Yesterday evening, Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, died after being shot by police during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, later crashing his car several blocks away. Senator Ann Johnson Stewart released the following statement:
“My heart is heavy today as I think about Daunte Wright, his family, his friends, and the entire Black community who have to relive this trauma,” said Senator Ann Johnson Stewart. “The killing of Daunte Wright is not an isolated incident. Black Minnesotans are killed at the hands of police at alarming rates. This is a reflection of systemic problems inherent to our law enforcement and criminal justice system, and we simply are not doing enough as legislators to protect our Black community.
“Many of us are frustrated, scared, and angry over this continuous cycle of violence against Black Minnesotans. I see and support you, and will do everything in my power to create transformational change that protects you.”
The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health cannot be ignored. If you are in search of resources or professional help, please reach out to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota at (888) 626-4435, or visit http://www.namimn.org.