Daunte Wright, 20, was shot and killed by a Brooklyn Center Police officer following a traffic stop yesterday afternoon.
In response, Senator Sandra Pappas, DFL-Saint Paul, released the following statement:
“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.
“I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Daunte Wright during this incredibly difficult time. As a mother, I extend my most profound sympathies to Katie Wright, the mother of Daunte Wright, who is enduring the unimaginable pain of losing her son.
“In spite of the fact that we have witnessed repeated acts of police brutality toward Black people in Minnesota, the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee has refused to give serious consideration to the police accountability and criminal justice reform measures proposed by members of the POCI caucus. Until the Chair of the Judiciary Committee takes seriously the harm caused by police brutality, we will continue to witness police violence against our BIPOC communities.”