Celebrities are talking about the death of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man who was gunned down over the weekend by a white police officer in the Minneapolis – Saint Paul metro area.
Wright was driving at the Brooklyn Center when he was pulled over by police. When he was first arrested for an expired registration tag on his car, according to Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, officers later discovered he had an arrest warrant for him. . When police attempted to take him into custody and Wright returned to his vehicle, Gannon said Kim Potter – a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department – “accidentally” shot Wright while ‘she intended to deploy her Taser. Wright died at the scene.
Wright’s parents spoke Hello america‘s Robin Roberts on Tuesday and spoke about the death of their son.
“I lost my son, he will never come back,” said Wright’s father Aubrey Wright.
He also said he did not accept the explanation that his son’s shooting was an accident.
“I can’t accept that – a mistake, that doesn’t even ring true,” he said. “This officer has been in the force for 26 years. I cannot accept this.”
Meanwhile, Wright’s mother Katie Wright recalled her last conversation with her son. She said he called her when the traffic stopped.
“I know my son was scared,” she said. “He’s scared of the police, and I just saw and heard the fear in his voice. But I don’t know why and it should never have gotten worse like it did.”
“He had a 2 year old son who will not be able to play basketball with him,” she added. “He had sisters and brothers he loved so much. He just had his whole life taken away. We had our hearts ripped from our chests. It was my baby.
A number of celebrities have opened up about the fatal shooting, including Beyoncé, who shared a photo of Wright on her website.
“Rest in peace Daunte Wright” reads her message.
In a statement, former President Barack Obama said he and his wife, Michelle Obama, were in mourning alongside the Wright family.
“Our hearts are heavy at the idea of another shooting of a black man, Daunte Wright, at the hands of the police,” the statement read in part. “It is important to have a full and transparent investigation, but it also reminds us of how much we need to reinvent policing and public safety in this country.”
Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris addressed Wright’s fatal shooting at a black women’s maternal health panel discussion and said he should “still be alive today.”
“Our nation is in need of justice and healing. And law enforcement must be held to the highest standards of accountability, ”she said. “We know that people will continue to die if we do not fully address the racial injustice and inequalities in our country, from implicit prejudices to broken systems.”
President Joe Biden tweeted Monday: “Today I think of Daunte Wright and her family – and the pain, anger and trauma that black America experiences every day. While waiting for a full investigation, we know what to do. moving forward: rebuilding trust and ensuring accountability so that no one is above the law. “
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