BROOKLYN CENTER, MN – The family of Daunte Wright – who was shot and killed during a traffic stop while resisting arrest in 2021 – is set to receive $3.25 million from the city of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota in connection with his death.
The agreement between Wright’s family and the city has not yet been finalized, reports say, and is slated to also include an overhaul to police policies pertaining to traffic stops, bias training, and de-escalation, according to Wright’s parents, Katie and Arbuey Wright.
“We hope Black families, people of color, and all residents feel safer now in Brooklyn Center because of the changes the city must make to resolve our claims,” they said in a statement.
Wright, 20, was an alleged gang member and had a long and well-documented criminal history. He had been pulled over on April 11, 2021 for a traffic violation when Brooklyn Center Police officers discovered that he had an outstanding warrant in connection with a firearm that he had used to rob a woman who had allowed him and a friend to crash in her apartment for the evening.
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It was this arrest warrant that caused the officers to attempt to take him into custody; Wright was seen on police bodycam footage resisting and attempting to get back into his car to flee the scene.
At that time, Officer Kim Potter – a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center PD – accidently confused her firearm for her taser, and fatally shot Wright as he was actively resisting arrest. Potter, now 50, would later be found guilty of first and second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison.
In addition to Wright’s gunpoint robbery of the woman who allowed him to sleep over at her apartment, the youth has been painted as a violent repeat criminal by two civil lawsuits that have been filed against his estate that allege Wright shot and seriously wounded two individuals on separate occasions, including a 16 year-old boy and a former classmate.