On Sunday (April 11), a 20-year-old Black man by the name of Daunte Wright was shot and killed in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota by police during a traffic stop. According to ABC News, the young man was shot after getting back into his car and trying to drive away from the scene. Daunte would later crash his car into another vehicle a few blocks away, and be pronounced died shortly after.
News reporter Chris Hrapsky for Kare 11, which is a news outlet in Minneapolis, said that Daunte’s mother, Katie Wright, a white woman, revealed to the press exactly why her son was pulled over before he was fatally shot. “The mother of Daunte Wright says the 20-year-old called her when he was pulled over by Brooklyn Center police about 1:40 p.m,” the journalist tweeted hours after the incident. “He told her police pulled him over for air fresheners hanging in the mirror, she told reporters.” ABC News would add that cops later learned that Daunte allegedly had an outstanding warrant.
Angered by the 20-year-old’s life that was taken by cops, a protest soon broke out at the scene with hundreds of protesters demanding justice for the death that many deemed wasn’t necessary. Brooklyn Center police would respond by showing up to the protest in riot gear.
“The officer shooting in Brooklyn Center today is tragic. We are asking the protesters to continue to be peaceful and that peaceful protesters are not dealt with force,” Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott later said on Twitter.
Katie would also admit that she heard a cop tell Daunte to “put the phone down and get out of the car” before he was shot. After he hung up, his girlfriend, who was in the passenger seat of the car, would soon call her crying and showing Daunte’s lifeless body in the driver’s seat.
Watch her speak about that below.
Brookyn Center is about nine miles away from Minneapolis, where Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd is currently taking place.