US Mother of Daunte Wright's child grieves his fatherless future
Calls Mount For Daunte Wright Bodycam Footage to Be Released
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.
The mother of Daunte Wright's child expressed sadness and dismay Friday about how her 1-year-old son would grow up without his father, a Black manby a Minneapolis-area police officer.
Chyna Whitaker spoke at a news conference in Minnesota with her lawyer, Thomas Bowers, and her mother, Erica Whitaker, who held Daunte Wright Jr.
"I’m just really hurt for my son because he doesn’t have his father now," Chyna Whitaker said. "It’s kind of stressful on me. I really don’t want to do this by myself. I feel like I’m by myself.
"I just want my son to be taken care of," she continued. "I just hope that everything works out in the end."
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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.
The white officer who shot Wright, 20,, resigned Tuesday and was charged with second-degree manslaughter. Brooklyn Center police Chief Tim Gannon, who also resigned, told reporters he believed the officer meant to draw her Taser instead of her handgun.
Potter has not yet entered a plea, and her lawyer, Earl Gray, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Policeappeared to show Wright getting out of an SUV and then getting back in as officers tried to apprehend him.
Authorities saidwhen officers noticed another violation: an air freshener hanging from his rear-view mirror.
The recording captured a woman's voice shouting, "Taser!" before the 20-year-old was struck with a single round in his chest.
Joe Biden Says 'No Justification' For Looting, Violence Amid Unrest Over Daunte Wright Shooting
"Peaceful protest? Understandable," the president said.Wright, a Black man, died Sunday after he was shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb. Outrage quickly gripped the city in the wake of the shooting, with many gathering to hold peaceful protests against the police. However, many also turned to looting, vandalizing dozens of stores in Brooklyn Center and the surrounding areas.
"Holy s--- I just shot him," the same female voice is heard saying.
The vehicle pulled away but crashed nearby.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner classified Wright's death as a homicide.
The Minneapolis area has been the scene of nightly demonstrations since the Sunday night shooting and is bracing for the verdict in the, charged in the killing last year of George Floyd.
"I never thought like in a million years that this would happen," Chyna Whitaker said at the news conference. "Everything's all really just hitting me now."
Whitaker's mother said she was upset for her grandson.
"I’m angry and I’m hurt that he will not have his dad," Erika Whitaker said. "He will have pictures. He will have history. But he will not have his biological father, and no one can replace his biological father."
Bowers, the lawyer, did not address possible legal action, although other family members have separately retained civil rights lawyer. But Bowers said policing must change.
"America is bleeding right now," he said. "America’s sick. And it has been for a while. It appears as though this sore is festering and festering, over and over again. Because we keep having senseless acts of violence as it relates to young, African American males that are just trying to live in America."
Daunte Wright Lawyer Shares Video of White Man Beating Cop With 'Not One Taser or Gun in Sight' .
"This white man was resisting arrest, BEATING A COP with his own baton, and driving away in their police car," Ben Crump said.Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, officer Kim Potter, who worked for the police department for 26 years, during a traffic stop last Sunday. Body camera footage from the shooting suggests that Potter intended to deploy her Taser but instead fired her gun.