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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The parade of Minneapolis police officers rejecting a former officer’s actions in restraining George Floyd continued at his murder trial, including a use-of-force instructor who said officers were coached to “stay away from the neck when possible.” Lt. Johnny Mercil on Tuesday became the latest member of the Minneapolis force to take the stand as part of an effort by prosecutors to dismantle the argument that Derek Chauvin was doing what he was trained to do when he put his knee on George Floyd’s neck last May.
An aunt of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man fatally shot by police in Minnesota during a traffic stop, revealed a connection between her family and George Floyd on Tuesday.
Wright's aunt, Naisha Wright, said during a press conference that a former girlfriend of Floyd had also been her nephew's teacher at one point.
She made the remark during a press conference held by attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing both the Floyd and Wright families.
Naisha Wright, wearing a T-shirt designed with a photo of Floyd, pointed to the shirt while discussing the two families' ties.
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The police shooting of Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, has set off protests in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center.Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, died after officers pulled him over for a traffic violation in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis, on Sunday afternoon.
"I wear this shirt and the craziest thing is to find out today that my family has connections to this man, to this family. His girlfriend was the teacher for my nephew," she said, gesturing to the shirt, which read the word "justice" below the bottom of Floyd's picture.
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The Hill has reached out to Crump's team for comment.
Sunday's police shooting in the Minneapolis suburb has added fuel to a nationwide discussion around police treatment of Black Americans, even as the country awaits a verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over Floyd's death.
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Twenty-year-old Wright died after he was shot by an officer during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. The incident has sparked severe unrest late into Sunday night amid heightened tensions in the city as the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer charged in the death of George Floyd continues.Daunte Wright's mother, Katie Wright, spoke to reporters on Sunday afternoon and said that her son called her when police had pulled him over for having air fresheners dangling from his rear-view mirror.
Chauvin was charged with murdering Floyd after the former officer was recorded kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest last year. Floyd's death sparked months of continued protests against police brutality and racial inequality across the country.
Protests have begun to break out in parts of the country following the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minn., on Sunday. The city isfrom where Chauvin's trial is taking place in Minneapolis.
Police said that during the traffic stop on Sunday that led to Wright's death, the officer who fatally shot the 20-year-oldwas deploying her Taser but instead fired her service weapon.
Kim Potter, the officer police identified as the person who shot Wright,his death, saying in a statement Tuesday that she felt the decision was "in the best interest of the community, the department, and to my fellow officers."
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The Texas senator told Fox News that Democrats want to "encourage this kind of lawlessness," as protests continued in Minnesota.His comments came during a third night of unrest outside Brooklyn Center police station in Minnesota, where people protesting the death of the 20-year-old were dispersed by pepper spray and flash bombs by National Guardsman and local law enforcement, CNN reported.