A suburban Minneapolis metropolis has agreed to pay $3.2 million to the household of Daunte Wright, a Black man who was fatally shot by a police officer who mentioned she confused her gun for her Taser.
The settlement additionally consists of adjustments in police insurance policies and coaching involving visitors stops just like the one which resulted in Wright’s dying, in line with a press release from attorneys representing Wright’s household.
Wright was shot as soon as within the chest by Brooklyn Middle Officer Kim Potter, who’s white, after the 20-year-old was stopped for expired registration tags in April 2021. The previous officer was subsequently convicted of first- and second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 2 years in jail.
Potter was heard on video yelling “Taser” a number of occasions simply earlier than she fires her pistol.
Wright’s relations “hope and imagine the measures of change to policing, insurance policies and coaching will create essential enhancements to the neighborhood in Daunte’s title,” mentioned co-counsel Antonio M. Romanucci. “Nothing can convey him again, however the household hopes his legacy is a optimistic one and prevents every other household from enduring the kind of grief they’ll reside with for the remainder of their lives.”
The outrage from Wright’s dying led the Brooklyn Middle Metropolis Council to move a collection of reforms, together with the usage of social staff and different skilled professionals to reply to medical, psychological well being, and social-needs calls that don’t require police.
The adjustments additionally prohibit police from making arrests for low-level offenses and require town to make use of unarmed civilians to deal with minor visitors violations.
The settlement is without doubt one of the largest involving police conduct Minnesota. Final 12 months, town of Minneapolis agreed to pay $27 million to George Floyd’s household.
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