Inquiry underway after reports US police officer accidentally shot black man

President Joe Biden is treading a fine line reacting to the latest shooting of an African American person in Minneapolis as the murder trial of George Floyd enters its third week.

The incident is the first fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer in the state since the death of Mr Floyd last May.

An investigation is underway after a police officer shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright but reportedly intended to use a taser and not a handgun.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration were “incredibly saddened” to hear of the incident labelling it a “reminder of the pain, the anger, the exhaustion that many communities across the country have felt”.

Mr Biden said “the question is was it an accident? Was it intentional? That remains to be determined by a full-blown investigation”.

However, he condemned the looting and violence which followed the incident saying there was “no justification” for such behaviour.

More than 500 national guards have been deployed to Minneapolis to deal with the unrest.

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