Family, Friends, Community Lay Daunte Wright To Rest

When Daunte Wright’s life was remembered at Shiloh Temple in North Minneapolis, Governor Tim Walz, both U.S. Senators, Attorney General Keith Ellison, and his congresswoman Ilhan Omar looked on, Jason DeRusha reports (2:37). WCCO 4 News At 5 - April 22, 2021

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FRANK VASCELLARO: Just two days after one family saw accountability for the officer who killed George Floyd, another family saying their final goodbye to their son and brother, Daunte Wright. Within the last two hours, a service was held at Lakeville Cemetery for the 20-year-old shot and killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer. Her former chief believes Kim Potter meant to grab her taser, but instead pulled her gun. As Jason DeRusha reports, people came from around the world to celebrate Daunte Wright and to call for action.

MONICA WRIGHT: He was a brother, a jokester, and he was loved by so many.

JASON DERUSHA: A mother and father reminding us of their personal pain. Through music and art, Daunte Wright is clearly a symbol of something bigger. But yet--

BOBBY MCGEE: You know, this is just a travesty, and we just got to do better as people.

JASON DERUSHA: --he was Bobby's nephew, and Monica's brother.

MONICA WRIGHT: He didn't deserve this. He was so loved by everybody.

JASON DERUSHA: It is the second time in a year that civil rights attorney Ben Crump and Reverend Al Sharpton have talked at a Minnesota funeral, this time a 20-year-old who police pulled over for expired tags, who told his mom he was in trouble for his air freshener hanging from a rearview mirror.

AL SHARPTON: When we come today as the air fresheners for Minnesota, we're trying to get the stench of police brutality out of the atmosphere. We come to Minnesota as air fresheners because your air is too odorous for us to breathe. We can't breathe in your stinking air no more.

JASON DERUSHA: Solidarity from George Floyd's family, Philando Castile's mom Valerie comforting Katie Wright. Daunte Wright, also a father, leaves behind a two-year-old son.

MONICA WRIGHT: Junior was the joy of his life, and he lived for him every single day. And now, he's going to be able to see him.

JASON DERUSHA: From sadness, to anger, to action as Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and Senator Amy Klobuchar both called for Congress to pass a federal law that would crack down on bad policing.

AMY KLOBUCHAR: True justice is not done as long as your son isn't coming home for dinner.

AL SHARPTON: In the name of Daunte, we're going to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act as federal law. We are going to make it against the law all over this country to keep bringing us to funerals for our young princes.

JASON DERUSHA: In Minneapolis, Jason DeRusha, WCCO 4 News.