating the peanut butter production process to determine how the produce may have become contaminated, the CDC said. See also: Local agricultural consultant John Inman told the Herald the location of the farm isn’t the central issue. “As an industry, we’re got to make sure this doesn’t happen again. That’s the issue as I see it,” he said. Tainted spinach traced to one fieldIn other food safety news, California officials said yesterday that they have traced last year’s spinach-linked Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak to a 50-acre plot in San Benito County, Calif., according to a report in the Monterey Herald. Past Salmonella episodes involving peanut butter include a 1996 Australian outbreak that sickened 15 people and a 1994-95 outbreak in Israel and Wales that was traced to contaminated peanut-butter–coated snacks and affected about 2,200 people, mostly children. Two closely related DNA fingerprints of S enterica serovar Tennessee have been associated with the outbreak, and the organism has been found in nine jars of peanut butter, the CDC said in a press release yesterday. The new information was revealed during a hearing before members of California’s Senate and Assembly agriculture committees, the Herald reported. FDA and state investigators had previously said that the E coli source had been traced to either Monterey County or San Benito County. S enterica typically causes fever and nonbloody diarrhea that resolves in a week. Of 294 patients for whom clinical information is available, 60 (20%) have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Illness onset dates, known for 256 patients, ranged from Aug. 1, 2006, to Feb. 16, according to the CDC. Sixty-two percent of the illnesses began after Dec 1. However, state officials declined to identify the specific farm, saying they would share that information when they release their final report with the FDA in coming weeks, the Herald said. Three high-profile E coli outbreaks in recent months were clearly or possibly linked to fresh produce. The outbreak traced to fresh spinach sickened more than 200 people in August and September, and lettuce was suspected in separate outbreaks linked to Taco Bell and Taco John’s restaurants later in the fall. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised consumers not to eat any Peter Pan peanut butter produced since May 2006 or any Great Value brand peanut butter with a product code on the lid that begins with 2111. Both products are made at the same ConAgra plant in Sylvester, Ga., and have been linked to the Salmonella enterica outbreak, which began in August, according to the CDC and FDA. The agencies announced the outbreak and voluntary product recall on Feb 14.last_img read more