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


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.

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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.

Potter’s actions were an example of gross incompetence and she is now being charged with second-degree manslaughter, so it is understandable that the mayor would want to find solutions to prevent an incident like this from happening again.

However, traffic stops can sometimes imply that the person is wanted for other crimes, and those situations can quickly get out of hand.

A better solution for Brooklyn Center and other communities to consider is improving training for officers in high-intensity situations like the one that resulted in Wright’s death.

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Another major consideration would be to end police unions outright.

It is unclear at the moment if Potter had any previous incidents, but sometimes other former officers involved in fatal encounters, like Derek Chauvin, had a record of allegations of improper behavior while on duty.

Police unions, much like teachers unions, protect their members who perform poorly instead of letting them go.

Police brutality is a contentious issue that requires nuanced solutions that ensure individual communities will be protected in a way that works best for them.

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Cameron Arcand is a former writer for The Western Journal.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2017 as a school project, he founded, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News and Fox 5 DC. He has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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