The family of a Black motorist shot and killed by police spoke at a news conference Tuesday flanked by their lawyer and a members of George Floyd’s family.
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Katie Wright, the mother of Daunte Wright, fought back tears as she described the last moments she spoke to her son as he was pulled over on Sunday.
“He called and said he just got pulled over by police and then he said that, um, I said ‘Well, why did you get pulled over?’ He said ‘because I had air fresheners hanging in the rear view mirror.’ I said ‘OK, well take them down.’ He said he also, police officers were asking about insurance and I said ‘OK, when the police officer comes back to the window put him on the phone and I can give him all our insurance information,’ ” Wright said, surrounded by family.
Katie Wright when on to describe hearing scuffling during the phone call.
Officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon both resigned two days after the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center. Potter, a 26-year veteran, had been on administrative leave following Sunday’s shooting, which happened as the Minneapolis area was already on edge over the trial of the first of four police officers in George Floyd’s death.
Wright family attorney Ben Crump said police could have given Wright a ticket at the scene.
“It was intentional they stopped him. It was intentional they used the most force. They could have gave him a ticket. That’s what they do in traffic citations. It reminds you of George Floyd. That was a misdemeanor. They could have gave him a ticket for that, but when it’s Black people in America they engage in the most use of force and it ends up with deadly consequences,” Crump said.