The city of Brooklyn Center has come to a financial agreement with the family of Daunte Wright and will look to pay $3.2M in a proposed settlement. However, as of Wednesday (June 22), the settlement has not been finalized. Daunte Wright’s family is awaiting an agreement from the Minnesota city to change police policies and training as the final step of the proposed settlement.
According to NBC News, the family’s lawyers expressed they expect to see changes made to traffic stops “as well as training on implicit bias, de-escalation, and weapons confusion.”
While the family has been set on getting justice for the unlawful slaying of Wright, their lawyer stated they want to make sure other people of color benefit from the settlement as well.
“We hope Black families, people of color, and all residents feel safer now in Brooklyn Center because of the changes the city must make to resolve our claims,” Wright’s parents, Katie and Arbuey Wright declared in a statement.
Daunte Wright unjustly had his life taken away when former officer Kim Potter fatally shot him, during a traffic stop on April 11, 2021. Cops initially pulled Wright over for driving with expired tags and a car freshener hanging from his rear view mirror. Potter and another officer attempted to arrest the young man, but Potter, who reached for her gun instead of her taser, shot and killed Wright in the process. He was 20 years old.
In the aftermath, Potter, 50, was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter in December 2021 and sentenced to two years in prison in February 2022.