Daunte Wright was shot after hanging an air freshener on his rearview mirror, which is illegal in the state of Minnesota.
Minnesota police pulled over Daunte Wright for incorrectly placing an air freshener. When Wright pulled up, police found he had an existing warrant and the situation became violent.
Wright, aged 20, resisted arrest. As a result, he was fatally shot by one of the three police officers who had recognised an issue with the placement of the air freshener.
The police officer who shot Wright, Officer Kim Potter, seemingly believed she was holding a taser. Despite the weapons being clearly different, the officer expressed shock when she shot the young man. Bodycam footage captured Potter stating “Sh** I shot him.”
Wright then entered his vehicle and drove away. Eventually, he crashed the vehicle and died. His girlfriend was present in the car but left the incident relatively unscathed.
Over a hundred people protested the needless death at the Brooklyn Center police headquarters. Eventually, they were dispersed by tear gas.
Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, has also talked about the incident. Wright called his mother as the situation unfolded.
She explained the incident from her perspective when Wright called about insurance information:
George Floyd‘s family have offered support Philonise Floyd said:
“We will stand in support with you.”
“The world is traumatized, watching another African American man being slayed. I woke up in the morning with this on my mind. I don’t want to see another victim”
Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Daunte Wright.
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