Former American President Barack Obama (2009-2017) assured this Tuesday that the US must “reinvent” its police practices, after the young African-American Daunte Wright was shot dead during a police check this weekend in Brooklyn Center (Minnesota).
Obama considered in a statement that the fact that this death occurred when Minneapolis is harboring the judgment of Derek Chauvin, a white police officer accused of killing another African American, George Floyd, indicates “not only how important it is to carry out a full and transparent investigation, but also how serious” it is necessary to “reinvent police practices and public safety in this country”.
“Michelle and I mourn with the Wright family for their loss. We identify with the pain Black mothers, fathers, and children feel after another senseless tragedy,” added the former president.
On Sunday, during a traffic control in Brooklyn Center, a white agent allegedly shot “accidentally” at Wright, 20 years old, according to the version of the local police.
According to the police department, the police officer wanted to use a stun gun known as a taser to immobilize Wright, but he got confused and fired his firearm at the young African American.
Regarding the reason for the traffic stop, he explained that the vehicle was intercepted because it did not have some papers in order, after which they asked for identification from Wright and then they realized that he had an arrest warrant pending for not having appeared in court for the crimes of illegal possession of a weapon and resistance to authority.
Then, when trying to stop him, he resisted, tried to get back into his vehicle and the police shot him.
The incident happened when the nerves are on the surface in Minneapolis, who is anxiously awaiting the outcome of the trial against Chauvin, one of the four police officers charged in Floyd’s murder last year, which sparked a wave of racial protests across the country.
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