Minneapolis will continue to mourn the death of Daunte Wright as he rests Thursday, the same week the city celebrated the guilty verdicts of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.
Wright, a 20-year-old black man, was shot dead on April 11 by an officer during a traffic stop in the suburb of Brooklyn Center, a few miles from where Floyd was killed in May of the year. last.
After being shot, he drove a short distance before colliding with another vehicle, police said at the time. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
His death sparked protests, as Floyd’s did last year.
On Tuesday, Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter of Floyd following a closely watched trial. The verdicts saw members of the Minneapolis community gather to celebrate on the city streets.
But a day after Chauvin’s conviction, mourners visited a church in Minneapolis for a public screening of Wright.
Friends and family were seen kissing and crying in front of his open casket, on the eve of his funeral.
Reverend Al Sharpton, who delivered Floyd’s eulogy at his funeral in Minneapolis last year, will praise Wright at the funeral.
It is scheduled to be held at the Shiloh Temple International Ministries Church and the service will begin at noon KST on Thursday, Reuters reports.
Family members of Wright and Ben Crump, a civil rights lawyer who represents both the Wright and Floyd families, will also speak at the funeral.
A spokesperson for Crump said some of Floyd’s family are expected to attend.
Crump spoke at the memorial on Wednesday, telling the Wright family, “You won’t fight alone. We will fight with you inside and outside the courtroom to make sure he there are responsibilities. “
Floyd’s brother Terrence Floyd and Sharpton were also among those who paid tribute at the Wright memorial on Wednesday.
“A day after celebrating Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict, Minneapolis resumes mourning for Daunte Wright,” Sharpton later said in a tweet.
Sharpton told The Associated Press that his eulogy on Thursday would first pay tribute to Wright, whom he described as “a young man just at the start of life, full of life.”
He said he would also remind people that the fight for racial justice did not end with Chauvin’s conviction.
“We shouldn’t think that just because we won a battle with Chauvin the war is over,” Sharpton said. “Or that if we don’t get justice for this case, we’ll undo what we were able to do with George Floyd. It’s the second round, and we have to win this round.”
Wright’s murder came at a time when the Minneapolis area was already at the forefront during Chauvin’s trial.
Wright, the father of a one-year-old son, was arrested at the Brooklyn Center on the afternoon of April 11.
Police said he was arrested because his vehicle had an expired registration. Her mother, Katie Wright, said he called her to tell her he had been arrested because of air fresheners hanging from her rearview mirror.
The shooting took place as officers attempted to take Wright into custody, after learning he had an outstanding arrest warrant. This was due to failing to appear in court for fleeing the police and holding a firearm without a license.
Next, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said body camera footage from the shooting indicated the white officer who shot Wright – Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the department – had taken his weapon for a Taser. “Taser! Taser! Taser!” You can hear him say it in the video, before firing a single shot.
Potter and Gannon resigned shortly after the shooting. Potter has been charged with second degree manslaughter.
The Hennepin County medical examiner said Wright’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to his chest.
Activists said Wright’s shooting demonstrated just how broken the police system in the country was.
“Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict does not correct an irremediable and racist police system rooted in white supremacy that will continue to work against and harm black people as intended. Minnesota police couldn’t even hold the trial for the duration of the trial without taking the life. another black person, and now we cry for Daunte Wright just as we continue to cry for George Floyd, ”said Karissa Lewis, national director of the Black Lives Movement, in a statement to Newsweek.
“The time has come for a complete reinvention of public safety in the United States, so that fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, children, siblings or loved ones are no longer lost in the hands of state violence. . “
Lewis added: “Our calls to cut police funding will continue to escalate with every police murder. We will not give up the fighting until black people and communities achieve justice and liberation. ‘they deserve.”