On Sunday, April 11, 2021, Daunte Wright was killed by Brooklyn Center police. In response to this devastating event, Senators Isaacson, Wiklund, Johnson Stewart, Eaton, Pappas, Putnam, Dziedzic, Dibble, Carlson, Port, Murphy, Klein, McEwen, Kent, Cwodzinski, Wiger, and Marty release the following statement in support of the Minnesota Senate’s People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus members:
In wake of Daunte Wright death, Senate DFLers call for passage of further police accountability and criminal justice reforms
Following the police killing of Daunte Wright, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka announced that the Senate Judiciary and Transportation Committees would host “fact finding” public safety hearings in the next two weeks. Despite promising to discuss additional public safety, criminal justice, and police accountability measures following the passage of initial reforms last July, these hearings will be the first to discuss public safety issues in the 2021 Legislative Session.
The American Rescue Plan, which was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Biden, provided more than $500 million in federal housing assistance to help renters and homeowners in Minnesota who are enduring financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am deeply saddened by the tragic killing of Daunte Wright that took place yesterday at the hands of the Brooklyn Center Police. Members of the community are still grappling with the impact of the killing of George Floyd, only to be re-traumatized by yet another police killing of an unarmed Black man.
The women of the Senate DFL gathered today virtually to rally for Minnesota to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The federal Equal Rights Amendment was originally written in 1923 and finally passed by Congress in 1972. Minnesota ratified the ERA one year later in 1973. After nearly 100 years, the ERA bill was passed in the Minnesota House in 2019, but did not make it past the Republican-controlled Senate.