Protests broke out in a Minneapolis suburb on Sunday after police shot and killed a Black man, who has since been identified by family as 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Below, what you need to know about what happened and how you can stand in solidarity with Wright and his family.
What happened on April 11:
On the afternoon of Sunday, April 11, a police officer in Brooklyn Center, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis, fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. According to the New York Times, Brooklyn Center Police Department Chief Tim Gannon said officers pulled Wright over for a traffic violation and determined that Wright had a warrant out for his arrest. As officers tried to detain him, Wright stepped back into his car and an officer shot him. Wright then drove a few more blocks before hitting another vehicle and died at the scene. While the people in the other car were not injured, the passenger in Wright’s car sustained non-life threatening injuries.
On Monday, Gannon said he watched body camera footage from the shooting and believes it was an “accidental discharge” and that “the officer had their intention to deploy the Taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet.” In the video, Gannon said, “You can hear the officer, while struggling with Mr. Wright, shouts ‘Taser, Taser,’ several times.” The Times reports that in the video, the officer can be also heard saying, “Holy shit. I just shot him.” While the officer has not been identified, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune, Gannon said she is a “very senior officer” who is now on administrative leave.
Katie Wright, Wright’s mother, told reporters that her son called her as he was being pulled over. Per the Times, she said, “He said they pulled him over because he had air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror.” She said she heard “scuffling” and an officer telling Wright not to run before the call ended. When Wright’s mother called back, his girlfriend answered and said Wright had been shot.
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