Ilhan Omar calls for police reform following Daunte Wright shooting
Daunte Wright’s funeral is scheduled to take place at 12pm CST (5pm GMT) at a church in Minneapolis, just less than two weeks after he was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop.
Mr Wright, an unarmed 20-year-old Black man and a father of a 2-year-old, was fatally shot by officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop last week, where authorities say she mistakenly fired her gun thinking it was her Taser. She has since resigned and been charged with manslaughter.
The killing sparked protests in Minneapolis as it came amid the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted on Tuesday of murdering unarmed Black man George Floyd last May.
Further protests have been seen in the US this week following the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, who was killed by police after lunging at two people with a knife on Tuesday.
Following protests on outside of the Columbus police headquarters on Tuesday, around 100 demonstrators then took to the streets of the city on Wednesday, with many chanting: “Say her name. Ma’Khia Bryant.”
Some protesters held signs reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Power to the People” as hundreds of Ohio State students held a sit-in at the institution’s union building asking for it to cut ties with the local police force.
Mr Wright’s funeral will take place less than 48 hours after Chauvin’s guilty verdict, and the eulogy will be delivered by the Rev Al Sharpton, a civil rights icon.
Mr Sharpton, who also performed the eulogy at Floyd’s funeral last year, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he will pay tribute to Mr Wright on Thursday as “a young man just at the beginning of life, full of life.”
He added: “We should not think that, because we won one battle with Chauvin, the war is over. Or that if we do not get justice for this case, that we will undo what we were able to do with George Floyd. This is round two, and we must win this round.”
Read The Independent’s updates and analysis below.
Hundreds of mourners attend Daunte Wright public viewing
Hundreds of mourners visited Shiloh Temple in Minneapolis on Wednesday to view Daunte Wright’s body while it lay in a white, open casket that was covered in red roses.
During the public viewing on Wednesday, a slideshow played on repeat showing images of Mr Wright growing up, as family members wept while viewing his body.
The public viewing came one day before Mr Wright’s funeral and was attended by both family members and the public.
James Crump22 April 2021 12:00
Daunte Wright funeral in Minneapolis to take place not even a year after George Floyd’s killing
Last June, civil rights leader Rev Al Sharpton delivered a eulogy for George Floyd before a packed university auditorium in Minneapolis, describing the connection between one Black man’s death in police custody that May and the long struggle for equality.
Now, not even a year later, Mr Sharpton will be eulogising another unarmed Black man killed by police in the Minneapolis area: 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who now-former officer Kimberly Potter shot during a traffic stop on 11 April in the suburb of Brooklyn Centre.
The funeral will take place on Thursday at Shiloh Temple in north Minneapolis at 12pm CST (5pm GMT).
Read Josh Marcus’ full report here:
James Crump22 April 2021 11:30
Welcome toThe Independent’s rolling coverage of Daunte Wright’s funeral in Minneapolis, which will feature a eulogy delivered by Rev Al Sharpton.
James Crump22 April 2021 11:21