Everything we know about the killing of Daunte Wright
Race relations in the United States are again tense after demonstrators poured into the streets of Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis. They were protesting on Sunday and Monday night after the killing of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, shot dead during a traffic stop. Here’s everything that we know so far about the shooting.
Daunte Wright Killing – The facts
This is the same city where former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd and is facing murder charges, as the case is in its third week. Floyd’s murder sparked Black Lives Matter protests all around the world, exposing the endemic of racism in America. But, sadly it wasn’t going to be the last incident of police brutality in America. Amid this monumental case, another killing of a black man has paralyzed the city.
Chief Tim Gannon of the Brooklyn Center Police Department detailed the events that took place on Sunday afternoon. Officers stopped Daunte Wright for a traffic violation related to expired registration tags. Then, the officers discovered that there was a warrant for Mr. Wright’s arrest. They tried to detain Mr. Wright, but he stepped back into his car, which resulted in a brief struggle with the police officers.
There was also graphic footage, where one officer can be seen pointing a handgun at Daunte Wright while shouting “Taser”. After the car pulls away, the officer shouts “I just shot him” to the other officers after yelling an obscenity. After the shot, the car traveled several blocks and it hit another automobile. Later on, healthcare workers announced Mr. Wright was dead on the spot. Chief Gannon said:
It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet.
The officer responsible for the Daunte Wright killing was Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the department. After being placed on administrative leave, Potter then resigned from the police force. Furthermore, Chief Gannon also resigned on Tuesday.
The victim’s mother reveals the harrowing details
The victim’s mother, Katie Wright, claims that her deceased son called her as the police was pulling him over. She told the reporters that Mr. Wright was driving a car that his family had given him two weeks ago. She said:
He said they pulled him over because he had air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror.
Furthermore, she revealed that Daunte Wright was accompanied by his girlfriend as the police pulled him over. The police also revealed that there was a woman in the car who had injuries, but non were life-threatening. Ms. Wright further detailed that after her son dropped his phone, she could here a scuffle with the officer telling him not to run. Afterward, someone hung up the phone and then her girlfriend called Daunte Wright’s mother back and told her that her son had been shot.
As far as the arrest warrant was concerned, a judge had issued it for Daunte Wright earlier this month. He was facing two misdemeanor charges after the police charged him for carrying a pistol without a permit and ran away from the officers last June.
As a result, protests erupted outside the Police Department. The protestors chanted and threw bricks and cans at officers. Later on, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also declared a state of emergency on Monday and a curfew from 7 p.m. onwards till Tuesday at 6 a.m. Moreover, 20 businesses inside a nearby mall had been broken into and three nearby businesses were looted. The police arrested 40 people on several charges, including rioting and violating curfew restrictions.