“Intentionally Racist”: Rep. Tlaib Declares Wright Shooting “Wasn’t An Accident”

Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib wasted no time in declaring that the shooting of Daunte Wright was a racist shooting and no accident. The long advocate for defunding police has declared that she is done with “government funded murder.” I have a column this morning in The Hill discussing how such comments can prejudice not only the case against any officer in the Wright case but the ongoing trial of former officer Derek Chauvin. While a long advocate to defund the police, Rep. Tlaib seems to go even further to call for an end of all policing in her most recent comments.

There is evidence suggesting that the shooting may have been accidental. In the videotape, the officer is heard yelling “taser, taser, taser” before he exclaims “Holy S**t, I just shot him.” There remain serious questions about the stop and execution of the arrest. However, Tlaib clearly is not willing to wait for those facts to be established.

Rashida Tlaib declared on Twitter on Monday night that the death of Daunte Wright “wasn’t an accident” and was “inherently [and] intentionally racist.”

There is evidence that the shooting may have been a  “confused weapon” case where an officer mistakingly grabs his service weapon rather than his taser.  Particularly given the riots and looting that is occurring in Minnesota, one would hope that government officials would caution against assuming facts and encouraging the public to wait for the results of the investigation.

The officer has been put on administrative leave.

Tlaib’s call for “no more policing” will rekindle the defund the police debate to the chagrin of many who see the cause as hurting Democrats.

Following the death of George Floyd, Tlaib announced her support for legislation called the BREATHE Act. The bill would divest federal money from federal law enforcement entities, close federal detention centers, and create federal incentives to close state prisons.

The latest comments are breathtaking.  Tlaib states categorically that the incident was “inherently & intentionally racist” but also declares “no more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.” What does that mean? No more policing or incarceration in a large society would invite anarchy and chaos. This is a member of the United States Congress calling for the end of policing entirely as if the United States could get by on the honor’s system.

Tlaib demonstrates how the defund the police movement remains strong in the United States and, despite denials from some in the media, remain as unambiguous as it is extremist.

273 thoughts on ““Intentionally Racist”: Rep. Tlaib Declares Wright Shooting “Wasn’t An Accident””

  1. Ok, well, let’s start with Tlaib’s district and see how long she remains in office.

    1. Illegal deportation is as legal and moral as illegal importation.

      Illegal emigration is as legal and moral as illegal immigration.

      The resolve of the people who will exercise dominion is the key.

      George Washington and the American Founders did not hesitate to act.

      The Naturalization Act of 1802 was in full force and effect in 1863 and it required citizens to be “…free white person(s)…” until it was illegally and unconstitutionally nullified by Lincoln and his similarly illegitimate successors.

      You import the likes of Rashida Tlaib and expect “harmony of the ingredients” not an “injurious tendency?”

      “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

      – Albert Einstein

      What are you, insane?
      __________________

      “In the composition of society, the harmony of the ingredients is all-important, and whatever tends to a discordant intermixture must have an injurious tendency.”

      – Alexander Hamilton

      1. If memory serves. Tlaib was born in Michigan and is not an immigrant.
        So you have to blame her parents and the public school system for her ignorant behavior.

        1. When is your next appointment with your therapist, S. Meyer? I hope it’s soon. If not, you should get on the horn…, pronto.

          1. Anonymous the Stupid, you should be worried about your own mental well being. You low attempts to be significant is a sign of a psychiatric disorder.

              1. Anonymous the Stupid, why do you think we are ‘pals’? Stop trying to climb the ladder on someone else’s back.

                  1. Anonymous the Stupid, again with the pals? We are not pals.

                    You’re an ironic, smug, humorless clod with a grasp of the nuances of the English language that only a Fifth Grader would be jealous of and who can’t seem to keep up with the blog dialog.

                    I’m not even going to give credit to the one I stole those words from. They are too good and too true not to steal. Forget it Mespo, you did too good a job. I am stealing your words. 🙂

  2. Hey Tlaib, instead of accusing the police of wrongdoing and suggesting that we “need to change our policing policies”, why don’t you condemn the black culture for their constant criminal behavior, particularly among the 15-28 year old black man. Just like all of you worthless politicians, you fault the remedy not the cause.

  3. Rashida Tlaib is the real enemy here. She’s the jar-shaker. The race-baiter. She is the one stirring up strife and resentment. If Tlaib’s assessment of the situation was accurate then racism will be found under every tree, under every rock, hiding in every corner and behind every alley. Accidents happen. Mistakes happen. But when you take a vile person like Tlaib, you have someone who incites people to violence over mere mistakes. She’s the one who should be banned from Facebook & Twitter – this woman is the real enemy.

    1. “Accidents happen. Mistakes happen.”

      They do.

      But this mistake resulted in a person dying unnecessarily. That’s not a “mere” mistake. If someone in your family were killed by a police officer by mistake, would you still call it a “mere mistake”? How heartless you are.

      1. I don’t think anyone is calling it a mere mistake.
        Here you have a man who was dangerous and was wanted on violent gun related charges. Free clue… he was 20. Now how old do you have to be to legally own and carry a pistol in the US? (21)

        It was a mistake but there was no intent.

        Wrongful death suit against the city? sure.

        But enough is enough.

        1. Anonymous, he wasn’t dangerous or wanted on violent gun charges. He had a misdemeanor warrant for not showing up in court for a prior charge of possessing a weapon without a permit. That’s not a violent gun charge.

          This is how victims are dehumanized. By labeling them as violent criminals based on their race. Because they are deemed dangerous.

          1. Did you miss this, Svelaz?

            “Daunte Wright was facing attempted robbery case when killed by cop”

            https://nypost.com/2021/04/13/daunte-wright-was-facing-attempted-robbery-case-when-killed-by-cop/

            “Wright, 20, and another man had been charged with first-degree attempted aggravated robbery in December 2019 for allegedly trying to steal $820 from a woman at gunpoint, according to Hennepin County District Court documents.

            “Wright was later arrested in the case and released on $100,000 bail. But he violated his bail conditions in July when he failed to stay in touch with his court monitor, the papers said.

            “Kim Potter could face manslaughter rap in Daunte Wright shooting: experts
            According to the Daily Mail, he also was in possession of a gun at some point after his arrest for the robbery, which was also in violation of the condition of his bail release.

            “The case was still pending when police in Brooklyn Center pulled Wright over Sunday for having an expired registration on his car.

            “Police said the officers then determined Wright had an outstanding warrant related to his bail violations and sought to arrest him — but he broke away and got back in the car.”

            1. Anonymous, nothing you pointed out says he is the one who had the gun. He wasn’t indicted with a felony yet. He made bail. The lack of facts regarding the robbery which involves TWO suspects doesn’t automatically mean he is a felon. Until he is actually indicted with a felony he is. Not before. As many say, he still had his due process rights. He’s innocent until proven guilty. He died before he could be proven guilty in court.

              1. To Svelaz @ 6:33:

                As I understand it, he missed his court date, related to his first pending case, that of having a gun without a permit. I don’t know the details, beyond what was stated in the article mentioned, above: “He failed to stay in touch with his court monitor.”

                If true, not good.

                The judge, then issued a “gross misdemeanor warrant.”

                “…he still had his due process rights. He’s innocent until proven guilty. He died before he could be proven guilty in court.”

                All true. That said, it’s also true that he might be alive if he hadn’t resisted arrest.

                The police handled the situation badly, to say the least, and Kim Potter will be tried for shooting Wright.

                By the way, the comment @ 8:58 a.m. isn’t mine, FWIW.

              2. Anonymous, nothing you pointed out says he is the one who had the gun.

                Still lying. Not happening. The victim (fact witness) identified, IN A LINE UP, Wright as the person threating her with a gun while he had his hand on her throat.

          2. Damn. I never considered it possible to be disqualified from useful idiot status, but you’ve managed to no longer be useful. The court records are public and widely available on the internet. Let’s try facts:

            – In December 2019, he was charged with Aggravated Robbery – 1st Degree; He was accused of choking the victim and threatening her with a gun to rob her of $820. He resisted and he threatened to shoot her if she didn’t give him the money. He was released on bail.

            – In July 2020, a warrant was issued for failure to appear on additional charges that he fled from police while in possession of a handgun. His original bail condition prohibited him from being in possession of a gun. This was the outstanding warrant.

            You’re peddling in fantasy (lying), all the while, original source documents are available to prove you’re flat out lying.

            https://www.scribd.com/document/502729366/12-4-Arrest#download

            1. Olly, he was charged, but never convicted of the crime. He died before he was indicted. So all claims against him are moot since they cannot be proven to be true. Under the law Wright is still innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. As many like to say. He is entitled to due process and he was still innocent at the time he died.

              1. Too late. My comment to you was to correct your blatant lies. You said:

                Anonymous, he wasn’t dangerous or wanted on violent gun charges. He had a misdemeanor warrant for not showing up in court for a prior charge of possessing a weapon without a permit. That’s not a violent gun charge.

                This is how victims are dehumanized. By labeling them as violent criminals based on their race. Because they are deemed dangerous.

                You’re despicable. Of course the charges are now moot you dolt. His violent history however remains a fact that you apparently want people to believe becomes moot as well.

      2. Are you a police person or soldier? Because if you have a job where the other people have guns, the thought process is entirely different. Why don’t you just try to put yourself in the frame of mind of a person who deals with criminals and guns daily. Easy to judge if you’ve never been there.

      3. “If someone in your family were killed by a police officer by mistake, would you still call it a “mere mistake”? How heartless you are.”

        The comment is one that seems not to involve thought or intelligence. It’s horrible that people are hurt or killed but it isn’t heartless to understand that mistakes are made.

        This is the type of comment that separates Anonymous the Stupid from the rest of the crowd. Appeal to emotion, a logical fallacy.

  4. She has right to her opinion just as I am entitled to my opinion. My opinion is that she is not very bright and is trying to stir the pot for her reasons. I do suggest if she thinks police need to be defunded, let us start with her district and she how it goes.

  5. Tlaib hates this country and yet there she is in Congress — with her first attention on “her people,” the Palestinians, and her hatred of Israel and Jews. What a destructive, divisive figure she is.

  6. If you watch the vid it is difficult not to come up with this interpretation…

    She was holding that gun in front of her face for some time, and kept yelling “Taser, taser,” almost as if it were part of a script. Plus, what are the chances that an accidental shooting would be fatal? Methinks PD needs to get a few convictions in the hopes of calming the George Floyd crowd. Side benefit: Beware, citizens. You might be the next “accidental” victim.

  7. Jonathan Turley: Daunte Wright, another young black man, dies at the hands of police during a traffic stop. During his press conference Brooklyn Center, Minn. Police Chief Tim Gannon indicated that police officers are trained to place their taser on the weak side and their gun on their dominant side so that in a potentially dangerous confrontation the officer doesn’t make a mistake and discharge his weapon unnecessarily. The officer involved is a 26 year veteran of the Brooklyn Center police department. He is no rookie. He knows the difference between his weapon and the taser. I don’t buy Chief Gannon’s defense of the officer by saying it was an “accidental discharge”. This was just another case, sanctioned by the Supreme Court many years ago, that permits police to stop a young black man driving a new car for a minor traffic infraction (in this case an air freshener hanging from the rear view mirror that might obstruct the driver’s field of vision) in hopes of finding drugs, unlawful weapons or other contraband. This is called a “”pretextual” traffic stop and blacks are much more likely to be stopped than whites in similar situations. Even if a white person was stopped in this situation he/she might be cited but rarely removed from the car or handcuffed. Wright was just another victim of DWB. Shouting “Taser” several times doesn’t change the dynamics of the situation. It could be argued that the officer wanted a cover excuse in case the situation went deadly. “See, I intended to use my taser on the driver not my sidearm. It was an ‘accident’ I shot the guy dead”. .But you are always Johnny on the spot in defending police who are caught on tape using excessive force on black people. In the Wright case you say it only involves a “confused weapon”. In the Derek Chauvin case you say Floyd died from an overdose of fetanyl not because his air supply was cut off for over 9 by Chauvin’s knee. You also bizarrely argue Floyd was an “uncooperative suspect”. We’ll just have to see whether the Floyd jury agrees.

        1. Violent criminal is resisting arrest and is fleeing the scene.
          She was calling Taser and and didn’t realize she pulled her gun and not the taser.

          ‘Fog of war?’ ‘Heat of battle’?

          As others have pointed out. Defund the police means less training.
          The other question… why was she on the streets in the first place. She was a veteran of the force, but what was her role?

        2. Was the person shot because there was an arrest warrant? Of course not. The proximal cause is something different or otherwise every arrest warrant would lead to a shooting.

        1. yes

          technically a “gross misdemeanor” arrest warrant

          as I understand it, he had a pistol and no permit, at some point, and then he didn’t appear in court, as was required

          1. I don’t know what kind of gun it was.

            “Court records show Wright was being sought after failing 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. In that case, a statement of probable cause said police got a call about a man waving a gun who was later identified as Wright.”

            https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2021/04/12/man-shot–killed-during-minnesota-traffic-stop-sparks-unrest

            If he had been waving a gun around, I wonder if he was tagged as an EDP?

          1. Thanks for posting the DM link.

            The bullet points:

            “DailyMail.com can reveal that Wright, 20, had a warrant out for his arrest for attempted aggravated robbery charges at the time

            Charging papers allege Wright and a second man, Emajay Driver, attended a party in December 2019 at the home of two women in Osseo, Minnesota

            The women allowed the pair to crash after they said they didn’t have a ride home

            The next morning, after one of the women went to withdraw $820 in rent money, Wright allegedly held her at gunpoint and demanded she give him the cash

            His bail was originally set at $100k with orders that he should not contact the victim or any witnesses, refrain from drugs and alcohol and not have any weapon

            It was revoked in July last year due to his ‘failure to not possess a firearm or ammunition’ and not keeping in touch with his probation officer

            DailyMail.com has also learned that online speculation that Wright did not know there was a warrant out for his arrest is false”

            1. “That is the case that led to a warrant for his arrest at the time he was shot and killed by police officer Kimberly Potter in Minnesota on Sunday, leading to days of unrest.”

    1. “This was just another case, sanctioned by the Supreme Court many years ago, that permits police to stop a young black man driving a new car for a minor traffic infraction (in this case an air freshener hanging from the rear view mirror that might obstruct the driver’s field of vision) …”

      He wasn’t stopped for that. He was stopped for expired tags on his license plate.

    2. Hey Dennis. It was a she. And the air freshener story is total BS. You would have a lot more credibility if you knew just the basic facts!

    3. @Denis McIntyre
      You got virtually nothing in your little screed correct. The officer is a woman, not a man. Wright was stopped because his car had expired tags, not because of an air freshener.
      And so on. You also clearly oh nothing of police procedure and protocol, but you insist on inflicting your stupidity on us.

    4. DM:
      “Police Chief Tim Gannon indicated that police officers are trained to place their taser on the weak side and their gun on their dominant side so that in a potentially dangerous confrontation the officer doesn’t make a mistake and discharge his weapon unnecessarily. The officer involved is a 26 year veteran of the Brooklyn Center police department. ”
      ****************************
      Well Dennis, for once we agree. Officers are trained over and over again about the difference in placement, weight and feel for the supposed non-lethal taser versus the very lethal sidearm. The officer her made a fatal mistake as evidenced by the tape and is likely guilty of some lesser murder charge (manslaughter, maybe) and certainly civilly liable IF THE FACTS ARE AS WE HAVE BEEN TOLD. That said, due process needs to prevail and the lawyers for each side need to earn their nickels. Even in the split-second decision making of the event, that sidearm should not have been pulled — warrant or not.

  8. All this talk about driving while black. Have you considered it from the perspective of driving while black and white? Police officers wake up everyday and put on a target (their uniform). They get in their target (vehicle) and then are tasked to go out on roads and neighborhoods where people like Rashida Tlaib and other prominent race-baiters have told the public these people of black and white color are an enemy out to kill them. Every traffic stop has the potential to be lethal. The officer and the civilian are on edge. The officer not only has to assess the occupant(s) of the vehicle, they also have to assess for possible threats from civilian bystanders and other vehicles. Now the officer instructs the occupants on what to do for the safety of the occupant and the officer. The occupant complies, tensions ease on the officer and the routine traffic stop is completed. But what if the occupant doesn’t comply? Immediately tensions escalate. Now a routine stop has just escalated to a potential life and death situation. Not because this officer and 99% of all officers are murderers; not because the occupant of the vehicle is of a particular race, color, sex, etc. Because the race-baiting rhetoric has set the stage for such confrontations. I wouldn’t be surprised if more officers don’t resign from working in major metropolitan (warzones) areas and relocate to quieter communities.

    1. “what if the occupant doesn’t comply?”

      What if the officer makes an illegal demand, as occurred with the case in Virginia of Second Lt. Caron Nazario?

      A competent officer doesn’t mistake their gun for a taser.

      Yes, police put their lives on the line. So do firefighters. So do people in other dangerous jobs. I value them when they do good work, but some of them are in the wrong line of work and do harm, and they are not immune from criticism.

        1. It’s entirely legal to tell an officer during the stop that they’ve made an illegal demand, as Lt. Nazario did.

          1. Sure, go with that. There are a lot of things we can do because it’s legal. In fact, when your home gets swatted, that’s the perfect time to grab your weapon and tell them to eff off. After all, it’s entirely legal to tell law enforcement you’re innocent. They will of course holster their weapons and leave, you know, because you have the right to do that.

            1. Olly: Spot on!

              “. . . when your home gets swatted . . .”

              I was involved in a case like that. The individual was confronted by a virtual battalion of law enforcement, all with guns aimed, fingers poised. The individual (and his attorney) knew that the warrant was based on perjured testimony, and that he was innocent. He also knew: Now is *not* the time to make that case. Comply with law enforcement, and live to fight another day. Which he did, and won. Had he resisted, he’d probably be dead or seriously injured — and rightfully so. Police enforce the laws (and warrants). They are not the judiciary.

              Ever watch the show “Airplane Repo”? The repo guys get arrested all the time. They know that the law’s on their side, that they’re in the right. But they also know that the police don’t (yet) know that. They realize that law enforcement is acting on a report of a “stolen” airplane. They comply with the officers’ orders, and live to fight another day. In fact, they say explicitly: Weapons drawn and tensions high is *not* the time to make your case.

              The childish immaturity of some of these perps is astounding. It’s as if they have no concept of: There’s a right time and place for everything. And, like a spoiled child, they have no concept of “tomorrow” or “next week.”

              1. I haven’t seen the show, but they made a wise choice.

                Police enforce the laws (and warrants). They are not the judiciary.

                Right now someone is crafting a response to the effect they are acting as judge and racist executioners. The reality is they have a job to do that requires judgment and the use of force, up to and including lethal force. We get to see bodycam footage, with the added luxury of hitting pause to scrutinize the event second by second. The officers and the suspects are acting in real time. The officers receive training for these scenarios; what “training” to the suspects get? Whether innocent or guilty, they many have been taught for a long time that they are victims of law enforcement and the legal system. That the system doesn’t work unless you’re white. Whether that is true or false is irrelevant to the fact that cruiser parked behind you has armed law enforcement in it. They have radios, helicopters and others armed just like them. Being pulled over for expired tags, broken taillight, tinted windows or for no reason at all, is not the time to test the judgment, experience and/or training of the officer. For all I know, this officer graduated last in the academy and just got dumped by their significant other. When I get pulled over, I turn off the ignition, put the keys on the dash, roll down my windows and put my hands on the steering wheel. I don’t go fumbling for my license, registration and insurance until directed by the officer. Doing anything else is simply adding a variable into the officer’s equation.

          2. Nazario was acting like a baby. He was safe and he knew it. But he was a cunning actor, not really a baby, just a fraud.

            He was fishing for notoriety and a settlement. And you fools have obliged him.

      1. Nobody gets to second guess that cop during the encounter. That is not our law. The remedy is not refusal the remedy is administrative and judicial complaints after the fact.

        Of course nobody tells that to the public. Lawyers cops and judges know it, high school civics teachers know it, but people learn from mass media, which is owned by billionaire tyrants who want to push our country into anarchy and further tyranny which will protect their own interests by making us all that much weaker.

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