Hundreds gather for Minneapolis funeral of Daunte Wright |

Hundreds gather for Minneapolis funeral of Daunte Wright

Compiled from multiple Associated Press stories
Updated: April 22, 2021 05:42 PM
Created: April 22, 2021 04:31 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Hundreds gathered to remember Daunte Wright Thursday, 11 days after the young Black man was shot by police during a traffic stop. Hundreds of people packed into Shiloh Temple International Ministries to remember the 20-year-old Wright.

Daunte Wright was remembered at his funeral Thursday as a dedicated father whose life was ended too soon at the hands of police. Daunte’s mother, Katie Wright, says his fatal shooting changed both their lives. Speaking at her son's funeral, she said: “The roles should be completely reversed. My son should be burying me.”

Wright buried her face in her hands and Daunte’s father, Aubrey, briefly took the microphone. 
When he passed it back, Katie Wright recalled how her son became father to a boy born prematurely, describing his happiness and pride.
She says: “Junior was the joy of his life. He lived for him every single day.”

Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a thundering eulogy, promising that Black people will never “shut up and suffer,” and that changes to federal law are coming. Rev. Al Sharpton called the 20-year-old father a prince. Sharpton says mourners came “from all over the country because you hurt one of our princes.” Sharpton’s eulogy included a stinging rebuke of the possibility that Daunte Wright was pulled over for having air fresheners dangling from his mirror.
Wright’s mother has said her son called her after being stopped in suburban Brooklyn Center. She says he told her he had been pulled over because of the air fresheners. Police say he was stopped for expired registration.
Sharpton said Thursday that activists have come to Minneapolis “as the air fresheners of Minnesota.”
He says they are working “to get the stench of police brutality out of the atmosphere.”
The funeral opened with trumpeter Keyon Harrold played a rendition of “Amazing Grace” and “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” often referred to as the Black national anthem.
Artist Ange Hillz also painted Wright’s portrait with white paint on black canvas at the service Thursday. Hillz executed similar portraits of George Floyd at his funeral and of Breonna Taylor.
Ben Crump, attorney for the Floyd and Wright families, led the assembled mourners in chanting, “Daunte Wright’s life mattered!” He also praised Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who led the team that prosecuted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in Floyd’s death.

Wright died April 11 after a white Brooklyn Center police officer shot the 20-year-old Black man during a traffic stop. 

The police officer who shot Wright, 26-year-veteran Kim Potter, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. The city’s police chief said it appeared from the officer’s body camera video that she had intended to fire a Taser at Wright, but mistakenly fired her pistol. Potter resigned soon after the incident. 

Wright’s killing came amid increasing tension during the weekslong trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer who killed Floyd.


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