A witness said Al Jazeera police took “ at least four minutes ” to get Wright out of the car after shooting near Minneapolis.
A witness told Al Jazeera she believed the police took too long to start providing medical treatment to Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man who was fatally shot by a policeman during a traffic stop near the US city of Minneapolis last week.
Kimberly potter, who resigned from the police after the incident, has been charged with second degree manslaughter in Wright’s shooting in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
Potter said she by mistake fired the handgun when she wanted to use a Taser.
Police say Wright was pronounced dead at the scene after receiving medical treatment that was ultimately unsuccessful.
The medical examiner determined Wright died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, claiming the death was homicide.
Carolyn Hanson, a woman who lives near the scene of the incident, said she rushed out of her home that day when she heard what was going on.
“They (the police) waited at least four minutes before they got him out of the car,” Hanson told Al Jazeera.
“They got him (Wright’s girlfriend) out of the vehicle and they didn’t get him out right away.
Hanson said she did not understand what took the police so long to act.
“I have a feeling that if you shot him and recognize him and realize that you shot him and you shouldn’t have done it, then why isn’t your priority? ‘go get him and try to save his life and give him a chance? to the life? she said.
“Why don’t you do that?”
Lawyer for the Wright family, Ben Crump, said Hanson’s account demonstrates the need to examine all possible evidence of the incident.
“It goes to show that we need to see the entire bodycam video of all the officers to see if the officer immediately helped Daunte Wright, which would probably have saved her life,” Crump told Al Jazeera.
Police said Wright was arrested on expired tags, but sought to arrest him after discovering he had an outstanding warrant.
The warrant was aimed at not appearing in court for fleeing police and possessing an unlicensed firearm during a meeting with Minneapolis police in June.
Body camera video shows Wright grappling with police after they said they were going to arrest him.
Potter, a 26 year old police veteran, pulled out his service pistol and can be heard shouting “Taser!” three times before she shoots. Then she said, “Holy shit, I shot him.”
If convicted, Potter faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $ 20,000. She was released on $ 100,000 bond within hours of her arrest on Wednesday.
His next court appearance is scheduled for May 17.
Protesters rallied outside the Brooklyn Center Police Station after Wright’s death to demand accountability for what happened.
The incident coincided with the Trial of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, accused of the death of George Floyd last May. Jury deliberations in the case began on Monday.
Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests under the Black Lives Matter banner, with protesters demanding an end to racial injustice and police violence against black people.