Mayor removes "thin blue line" flag following death of Daunte Wright

by Jenny Mount · Apr 15th, 2021 11:23 am

Last Updated Apr 17th, 2021 at 10:50 pm

Mayor Mike Elliott asked for the removal of a pro-law-enforcement flag that was flying outside the police station in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, in an effort to mitigate escalating tensions after the death of Daunte Wright.

According to Elliot, he has received "a number of inquiries about the flag" from those, including the ACLU of Minnesota, who view the flag as inflammatory.

"And so, with people coming to the department expressing their anger and seeing the flag -- we don't want the flag to be a flashpoint that angers people and does that in a way that they're going to come to the department," Elliot said at a Tuesday press conference.

Following Sunday's fatal shooting, Police Chief Tim Gannon turned in his resignation, as did Officer Kim Potter, who police say accidentally shot Wright instead of using her Taser.


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