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Daunte Wright Police Killing: Family Reaches $3.2M Settlement With City Of Brooklyn Center

Daunte Wright Police Killing Family Reaches $3.2M Settlement With City Of Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Center has struck a $3.2 million settlement with the family of Daunte Wright, a Black man who was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop in April of last year.

Attorneys for Wright’s family said the city has also committed to implementing improvements in police procedures and training for traffic stops like the one that resulted in Wright’s death, in addition to the monetary portion of the tentative settlement, The Associated Press reported.

Wright, 20, was shot and killed by former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter as he tried to flee arrest after being stopped for driving with invalid registration plates. After the event, Potter, a White woman, said she accidentally discharged her Taser rather than her gun. Potter can be seen repeatedly shouting “Taser” in a video of the shooting before she fires her weapon.

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In the end, Potter, a 26-year veteran, was found guilty of killing Wright in February. She was convicted of first- and second-degree manslaughter and given a two-prison sentence.

Wright’s families “hope and think the measures of change to policing, policy, and training will bring substantial improvements to the neighborhood in Daunte’s name,” co-counsel Antonio M. Romanucci stated in response to the settlement.

Nothing can bring him back, but his family hopes his legacy will be positive and spare another family the kind of anguish they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives, according to Romanucci.

Protests were held in the city after Wright’s death. The tragic event took place as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was on trial for the murder of George Floyd, a time of unrest in the city. The court was also only a few miles from the scene of Wright’s shooting death, according to The Associated Press.

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A variety of improvements, including mandating that social workers and other trained professionals attend to specific calls rather than the police, are said to have been passed as a result of the Black man’s death by the Brooklyn Center City Council. These include calls for medical, psychological, and social needs.

Additionally, the city must deploy unarmed civilians to deal with minor traffic infractions and the police are prohibited from making low-level arrests.

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