US White House 'incredibly saddened' over shooting death of Daunte Wright in Minneapolis suburb
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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.
WASHINGTON – The Biden administration said Monday it is “incredibly saddened” over the death ofwho was shot by police during a traffic stop in a suburb on Sunday.
“We were incredibly saddened to hear about the loss of life the hands of law enforcement in Minnesota yesterday,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.
The shooting of Daunte Wright in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center sparked protests and “is a reminder of the pain, the anger, the trauma, the exhaustion that many communities across the country have felt as we see these incidents continue to occur,” Psaki said.
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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.
President Joe Biden has been briefed on the shooting and will deliver remarks on Monday afternoon, Psaki said.
Psaki said the Biden administration has been in touch with Gov. Tim Walz, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott and other local law enforcement officials.
Wright's death comes as Minneapolis, 10 miles south, was on edge in the middle of the trial of former police officer, who faces murder charges in the death of George Floyd last May.
A woman who identified herself as Wright's mother, according to a Facebook Live video, said her son was pulled over because of air fresheners hanging in his rearview mirror. Police in Brooklyn Centerthe driver they pulled over had an outstanding warrant and got back into the vehicle when they tried to take him into custody.
Michael Collins covers the White House. Follow him on Twitter @mcollinsNEWS.
Contributing: Ryan W. Miller, Elinor Aspegren and Eric Ferkenhoff.
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What we know about the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright .
Here's what we know about the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright by a Brooklyn Center police officer. Kim Potter, 48, meant to deploy her Taser instead of her gun when she fatally shot Wright in his car, according to then-Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon. Two days after the incident, both she and Gannon resigned, and Potter has since been charged with second-degree manslaughter.