Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison introduced Friday that he’ll lead the prosecution in opposition to the previous police officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center in April.
“Daunte Wright was a son, a brother, a father, a friend. When he died, he was only 20 years old. He had his whole life ahead of him,” Ellison stated of Wright, who was Black, in a news release.
The legal professional common referred to as Wright’s killing “a tragedy,” saying, “He should not have died on the day that he did. He should not have died the way that he did.”
Wright was shot and killed by former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter throughout a visitors cease. Police stated the veteran officer, who’s white, meant to make use of her stun gun. Wright’s mother and father stated they “cannot accept” that rationalization.
Wright’s demise was adopted by widespread protests calling for justice.
Potter, who resigned days after the taking pictures, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. She is set to face trial in December.
Ellison was the lead prosecutor within the trial in opposition to Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd, a Black father, in May 2020 by kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes. Chauvin was discovered responsible on all prices final month.
Ellison, who was elected to the state legal professional common submit in 2018, has a historical past as a civil rights activist, and has labored particularly on police accountability points. He was beforehand a public curiosity legal professional, state lawmaker and member of Congress.
In taking up the lead prosecution within the Wright case, Ellison famous that it got here from a request from the Hennepin County legal professional’s workplace and he does “not accept it lightly.”
He warned that regardless of the profitable prosecution of Chauvin, “no one … should expect this case will be easy to prosecute.”
“History shows that this case, like all cases of officer-involved deaths by deadly force, will be difficult,” Ellison stated, whereas expressing hope that “we will break the cycle of history and establish a new standard for justice.”
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