For the fourth day, the whole world is watching what is happening in Brooklyn Center. Many are visiting the place where Daunte Wright was shot and killed as a place for mourning, reports Reg Chapman (1:59). WCCO 4 News - April 14, 2021
- For the fourth day, the whole world is watching what is happening in Brooklyn Center.
- Many are visiting the place where Dante Wright died as a place for mourning, reflection, and hope. We saw a steady flow of Brooklyn Center residents making their way to the Memorial today. As Reg Chapman reports, most came with sorrow in their hearts, but all had accountability on their minds.
REG CHAPMAN: Another intersection decorated with flowers, stuffed animals, and candles.
CARLOS SYKES: A firm reminder of the times we're in.
REG CHAPMAN: This time, that reminder sits in the heart of Brooklyn Center.
CARLOS SYKES: Since it's close to home, and also a loss of life, something that could have been easily averted, I feel like.
REG CHAPMAN: Carlos Sykes fights to find words to express his feelings. He is not alone.
LYNN ZIRKLE: I came here to honor.
REG CHAPMAN: Grief almost paralyzes their thoughts, but something inside forces them here.
TERRY WALKER: Sitting back and watching the same thing happen over and over again? It's like I can't do that anymore. I've got to do something.
REG CHAPMAN: Whether bringing flowers or saying a prayer, these mourners felt compelled to honor the life lost here. Word that the former officer who shot and killed Dante Wright has been arrested and charged with second degree manslaughter brought about a similar response from all we spoke with.
CARLOS SYKES: Accountability is everything. If he was wrong, he was wrong. If she's wrong, she's wrong. I mean, you don't really get too many chances to make these kind of mistakes in life because there's a lot that goes behind it.
LYNN ZIRKLE: I feel that we are all accountable for all of our actions.
REG CHAPMAN: Accountability is a start, they say, but more is needed.
LYNN ZIRKLE: Be the change. Be the change. And I'm here for the change.
REG CHAPMAN: Reg Chapman, WCCO, Four News.
- Reg spoke to other people that are hoping for a peaceful night and those who want to see a change in the way that police handle protesters as well. One request was to keep tear gas and projectiles away from people who live near the police station.