Brooklyn Center Mayor: Officers Don’t Necessarily Need Weapons During Traffic Stops

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The mayor of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, is considering new police reforms in the wake of the fatal Daunte Wright shooting, but one of his proposals is under scrutiny. Mayor Mike Elliott suggested at a news conference that police officers do not need weapons while pulling people over for traffic violations. “I don’t believe that officers need to necessarily have weapons every time they’re making a traffic stop,” Elliott said Tuesday. “We know that there other many other jurisdictions, even around the world, where that is certainly the case, it’s not needed,” he added. Elliott’s statements come days after Wright was shot and killed by an officer while being pulled over. The officer was later identified as Kim Potter, who appeared to have mistaken her handgun for a taser. Potter and Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon both resigned from their positions after the incident, but there is ongoing civil unrest in the Minneapolis suburb and cities throughout the country over Wright’s death.

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