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‘Your Tags of Police Brutality Have Expired’: Daunte Wright Funeral Calls for Change in Policing
The funeral for Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop, was held in Minneapolis on Thursday. He was honored as the “Prince of Brooklyn Center” in a service that focused on police brutality against Black Americans.
"You thought he was just a kid with an air freshener,” said Rev. Al Sharpton, who delivered the main eulogy. “He was a prince."
Brooklyn Center Police detained Wright during a traffic stop on April 11 because of what they said was an expired registration. Wright’s mother said that Wright called her while he was pulled over, and said police stopped him because there were air fresheners hanging in his rearview mirror.
After officers handcuffed Wright for an alleged outstanding warrant, Wright climbed back into his car. That’s when Kim Potter, a 26-year police department veteran, shouted “Taser,” before firing her gun and killing Wright. Potter was charged with second-degree manslaughter a few days later.
Sharpton used the language involved in Wright’s traffic stop—an alleged expired registration— to call out police brutality in the U.S.
“I come to Minnesota to tell you, your tags have expired,” Sharpton said. “Your tags of racism have expired, your tags of police brutality have expired, your tags of white supremacy have expired, your tags of looking at us different than everyone else have expired. Your tags have expired.”
At Thursday’s funeral service, organ music crescendoed throughout and softened when Wright’s family shared their grief. The family reiterated Wright’s joyous attitude and “contagious” laugh.
“My son should be burying me,” said his mother, Katie Wright, as she cried onstage. “He was a brother, a jokester. He was loved by so many, he’s going to be so missed.”
Prominent Minnesota politicians including Ilhan Omar, Tim Walz, and Amy Klobuchar also spoke.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act was brought to the forefront by Sen. Klobuchaur as well as Sharpton, and all speakers at the funeral dealt with police brutality head on, with speaker after speaker highlighting the spate of high-profile police killings that have happened in just the last few weeks.
“We know that this tragedy is connected to the deep and systemic racism in our society that Black People in Minnesota and across this country face every single day,” Governor Walz said, reading a state proclamation. “While nothing will bring Daunte Wright back to this loved ones, we must continue to enact real, meaningful change at the local, state, and national levels to fight systemic racism.”