It isn’t clear who ordered Police Chief Tim Gannon at his Monday news conference to not use the term “riot” to describe what by all reasonable definitions was, in fact, a riot that followed a police-involved fatal shooting of a black motorist on Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
According to CNN, activists as well as reporters were present during Gannon’s remarks — but nonetheless it was a bit over-the-top to witness the exchange as the chief stood at the podium.
“What was your decision to issue a dispersal order while they were peacefully protesting in front of the police station … and then, on the back end of that 10-minute dispersal order … to issue out CO2 canisters and gas for the crowd?” one person asked Gannon.
The chief replied, “Just so everybody’s clear, I was front and center at the protest, at the riot.”
It didn’t take but a second or two for individuals in attendance to bark out, “Don’t do that!” and “that was no riot!” and “it was not a riot.”
But Gannon stood his ground: “Yes, there was.”
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The chief added that “the officers that were putting themselves in harm’s way were being pelted with frozen cans … they were being pelted with concrete blocks. And yes, we had our helmets on, and we had other protective gear, but an officer was injured, hit in the head with a brick — it was a Hennepin County deputy, he was transported to the hospital, but we had to make decisions. We had to disperse the crowd because we can’t allow our officers to be harmed.”
Again, given the report that activists were present at the presser along with reporters, one would hope activists were the ones who inappropriately inserted themselves into the exchange with Gannon. But in the age of CNN’s Jim Acosta — who still allows former President Donald Trump to live rent free in his head — and other mainstream journalists who stray far from objectivity and make themselves part of the story, one can never be too sure.
Police also said Monday that the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old Daunte Wright was an accident by an unidentified “very senior” female officer who apparently mistook her handgun for a Taser.
The Minnesota National Guard was deployed Sunday night after a crowd of 100 to 200 people rioted after the shooting.
The officer who shot Wright has been placed on administrative leave.