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Parents Of Daunte Wright Speak After Cop ‘Accidentally Kills’ Their Son, Police Chief & 26-Year-Veteran Officer Kim Potter Resign + Protests Erupt

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The parents of Daunte Wright – a 20-year-old biracial man who was shot and killed by a white police officer – are speaking out after the police chief described the shooting as an “accidental discharge.” Find out their reaction to their son’s killing being called a “mistake,” plus Daunte’s aunt’s super emotional CNN interview, protests and more inside…

Another family is grieving the loss of a loved one at the hands of a police officer.

The parents of Daunte Wright – a 20-year-old biracial man who was reportedly shot and killed by a white female officer – are speaking out for the first time after their son was gunned down Sunday (April 11th) and shared with the world that they “can’t accept” the notion that their son was “mistakenly” murdered.

Aubrey & Katie Wright sat down with “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts to talk about the shooting death of their son – who is the father of a one-year-old son – during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

“I lost my son, he’s never coming back,” Daunte Wright’s father, Aubrey Wright, told ABC News’ Robin Roberts on “GMA.”

The police officer who killed Daunte claims it was an accident. As you can imagine, they aren’t buying that.

“I can’t accept that — a mistake, that doesn’t even sound right,” he added. “This officer has been on the force for 26 years. I can’t accept that.”

And we don’t blame them.

Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter – a 26-year vet & has served as her police union’s president – has been identified as the officer who shot Daunte. Both officer Kim Potter and police chief Tim Gannon have RESIGNED:

Here’s what happened after police pulled Daunte…

It was reported officers initially pulled him over due to air fresheners hanging on his rear view mirror, despite earlier reports that he was driving with registration tags.

ABC News reports:

Daunte Wright was driving in Brooklyn Center, about 10 miles northwest of Minneapolis, when he was stopped by police on Sunday afternoon. The officers initially pulled him over for an expired registration tag on his car but determined during the traffic stop that he had an outstanding gross misdemeanor warrant, according to Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon.

As police attempted to take him into custody, Daunte Wright reentered the vehicle and one of the officers fired their weapon, striking him. The officer — identified by authorities as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department — intended to deploy her Taser instead of her gun when she “accidentally” shot Daunte Wright, Gannon said.

The car sped off, traveling several blocks before crashing into another vehicle. A female passenger in Daunte Wright’s car sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the crash and was transported to a nearby hospital. The passengers in the other vehicle were not injured, according to Gannon.

Officers and medical personnel “attempted life-saving measures” on Daunte Wright but he died at the scene, Gannon said.

Bodycam footage of the traffic stop was released, which you can watch below. WARNING – the video below may be triggering to some:

Daunte called his mother right as he was being pulled over and she shared details of their conversation. 

Heartbreaking.

According to the Washington Post, officer Kim Potter, 48, has retained attorney Earl Gray, who is also representing former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, who has also been charged in George Floyd’s death.

Daunte’s aunt, Nisha Wright, spoke with CNN’s Don Lemon while traveling to Brooklyn Center to reunite with her family following the death of her nephew. She delivered a super emotional interview where she talked about the life of her nephew. Interestingly, Daunte apparently told his mother the reason he was being pulled over was because of air fresheners hanging from the rear view mirror.  Ms. Wright remarked how the police department is now saying it’s due to an expired license plate, and she feels they’re lying.  Especially since Daunte just got the car less than two weeks ago.

Check it out below:

 

 

By the way, Daunte’s murder happened less than 10 miles away from where former police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump is representing the family:

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said he was “appreciative” that officer Kim Potter submitted her resignation but that he had not asked for it.

Protesters are filling the streets of Minnesota where they were met with tear gas and officers dressed in riot gear.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey, and St. Paul mayor Melvin Carter, announced a 7pm curfew for Monday, April 12th in response to the uprisings following Daunte’s murder. The curfew means all nonessential businesses, including restaurants and bars, will need to close and allow employees to travel home prior to the curfew being enacted.

Over 40 people were arrested during the protests:

Forever President Barack Obama issued a statement regarding Daunte’s murder:

Ben & Jerry’s also issued a statement in regard to Daunte’s murder:

 

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Photo: Daunte’s Family

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