Police Shooting of Daunte Wright Calls for Protests


Mariana Razo, Editor-in-Chief

Hundreds of protesters have flooded the streets of Minnesota this week after the death of Daunte Wright. Tensions are high as George Floyd’s trial is being held nearby, less than a year from his death that sparked protests for social justice.

Daunte Wright was a 20-year-old Black man who was shot by 48-year-old former Officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop. Wright was pulled over for a traffic violation due to a expired registration tag but soon turned fatal.

A struggle began as police attempted to detain Wright since there was a warrant for his arrest. Wright attempted to get back inside his car as police officers tried to handcuff him. However, according to the police chief, Officer Potter meant to use a taser and instead, fired the wrong weapon that killed Daunte Wright.

Katie Wright, the mother of Daunte Wright, spoke a rally and said that her son was being pulled over for having an air freshener hanging from his rear-view mirror. According to NBC News, “Minnesota law prohibits motorists from hanging air fresheners and other items from their rear-view mirrors.”

Left: Daunte Wright, Right: Kim Potter

In a statement, The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota said they “had deep concerns that police here appear to have used dangling air fresheners as an excuse for making a pretextual stop, something police do all too often to target Black people.”

Benjamin Crump, a civil rights lawyer, has been hired to represent Wright. Crump is also the lead attorney for Floyd’s family.

In a statement regarding Wright’s death, Crump said, “Daunte Wright is yet another young Black man killed at the hands of those who have sworn to protect and serve all of us — not just the whitest among us. As Minneapolis and the rest of the country continue to deal with the tragic killing of George Floyd, now we must also mourn the loss of this young man and father. This level of lethal force was entirely preventable and inhumane.”

For the fourth night, protesters brought their forces in front of the police headquarters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. CBS Minnesota has reported that Law enforcement used occasional tear gas and sprayed chemicals on those who approached the fence around the building.

On Tuesday, Potter and the city’s chief police resigned form the Minneapolis suburb’s police department. However, Potter is currently being held in Hennepin County Jail on $100,000 bail and charged with second degree manslaughter for the murder of Daunte Wright. According to CNN, “Former Brooklyn Center Police officer Kimberly Potter will make her first court appearance Thursday.”