Funeral service for another slain Minneapolis Black man

Modesto Morganelli
Апреля 23, 2021

The memorial viewing of his body was held the day after a jury convicted former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd. "You brought hate into their families and we will run it out and get them justice".

The investigation will examine whether there has been a pattern "of unconstitutional or unlawful policing" in Minneapolis, Attorney General Merrick Garland said earlier this week.

On Wednesday, mourners gathered at Shiloh Temple to view the body of Wright, a 20-year-old Black man. What next for Minneapolis?

Also attending were the families of Oscar Grant, killed in 2009 by a California transit officer who mistook his service weapon for a stun gun, similar to the Wright case, and of Emmett Till, the teenager whose 1955 lynching in MS helped spark the civil rights movement, as well as the boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, who was shot by white Louisville, Kentucky, officers in March 2020 as they served a warrant. The edict linked Mr Wright's death to "deep, systemic racism".

The congregation clapped and shouted in enthusiasm at a eulogy given by the Reverend Al Sharpton and opening statements by attorney Ben Crump, who represents Wright's family after representing many other families of slain Black Americans.

Rev Sharpton spoke about the rallying cry "no justice, no peace" that has been chanted at civil rights protests for decades.

"While nothing can bring Daunte Wright back to his loved ones, we must continue to work to enact real, meaningful change at the local, state, and national levels to fight systemic racism so that every person in Minnesota - Black, Indigenous, Brown, or White - can be safe and thrive", Walz said. "We must speak up when there is an injustice".

Family and community members attend the public viewing service of Daunte Wright.

According to Wright's mother, whom Wright called for advice during the traffic stop as officers were reviewing his license and registration, Wright told her they stopped him over an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror, which is a minor infraction in Minnesota. Junior was the joy of his life.

George Floyd family at Daunte Wright funeral
A day after celebrating Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict, Minneapolis resumes mourning for Daunte Wright

Wright's parents and other relatives filed past his open white casket adorned with red roses at the start of Wednesday's viewing. Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar, and Rep. Ilhan Omar, whose district contains Brooklyn Center. "As I was crying, the thing that bothered me was right down the road was Daunte Wright". At his funeral service today, she was overcome with emotion and cut short her tribute. A number of high-profile civil rights activists, as well as family and friends were expected to attend.

He was a talented basketball player and he particularly loved the Fourth of July, when he would celebrate with his family by lighting fireworks, the prayer card said.

They are all here; united in their grief and outrage. "The reality is there's a 20-year-old kid laying in that casket right now and it could have totally been avoided".

"He was so happy and so proud, and he said he couldn't wait to make his son proud".

Kelly Bryant arrived for nephew Daunte Wright's viewing this week to find the church guarded by a dozen members of the Minnesota Freedom Fighters, a Black militia armed with AR-15-style rifles.

Police said they stopped Mr Wright for having an expired tag on his vehicle licence plate, but then tried to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. His family members sat near the front of the church, wiping tears from their faces as an organist played gospel music.

Wright's killing occurred when a scuffle broke out as police tried to arrest Wright, after realizing he had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on charges of fleeing police and having a gun without a permit.

Potter, who is white, used a Glock 9-millimeter handgun to shoot Wright in apparent confusion after saying in the moments before shooting that she planned to use her Taser, police said.

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