The parents of Daunte Wright, a twenty-year-old Black man, who was fatally shot on Sunday, have said they “can’t accept” the notion that their son’s death was “a mistake.”
Read on for their full interview.
On Sunday, April 11th, Daunte Wright was pulled over in Minnesota for a traffic violation.
And things were quick to take a very sinister turn.
Shocking bodycam footage has since been released of the officers’ confrontation with Wright, an unarmed twenty-year-old Black man.
After pulling Wright – a father of 1 – over for the traffic violation and handcuffing him, officers soon realized there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
But Wright suddenly attempted to reenter his car while being handcuffed, prompting a struggle with the officers.
“I’ll tase ya!” a female police officer is heard shouting as the young man tries to get back into his car.
“Taser, Taser, Taser!” she shouts…
But instead of firing a tase gun, she fires a handgun directly at Wright instead.
“Oh s***! I just shot him,” she’s then heard saying after pulling the trigger.
Wright slams down on the accelerator as he’s shot, causing his car to speed away.
He managed to drive several blocks before crashing and dying from a gunshot wound to his chest, according to the medical examiner, as per Sky News.
From the moment Wright’s death was announced to the public, outrage was triggered…
And people have been demanding justice for yet another Black man to die at the hands of the police here in America.
On the evening following the tragic event, several hundred people defied the curfew and gathered at the Brooklyn Center police station in protest of Wright’s untimely death.
But sadly, it didn’t take long for things to turn violent.
Officers in riot gear fired gas canisters and flash-bang grenades after some demonstrators threw bottles and other objects at the station…
And the anger and emotion in the air was undeniable.
It’s utterly heartbreaking to lose yet another life at the hands of police brutality…
But right now, all eyes are on one person… and that’s the female police officer who pulled the trigger on this young man.
The police officer has since been identified by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as Kim Potter, a twenty-six-year veteran of the police department.
She is currently on administrative leave pending an independent investigation.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon told reporters yesterday he believes the officer meant to reach for her taser but instead grabbed her gun.
“This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright,” Gannon said, as per BuzzFeed News.
Gannon would not comment directly on whether she would be fired…
But added, “I think we can watch the video and ascertain whether she will be returning.”
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott then said that he supported Potter being terminated.
“My position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people in our profession, so I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties.”
President Biden has given us his thoughts on the issue.
On Monday, Biden urged people to stay calm while a thorough investigation is launched to find out whether the shooting was in fact an accident, or if it was actually intentional.
“I think we got to wait and see what the investigation shows,” Biden said. “And the entire investigation. You all watched, I assume as I did the film, which is fairly, the body cam, which is fairly, fairly graphic. Question is, was it an accident, was it intentional? It remains to be determined by a full-blown investigation.”
“But in the meantime, I want to make it clear again, there is absolutely no justification, none, for looting, no justification for violence, peaceful protest understandable.”
He later added this:
”And the fact is that, you know, we do know that the anger, pain, and trauma that exists in the Black community, and that environment is real, it’s serious, and it’s consequential. But it doesn’t, will not justify violence and/or looting. And so the question is, how we in an orderly way, make clear that you get down to a full-blown investigation to determine what the facts are, and what is likely to happen.”
And now, Wright’s parents have broke their silence…
In an exclusive interview on Good Morning America Wright’s father, Aubrey, and mother, Katie revealed they cannot accept the notion of a “mistake.”
Katie explained that her son had called her during the traffic stop.
“Daunte said, ‘For what, am I in trouble?’ I heard the phone getting put down pretty hard,” Katie explained.
“And then I heard scuffling and the girl that was with him screaming, and I heard an officer ask for them to hang up the phone and then I didn’t hear anything else.”
“I tried to call back three, four times and the girl that was with him answered the phone and she said that they shot him and he was lying in the driver’s seat unresponsive. And then I heard an officer ask her to hang up the phone again and then after that, that’s the last time I’ve seen my son. I haven’t seen him since.”
“I know my son was scared. He’s afraid of the police, and I just seen and heard the fear in his voice,” she added
“But I don’t know why and it should have never escalated the way it did.”
Describing her son as “an amazing, loving kid,” Katie spoke of what Daunte will now miss with his 2-year-old son.
“He had a 2-year-old son that’s not going to be able to play basketball with him. He had sisters and brothers that he loved so much,” Katie said.
“He just had his whole life taken away from him. We had our hearts pulled out of our chests. He was my baby.”
Speaking of the notion that the killing was a mistake, Daunte’s father, Aubrey said: “I lost my son, he’s never coming back.”
“I can’t accept that — a mistake, that doesn’t even sound right. This officer has been on the force for 26 years.”
“I can’t accept that.”
Rest in Peace, Daunte.
Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family during this terrible time, and we hope justice will soon be served.
This is a developing story and updates will be posted accordingly.