Detroit chief on Minnesota police shooting: 'How do you confuse' a taser with a gun?

April 14, 2021, 12:01 AM

Craig appeared on Fox Business Tuesday night.

After booking Detroit Police Chief James Craig to talk about unrest in Minnesota following the police shooting of Daunte Wright, Fox Business got more than it expected when he called out the officer responsible for the 20-year-old Black man's death.

"How do you confuse the deployment of a taser with the deployment of a hand gun?" Craig said, referencing former Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter's explanation. "We’re gonna make mistakes and we’re gonna make bad decisions … but we have to take responsibility for what's wrong and simply say this is a troubling incident."

The killing occurred Sunday in a suburb of Minneapolis, where former officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the alleged murder of George Floyd, prompting three nights of violent clashes between police and demonstrators and sparking protests elsewhere. Potter resigned Tuesday.

Craig, whose hardline stance on demonstrators has landed him a recurring guest spot on Fox cable networks, said Detroit is on alert.

"We have to pay attention, we’re certainly prepared for any response to this," he said. "These criminal rioters. This doesn’t justify their actions in terms of a questionable shooting. ... Families call (for) peace. Let due process run out."

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