Published by The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on 12th April 2021
During the George Floyd trial, another black man was killed by a police officer in Minnesota. On Sunday 11th April, Dante Wright was pulled over by a police officer for a traffic violation. His girlfriend was in the car with him. During this encounter, the officer learnt that Dwight had a withstanding warrant for a non-felony. The officer attempted to arrest Wright and there was a scuffle and the officer shot Dante Wright. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
This incident, which took place near the location that George Floyd was murdered, provoked protests in Minnesota from Sunday night to Monday morning. These protests have led to violent altercations between protestors and law enforcement.
Katie Wright, Dante’s mother, spoke to protesters, stating “All the violence, if it keeps going it’s only going to be about the violence. We need it to be about why my son got shot for no reason.”
Dante’s mother shared that she was on the phone with her son and heard the entire incident. She states that her son was asked to exit his car by an officer who did not give a reason why he was being arrested. She heard a physical struggle and then the sound of a gunshot.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have stated that there should be an immediate independent investigation by an outside agency for this case.