Daunte Wright, 20, was shot and killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer during a traffic stop on Sunday afternoon.
In response, Senator Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Minneapolis, released the following statement:
“I offer my condolences to the family of Daunte Wright, who are grieving an enormous loss during this painful moment. No family should have to mourn the loss of a loved one as a result of a traffic stop. This grief is magnified by the fact that we all are reliving the terrible murder of George Floyd and all of the irrepressible emotions that come along with it during the trial of Derek Chauvin.
“I believe it is important for us to speak up and exercise our first amendment right by protesting against injustice through peaceful demonstrations. Additionally, it is important that our small businesses and communities remain safe and intact throughout all protests.
“Although our expressions of exasperation during this difficult time won’t bring back the life that was lost, we do ask that the community is patient as the investigation into the death of Daunte Wright moves forward. I expect full transparency from the state, county, and local officials who are tasked with investigating this incident that resulted in the terrible death of Daunte Wright on Sunday, April 11, 2021.”