Daunte Wright's family calls for 'highest accountability' for ex-officer
MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - Members of Daunte Wright's family stood alongside their attorney Thursday afternoon calling for accountability and the conviction of the former officer charged in Wright's death.
Ex-Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter is charged with second-degree manslaughter after she fatally shooting Wright at a traffic stop on Sunday afternoon. Body camera video shows she shouted, "Taser, Taser, Taser," and fired her handgun instead of her Taser. Wright died at the scene.
"See a gun, a Taser–a Glock 17 and a Taser," said civil rights attorney Ben Crump while holding corresponding photos. "So it’s very difficult to accept this is an accident when you have veteran who has been on the police force for 26 years."
Crump expressed frustration, comparing the manslaughter charge to former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor who was convicted with third-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Justine Damond. Charges in Potter's case can be amended by the state.
"All this family is striving for is to get full accountability to get equal justice," said Crump. "Nothing more or nothing less."
While Potter has been charged, the Wright family says nothing will bring back their loved one.
"I do want accountability like my sister said - the highest accountability," said Katie Wright, Daunte's mother. "But even when that happens, if that happens we are still going to bury our son. We're still never going to see our baby boy that we’re never going to have again. When people say justice I just shake my head."
Daunte Wright funeral arrangements
Crump said following the press conference, the Wright family would be going to the funeral home to make arrangements for Daunte. Crump confirmed the funeral would be held next Thursday at noon at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis.
Wednesday, Rev. Al Sharpton announced his organization, the National Action Network, will cover Wright's funeral costs. Sharpton will also give a eulogy at the upcoming service.