• February 23, 2024

Al Sharpton delivers eulogy in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS – Daunte Wright’s family and friends have the The 20-year-old black father was fatally shot in a traffic obstruction by a senior Minnesota police officer at a memorial service in Minneapolis Thursday.

“He was a brother, a prankster,” said Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, as she repulsed tears. “He was loved by so many. He will be so missed.”

Hundreds of mourners were convicted of murder in a Minneapolis courtroom 11 days after Wright’s death in nearby Brooklyn Center and two days after the policeman who killed George Floyd last May.

Katie Wright reflected on Wright’s son Daunte Jr. and the “joy” the child brought him.

“He was so happy and so proud and he said he couldn’t wait to make his son proud,” said Katie Wright.

When Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy, he said when he came to the service a man told him he hadn’t seen a similar funeral procession since the death of Minneapolis-based pop icon Prince.

“I said, ‘Well, we’ve come to bury the Prince of Brooklyn Center,’ ” Sharpton said to applaud the audience.

Wright was killed on April 11 in Brooklyn Center, about 10 miles north of Minneapolis, after police stopped him for driving a car with an expired license plate. During a fight with the police, veteran officer Kim Potter warned that she was going to berate him, but instead shot Wright with her gun. The police said they misunderstood the guns.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar told the mourners at Shiloh Temple that the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin in Floyd’s death did not equate justice for everyone wrongly killed by law enforcement agencies.

“True justice will not be done as long as expired tags mean you will lose your life in a traffic obstruction,” said Klobuchar. “True justice will not be done while black Americans are killed by law enforcement at more than double the rate of whites.” American. ”

In addition to Klobuchar, Governor Tim Walz, Senator Tina Smith, Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison, and Floyd’s family members were also present.

At the beginning of the service, civil rights attorney Ben Crump got the crowded, energetic crowd going by exhorting them to repeat several times, “Daunte Wright’s life was important.”

The community also responded enthusiastically to an artist who painted a portrait of Wright on a black canvas with white paint as Jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold played a solo from “Amazing Grace”.

Wright’s death caused anger, sadness and frustration in a church that is already in Chauvin’s trial.

Was chauvin Found guilty on all three counts Murder Floyd. Potter, an officer in the Brooklyn Center for 26 years, resigned in the days after his death and was charged with second degree manslaughter. The former city police chief, who had also resigned, said he believed Potter thought she was her with her taser as she pulled out her gun.

Ellison, whose office ran Chauvin’s prosecution, and Floyd’s family, who raised their fists, received applause as Crump praised them during the service. Crump and Klobuchar demanded that too George Floyd Justice in the Police Act to be passed in Congress.

Mourners also gathered in front of the church, including several people whose relatives were killed by the police.

Rashad Henry and Brian Jackson know Wright’s father and said more needs to be done to hold officers accountable. “We’re losing too many brothers to the police,” said Henry, putting on a hat that said, “I can’t breathe.”

Jackson said he first found out about Wright’s death on the news and reached out to the family after seeing Wright’s father Aubrey Wright at a press conference. They grew up together.

“I’m sad, not so angry,” said Jackson. “He just had a child; Now the child has to grow up without a father. … I know he would have been a good father. “

Wright was remembered as a young father to Daunte Jr., who enjoyed spending time with his family on July 4th. “He was loved. He was ours,” said Aunt Naisha Wright last week.

Daunte Wright celebrates the first birthday of his son Daunte Jr.

“He didn’t deserve it”:The family remembers Daunte Wright as a revered father who enjoys exercising and celebrates July Fourth

During the protests against Wright’s death, hundreds gathered each evening at the Brooklyn Center Police Station were hit with rubber bullets, tear gas and members of the Minnesota National Guard. The city was closed for several nights when police and protesters clashed, and dozens were arrested every evening.

Wright was stopped at Brooklyn Center on April 11th. His mom said he called her during the stop and said it was about the air freshener. Police later said he was stopped because of an expired registration. Wright had a pending arrest warrant for possession of a weapon without permission and for escaping from an officerwhich prompted officers to try to arrest him.

Body camera footage released shortly after his death showed that Potter, who is white, intervened when the cop handcuffed Wright for a moment. An argument ensued and Wright stepped back into the driver’s seat. Potter can be heard shouting “Taser” as she draws her Glock instead. She shoots Wright, who then drove away, and Potter is heard saying, “Holy (expletive), I just shot him.”

Tim Gannon, the resigned Brooklyn Center police chief, described the incident as an “accidental discharge”.

However, Wright’s family said they cannot accept this report of their son’s death and requested full accountability on Potter.

How could a gun be mistaken for a taser? Since 2001 there have been at least 16 cases of “gun confusion”.

Katie Wright said last week that “justice” would be impossible in this case because it would mean bringing her son home. “Justice is not even a word for me,” she said.

Daunte Wright's coffin will be moved to Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis on April 22, 2021.

Crump said Wright should not have been run over during the COVID-19 pandemic for a minor violation such as an expired vehicle registration.

The case has also drawn comparisons with that of Mohamed Noor and Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Noor, a Black Minneapolis police officer, fatally shot and killed Damond, a white woman, in 2017 after saying he heard a bang on the side of his patrol car and thought Damond was a threat. Noor was convicted of third degree murder and second degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 12½ years in prison.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office turned Potter’s case over to the Washington County Attorney’s Pete Orput following an agreement between prosecutors in the Minneapolis area.

“Certain professions carry immense responsibilities and nothing more than a sworn police officer,” said Imran Ali, deputy head of the Washington County Criminal Police Department, in a statement last week. “We … want to prove that Officer Potter removed her public safety responsibility when she used her firearm in place of her taser. Your act caused the unlawful killing of Mr. Wright and she must be held accountable.” ‘

Potter faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of second degree manslaughter.

Featuring: Trevor Hughes in Minneapolis


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