Daunte Wright, a Black Minnesota resident, has been identified as the man killed by police in a Minneapolis suburb on Sunday, April 11, 2021. According to a press release from the police department, officers pulled Wright over shortly before 2 p.m. in Brooklyn Center.
During the traffic stop, police say Wright started driving away and was shot by an officer. According to police, Wright continued driving for a few more blocks before colliding.
He was 20 years old.
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After officers and responding medical staff attempted life-saving measures, Wright was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. Wright’s vehicle had a woman in the passenger seat, and she sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the collision.
Family members say 20-year-old Daunte Wright was killed by a police officer in Brooklyn Center this afternoon after being pulled over for displaying an air freshener from his rearview mirror in his mother’s car. @MPRnewspic.twitter.com/mPq8tnmjaZ
According to police, she was taken to a nearby hospital. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Wright was named as the victim by his mother, Katie Wright, who spoke to the media at the scene of the crash. Wright’s mother said that her son’s body had been lying in the street for several hours. The shooting sparked protests in Brooklyn Center on Sunday night.
Many demonstrators came to the city from Saint Paul, where Justin Teigen’s birthday was being commemorated with a candlelight vigil. Teigen, 24, was discovered dead during a traffic stop in 2009.
According to Fox 9, his family claims he was killed by officers and thrown into the garbage, while police claim he died after fleeing police and hiding in a dumpster. Wright’s death coincides with the start of the third week of the Derek Chauvin trial on Monday. In the death of George Floyd, Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, is charged with murder.
Daunte Wright was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop around 2pm today. Im here at the scene, where several dozen people are chanting and holding space at the police line pic.twitter.com/MgF3UIiv1G
According to the Brooklyn Center Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been ordered to “conduct an unbiased investigation of the incident.”
“Brooklyn Center officers wear body-worn cameras,” according to Brooklyn Center Police. During this incident, we assume both body-worn and dash cameras were activated.” The video from the body cams and dash cams has not been released to the public.
Part of the incident was likely caught on Facebook Live, according to witnesses at the scene, but no video had emerged on social media as of Sunday night. The BCA will have more information as the investigation progresses, according to police.
One-and-a-half year old #DaunteWright Jr. was held up in the air by his uncle, Damik Wright, to see the formation of police in riot gear near where Wright Jr.’s father crashed after being fatally shot by Brooklyn Center police during a traffic stop earlier today. @StarTribunepic.twitter.com/MH7qIlpbab
Floyd’s murder, as well as other police-involved killings, was investigated by the BCA, which also looked into the shootings of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis, Philando Castile in St. Anthony, and Justine Damond in Minneapolis.
Wright was the father of a son, Daunte Wright Jr., who will turn two in July, according to his relatives. Kim Hyatt, a reporter for the Star Tribune, took to Twitter.
On a YouTube Livestream by independent Minnesota media outlet Unicorn Riot, Wright’s sister said, “He was so goofy. He just makes everybody happy. They took my brother away from me. … I’m so hurt, they really just took him. … I still can’t believe it. I’m still feeling like I’m going to go home and see him. It really hurts.”