Brooklyn Center, Minn. ( Associated Press) — Dante Wright’s mother, She was fatally shot by a Minneapolis suburban police officer who said she was injured while stopping during a traffic stop to register her arrest by one of the officers in the same department. was taken into custody.
Katie Wright She said Thursday that she was concerned about what Brooklyn Center officials might do to the man when he was handcuffed on Wednesday night. In April 2021, his 20-year-old son, who was black, was killed during a traffic stop by Kim Potter, after a white officer said he had confused his handgun for his Taser,
“All I was doing was my civic duty to make sure those kids find safe homes for their families because I don’t want what happened to me to happen to any other family,” Wright said. “
The Associated Press left a message Friday asking whether the officer involved would face discipline.
Brooklyn Center Police released a bodycam video showing an officer crossing multiple lanes of traffic on Highway 252 and asking Wright for his driver’s license. Wright refused, telling the officer he didn’t need to show his license because he wasn’t pulled over.
Then the officer pulled him out of his vehicle, took his phone and put it on the roof of his car and led him to the middle of the grass with his hand behind his back. Wright said the officer grabbed her so hard that she injured her wrist.
Wright told the officer his name and said, “You guys killed my son. I’m going to videotape him, pointing to the police. The officer told Wright he’d send him a ticket in the mail and Both returned to their vehicles.
Chuck Valleau, president of the Brooklyn Center Police Union, praised the officer for what he called “professional response and restraint during the incident.”
Along with the video, the Brooklyn Center Police Department issued a statement saying the footage was released “in an effort to promote public safety and to dispel widespread rumor or unrest.”
Potter didn’t shoot right when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin George Floyd’s murder trial underway And the tension in the area was very high. Wright’s death sparked protests at Brooklyn Center for several nights and revived painful memories of the sometimes violent unrest that erupted after Floyd’s death in May 2020.
Potter, who resigned after the shooting, was convicted of murder in December and sentenced this year Up to two years in prison.