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Police Officers Kill Another Black Man in Minnesota During a Traffic Stop Just 10 Miles Away From Downtown Minneapolis Hearing Derek Chauvin Trial

Scott Roberts, Senior Director of Criminal Justice and Democracy Campaigns at Color Of Change, issued this statement following the police murder of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota


"Over the weekend, we saw another case of deadly force in Minnesota where Brooklyn Center police officers shot and killed a young Black man during a traffic stop. As the nation mourns the loss of Daunte Wright, we stand with his family, Brooklyn Center community, and activists to protest yet another injustice.

"In Minnesota, the Twin Cities, and across the country, we see time and time again that, worse than failing to keep Black people safe, they regularly kill Black people without the expectation of recourse. Already the police chief is protecting a murderer, wanting us to accept that this murder was an accident without any accountability for the clearly racist attack on an innocent Black man. However, enough is enough; Right now, Color Of Change is calling for the Brooklyn Center Police Chief to fire the officers and to release the bodycam footage of the officers involved immediately. In the long term, we're calling for policy changes that directly address systemic injustices and the double-standard that protects the police over the victim.

"Daunte was murdered just 10 miles away from Downtown Minneapolis, where Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, is currently on trial for the murder of George Floyd. Once again, a minor infraction presenting no threat to public safety has ended in a senseless murder at the hands of Minnesota police. The only way to protect Black lives is by reimagining how we provide safety and security in communities."

Color Of Change is the nation's largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over one million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.