Hundreds of deadly shots by police in the Minneapolis area mourn Daunte Wright


Minneapolis April 22, 2021 The funeral of Dauntelite was held a few days after a Minneapolis jury convicted another white former police officer. Katie Wright shoots a dove after the funeral, and next to her is Rev. Al Sharpton.

Katie Wright releases a pigeon after her son Downte’s funeral in Minneapolis on April 22, 2021. With her is Rev. Al Sharpton on the right. (Jason Almond / Los Angeles Times)

How did Daunte Wright’s mother talk to a crowd of hundreds of funerals on Thursday and tearfully talk to them? 20 years old fatally shot by police I was looking forward to raising his toddler son this month.

“He always said he couldn’t wait to be proud of his son,” Katie Wright stood surrounded by her husband and Rev. Al Sharpton, who praised him at the Shiro Temple International Ministry in northern Minneapolis. I said that.

A woman surrounded by other people has her hands on her face

Katie Wright, Chuo, funeral of his son Dawnte. The event began after many participants were led into the Shiro Temple Church in Minneapolis. (Jason Almond / Los Angeles Times)

Wright, a black man, was shot on April 11 during a traffic outage on the outskirts of the Brooklyn Center. At that time-white Kim Potter officer.. Wright withdrew from police into a car after trying to arrest him on an unsolved warrant that he did not appear in court on suspicion of a misdemeanor gun.

Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police, subsequently resigned and was charged with manslaughter. The police chief said he mistaken her gun for a taser after turning off the lights because Potter drove with an expired tag.

Wright’s funeral came a few days later Convicted Minneapolis Jury Derek Chauvin, another former white police officer who killed a black man, George Floyd, 46. Some of the people who appeared at Wright’s funeral were attending Floyd’s funeral, Including Floyd’s relatives Attorney Benjamin Crump represents both families.

Crump has repeatedly paused to recognize relatives of other black victims who have been screaming for the Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter movements: Emmett Till, Philland Castile, Jammer Clark, Eric -Garner, Oscar Grant, Breona Taylor. The lawyer summoned Floyd’s relatives in front of the church they were standing in and raised their fists as the crowd applauded.

“We must show support,” Floyd’s aunt Angela Harrellson said in an interview at the beginning of the funeral. “Even if we win the battle, the war is still going on.”

Harrellson, a nurse living in the suburbs of Minneapolis, attended with her brother Selwyn Jones in Gettysburg, South Dakota.

Crump led a packed church and said, “Dawnte’s life was important!”

On the back of the white sweatshirt worn by the mourner, a smiling young man next to the candle is depicted.

During the funeral of Dauntelite in Minneapolis, families and loved ones gather in the graveyard. (Jason Almond / Los Angeles Times)

“How did Officer Potter see Dante Wright? More importantly, how does America see our children?” Crump said. “… we need to make sure Daunte Jr. knows that we stood up for his father.”

Senator Amy Klobuchar (Democratic Party), who was sitting in front of the church with Governor Tim Walz and Congressman Ilhan Omar (Democratic Party), called on Senator to pass the George Floyd Justice in Police Act. .. He passed the House of Representatives last month, but has not yet voted in the Senate.

The bill aims, among other things, to improve police training to prevent racial profiling, ban strangulation and knock ban warrants, and abolish “qualified immunity” to protect police from civil proceedings.

“As long as a tag has expired means that you will lose your life while the transportation is stopped, there is no true justice,” Klobuchar said at the funeral. “As long as a warrant without strangler figs, neck knees, or knocks is considered legitimate police, no true justice will take place.”

In his compliment, Sharpton encouraged continued protests until a bill named after Floyd was passed and justice was achieved for Wright’s family.

People in masks surround a casket with the image of a smiling young man.

A 20-year-old casket at the Dantelite shooting range, killed by a Minneapolis casket attendant and a Brooklyn Center police officer. (Jason Almond / Los Angeles Times)

“Unless there is justice, we’re not going to be quiet,” he said, citing this week’s deadly police shootings in North Carolina and Ohio.

Protesters gathered outside Stillwater, Minnesota on Thursday afternoon to call for the prosecutor’s home to handle Potter’s case and to upgrade her allegations to murder.

“I’ll do everything I can to convict her of what she did,” said Atty, Washington County.Pete Olput said during a fierce exchange with protesters on the street Captured on Facebook Live..

“She committed the murder, Pete!” The protesters shouted. “If that boy was white, there would be no doubt, or if Kim Potter was a black woman.”

“I’m not trying this case on the street,” Olput said before retreating in the house.

A small crowd chanted, “Claim the murder!”

Candles, flowers, signs and other items are placed on the ground in front of the scrambled fist statue.

A temporary monument honoring Dawn Terite at the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, April 22, 2021. (Jason Almond / Los Angeles Times)

Activists clashed with police at the Brooklyn Center Police Station last week. Police responded with pepper spray, tear gas, and rubber bullets. However, since Chauvin’s verdict, about 75,000 cities have been quiet.

“We need to protest and keep fighting, but we must fight peacefully,” said Debra Trainer, 64, an administrative aide to the suburbs of Minneapolis, after attending Wright’s funeral.

“It will be peaceful,” said Brian Jackson, 41, of St. Paul, who ran a home of calm life and grew up with Wright’s father.

Jackson said Chauvin’s verdict had notified local police.

“It will make a big difference,” he said. “They can’t treat someone the way they feel, just because they have badges.”

This story was originally Los Angeles Times..