Hundreds Mourn Daunte Wright at Funeral in Minneapolis

Hundreds, including loved ones and civil rights leaders, gathered to attend the funeral of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man killed by the police during a traffic stop.

Attendees at the Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis on April 22 include veteran civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton, Governor Tim Walz, Representative Ilhan Omar, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, and George Floyd’s family, as well as their lawyer Ben Crump.

Sharpton delivered the eulogy, referencing the air freshener that Wright’s mother said was the reason police stopped Wright’s vehicle, as opposed to the police saying Wright was pulled over due to having expired tags.

“We come today as the air fresheners for Minnesota. We’re trying to get the state of police brutality out of the atmosphere. We’re trying to get the stench of racism out of the atmosphere. We’re trying to get the stench of racial profiling out of the atmosphere,” Sharpton said.

“The time has come for police to understand they’re not above the law. Every crisis must be answered with real change,” Sharpton further said.

Walz called for a moment of silence to honor Wright and said, “Nothing can bring Daunte back to his loved ones. But we will continue working to enact meaningful, lasting police accountability and reform.”

Omar presented Wright’s family with a flag flown from the United States Capitol in honor of Wright.

Body camera footage showed former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter shooting Wright in close range when the police tried to arrest him last April 11, sparking renewed protests against police brutality.

Former Police Chief Tim Gannon said  that Potter, a 26-year veteran, mistakenly grabbed her gun instead of her taser, a claim that has drawn skepticism.

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