Vice President Kamala Harris stated Tuesday that Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Black man shot and killed by police outdoors Minneapolis earlier this week, “should be alive today.”
Harris opened her remarks at a White House event on Black maternal mortality by addressing Wright’s household, saying that she and President Joe Biden “grieve with you” and “stand with you.”
“Our nation needs justice and healing. And law enforcement must be held to the highest standards of accountability,” the vice chairman stated. “We know that folks will keep dying if we don’t fully address racial injustice and inequities in our country — from implicit bias to broken systems.”
Wright was shot and killed by a police officer throughout a site visitors cease in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday. Police stated veteran officer Kimberly Potter, who’s white, meant to make use of her stun gun. Wright’s dad and mom stated they “can’t accept” that clarification. “A mistake? That doesn’t sound right. This officer has been on the force for 26 years,” Wright’s father stated Tuesday.
People have protested in Minnesota and past because the capturing, expressing outrage over police repeatedly utilizing extreme pressure towards Black individuals. Derek Chauvin, the previous officer who killed George Floyd, one other unarmed Black man, in Minneapolis final yr, is presently on trial there for homicide.
At the occasion Tuesday, Harris linked the identical racial injustices and inequities that result in police killing Black individuals to how Black girls undergo larger charges of loss of life in being pregnant and childbirth.
“Make no mistake: Black women in our country are facing a maternal health crisis,” Harris stated, noting that Black girls are three times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related points.
“We know the primary reasons why: systemic racial inequities and implicit bias,” stated the vice chairman, who has lengthy been an advocate for Black maternal well being. Harris relayed how Black girls have repeatedly shared their tales of experiencing postpartum melancholy and being “dismissed” or telling medical doctors they’re in ache and being “ignored.”
“Black women deserve to be heard, their voices deserve to be respected,” Harris stated. “And like all people they must be treated with dignity.”
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