Barack Obama Says Daunte Wright’s Killing Is ‘Reminder of Just How Badly’ U.S. Needs to Reimagine Policing

Barack Obama said Tuesday he and wife Michelle Obama were grieving for Daunte Wright’s family and that the latest high-profile killing of a Black man is another reminder policing in the U.S. needs to be reimagined.

Wright, 20, was fatally shot by a Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer on Sunday afternoon during a traffic stop. That officer, a department veteran, has since been placed on leave.

Wright’s death came as the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd last May, was entering its third week.

The shooting re-sparked nationwide outcry as well as calls for police reform and local demonstrations against police brutality. (The Associated Press reported 13 arrests were made in the area on Tuesday, for burglaries and curfew violations, while photos shows several stores were damaged. Local officials called for protests to remain nonviolent.)
“Our hearts are heavy over yet another shooting of a Black man, Daunte Wright, at the hands of police,” Obama, 59, wrote in a statement Tuesday.

The former president wrote on Twitter that he believes it is “important to conduct a full and transparent investigation,” but that Wright’s death “is also a reminder of just how badly we need to reimagine policing and public safety in this country.”

“We empathize with the pain that Black mothers, fathers, and children are feeling after yet another senseless tragedy,” Obama continued.

He added that he and his family “will continue to work with all fair-minded Americans to confront historical inequities and bring about nationwide changes that are so long overdue.”

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