Mere miles from where George Floyd died, another Black man has been killed by police.

Just 10 miles from the courtroom of George Floyd's trial and nine miles from where he died, Minnesota police have killed another Black man. 

His name is Daunte Wright. He was on his way to visit his older brother when he was fatally shot during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, a city in Minnesota that is just north of Minneapolis. 

Just before 2pm on Sunday afternoon, the 20-year-old called his mother, Katie Wright, to say he had been pulled over. He told his mother it was because he had air fresheners hanging from the rearview mirror. Brooklyn Center Police Department says it was because of a traffic violation related to expired registration tags.

"I heard the police officer come to the window and say, 'Put the phone down and get out of the car,' and Daunte said, 'Why?' And he said, 'We'll explain to you when you get out of the car,'" Katie Wright told CNN's KARE.

His mother then heard a scuffle, before the phone line went dead.

"A minute later, I called and his girlfriend answered, who was the passenger in the car, and said that he'd been shot... and my son was laying there lifeless."

Daunte Wright was killed on Sunday afternoon. Image: CNN.

A graphic body camera video, released by Brooklyn Center Police Department, tells us what happened in between those phone calls. 


Upon pulling Daunte Wright over, officers discover he has a warrant for his arrest - something his older brother, Damik Bryant, has since told CNN he believes Wright did not know.

The 20-year-old gets out of his car but as the police attempt to detain him, he re-enters the vehicle and engages in a brief struggle with officers.

An officer, whose name is yet to be released, aims a weapon at the Black man and shouts, "Taser! Taser! Taser!" 

She then fires the weapon. It is a gun - not a taser. 

“Holy shit!” the officer shouts. “I just shot him.”

The car then pulls away and travels for several blocks before it strikes another vehicle. Wright is pronounced dead at the scene. His girlfriend suffers non life-threatening injuries.

Tim Gannon, Chief of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, said the shooting was an accident and that the officer who fired the gun has since been put on administrative leave. 

Hundreds of people gathered late on Sunday outside the police headquarters in Brooklyn Center to protest police brutality and to demand justice for Wright.

Whilst many protesters remained peaceful, others vandalised police cars and were later confronted by officers in riot gear who used rubber bullets to disperse protesters.

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot announced on Twitter that amid the tension, he was issuing a curfew until 6am. 


The unrest comes as the murder trial of Derek Chauvin - the white police officer who held down his knee to George Floyd's neck as the Black man grasped for air - enters its third week. The death of George Floyd triggered protests across America and abroad last year as millions marched against the systemic injustice Black citizens experience at the hands of authorities.

George Floyd died last May at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis. Image: Facebook.

In the wake of Daunte Wright's death, President of the United States Joe Biden has said accountability needs to be assured through an investigation into the incident.

"It is really a tragic thing that happened but I think we've got to wait and see what the investigation shows," Biden told reporters at the White House.

"In the meantime, I want to make it clear again: there is absolutely no justification - none - for looting, no justification for violence. Peaceful protests - understandable."

Biden added he was thinking about Wright and his family - "and the pain, anger and trauma that Black America experiences every day".

Feature image: CNN.