The Death of Daunte Wright

Daunte Wright was a devoted dad and son.

Daunte Wright was a devoted dad and son.

Valerie Diaz-Ruiz, Editor

On April 11th, 2021 yet another African-American male was fatally shot by law enforcement. As this is not the first time an African- American’s life has been wrongly taken by law enforcement it leads some to believe that the homicide was racially motivated.

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dante Wright was initially pulled over for having an expired license plate, but ended up being shot once by one of the three police officers who had pulled him over. 

Describing the incident Ryan W. Miller for USA Today wrote “The body camera footage released during a news conference shows two other officers approaching Wright’s car and the officer who fired the shot standing behind them.

As the officer on the driver side of the vehicle began to handcuff Wright, he broke free, a struggle ensued, and Wright jumped back into the driver’s seat. An officer threatened to tase him, shouting, “Taser!” at least three times before shooting Wright, then saying, ‘Oh (expletive), I just shot him.’” 

Miller also wrote that in defense of the police officer who shot Dante Wright the Chief of Police said “‘It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet…’” 

As normally the lawful response to an expired license plate is a ticket, not a death sentence many were left angered and have rallied against law enforcement to see that Dante Wright receives due justice. In light of his death it was also found that not only was he a son but he was also a father to a baby boy.

People have protested against his death and have even raised money to help support the mother and child that Dante has left behind. 

In a CNN article, Dante Wright’s parents said “The explanation that Wright was killed accidentally gives zero comfort to his family. ‘I cannot accept that. I lost my son. He’s never coming back,’ Wright’s father Aubrey Wright told ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Tuesday. ‘I can’t accept that … mistake. That doesn’t even sound right. You know, this officer has been on the force for 26-plus years. I can’t accept that.’ The case is being investigated by an independent agency, and it’s not clear if Potter will be charged. Katie Wright said she ‘would like to see justice served and her held accountable for everything she’s taken from us.’” 

CNN also wrote an update of the investigation and said “But Imran Ali, a prosecutor in Orput’s office, has said prosecutors intend ‘to prove that Officer Potter abrogated her responsibility to protect the public when she used her firearm rather than her Taser.’ ‘Her action caused the unlawful killing of Mr. Wright and she must be held accountable,’ Ali said in a news release. Potter, who resigned as a Brooklyn Center police officer this week, was arrested and charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Wright died of a gunshot wound and that his death was a homicide.’” 

Hopefully Dante’s family can receive the justice they deserve as they have received massive support from the media. Rest in peace Dante Wright!