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Minneapolis mourns Daunte Wright after Chauvin’s verdict

Minneapolis mourns Daunte Wright after Chauvin's verdict

Kelly Bryant arrived on a visit from her nephew Daunte Wright this week to find the church guarded by a dozen members of the Minnesota Freedom Fighters, a black militia armed with AR-15-style rifles.

It was just a day after a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of a black man, George Floyd, 46, last May. The city was still tense as it prepared for Wright’s funeral on Thursday. The 20-year-old black father was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop on April 11 in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis.

A first review by the department found that the officer who shot Wright – Kim Potter – a 26-year veteran of the police force who has since resigned, traded his gun for a Taser. Potter was charged with second degree manslaughter.

The graphic camera video of the police body released after the shooting sparked protests outside the police department and demands that Potter be charged with murder. Last week officers in riot gear used tear gas and wooden batons in clashes with protesters. The mayor of Brooklyn Center issued a curfew for the city of some 30,000 residents, but lifted it late Wednesday after several quiet nights.

Rev. Al Sharpton speaks to family and community members at Daunte Wright’s public viewing service.

(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

Bryant, 41, assistant gas station manager in Hudson, Wis., Acknowledged the support of the family, especially his sister Katie Wright, Daunte Wright’s mother.

“They’ve been by Katie’s side all this time. This means a lot to us, “Bryant said after witnessing Wright’s vision on Wednesday.” I felt safe walking in here. “

But she added: “I’ve never been to a funeral with AR-15.”

Bryant and other relatives wore T-shirts with a picture of Wright and his namesake 1 year old son saying “Justice for Daunte”.

“We want justice, however [Potter] be held accountable, “Bryant’s friend Christal Luellen, 40, said as she stood with Bryant in the lobby of Shiloh Temple International Ministries in northern Minneapolis, where her funeral was set for noon on Thursday.

Family and community members participate in Daunte Wright's public viewing service.

Family and community members participate in Daunte Wright’s public viewing service.

(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

“We definitely hope he stays calm,” said Luellen.

Wright’s parents and other relatives paraded past her open white coffin adorned with red roses at the start of Wednesday’s vision.

Then members of the public were allowed to pass.

A visitor brought a bouquet of multicolored flowers. Another hugged Wright’s mother. Many accepted handkerchiefs from a chaplain and dabbed their eyes.

“He became the son of America,” family attorney Benjamin Crump told the crowd of about 100, then addressed the Wrights: “You won’t fight alone. We will fight with you in and out of the courtroom.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton and Attorney Benjamin Crump

Rev. Al Sharpton, center right, and attorney Benjamin Crump, center left, join family and community members during Wednesday’s public viewing for Daunte Wright in Minneapolis.

(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

Rev. Al Sharpton, who praised Floyd last year and plans to deliver the eulogy at Wright’s funeral, said Chauvin’s guilty verdict doesn’t leave Minnesota off the hook.

“Minnesota has no right to talk about what they have done well until they do it well,” he said. “Don’t tell us what you did for George Floyd and ignore what happened to Daunte Wright.”

“They are an interracial family who believe in harmony and love,” said Sharpton of the Wrights.

Wright’s father, Aubrey Wright, nodded and clapped.

When police arrested Daunte Wright earlier this month for the expired tags, he had a misdemeanor warrant pending over the March allegations that he owned a gun without permission and escaped from a police officer. Sharpton said Wright’s record was irrelevant.

“Don’t put Daunte on trial,” he said, when Potter is the one facing the charges. “He shot him. He didn’t shoot anyone. “

Wright’s aunt agreed. “Daunte was not an angel. We all said it. But he was also young enough to get his life on the right track, ”Bryant said – if he lived.

He said he contacted the mother of Ma’Khia Bryant, the 16-year-old black girl with no relatives who was shot to death by police on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.

“We have to put the spotlight on all these cops. We have to hold each of them accountable, ”said her friend Luellen.

Bryant added: “Otherwise it will happen to someone else’s children.”

Katie Wright, mother of Daunte Wright, center, at her children's funeral.

Katie Wright, the mother of Daunte, center, at her children’s funeral.

(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)