Daunte Wright’s mother was arrested after recording a traffic stop: NPR

Katie Wright (center) stands with activist Toshira Garraway and her son, Damik Bryant, during a news conference Thursday outside a police station in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Katie Wright, Daunte Wright’s mother, said she was injured while she was briefly detained by one of the same department officers after she stopped to record a person’s arrest during a traffic stop.

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Katie Wright (center) stands with activist Toshira Garraway and her son, Damik Bryant, during a news conference Thursday outside a police station in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Katie Wright, Daunte Wright’s mother, said she was injured while she was briefly detained by one of the same department officers after she stopped to record a person’s arrest during a traffic stop.

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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — The mother of Daunte Wright, who was fatally shot by a suburban Minneapolis police officer, said she was injured while being briefly detained by one of the same department officers after stopping to record a person’s arrest during a traffic stop.

Katie Wright said Thursday that she was concerned about what officers at the Brooklyn Center might do to the person in handcuffs when she pulled over Wednesday night. In April 2021, her 20-year-old son, who was black, was killed during a traffic stop by Kim Potter, a white officer who said he mistook his gun for his Taser.

“All I was doing was my civic duty to stop and make sure those babies come home safe and sound to their families because I don’t want what happened to me to happen to any other family,” Wright said.

The Associated Press left a message Friday asking if the officer involved would face disciplinary action.

Brooklyn Center police released body camera video showing an officer crossing multiple lanes of traffic on Highway 252 and asking Wright for his driver’s license. Wright refused, telling the officer that she did not need to show him her license because she had not been stopped.

The officer then pulled her out of her vehicle, took her phone and placed it on the roof of her car before leading her out into a grassy median while holding her arm behind her back. Wright said the officer grabbed her so hard that she hurt her wrist.

Wright told him his name and said, “You guys killed my son. I’m going to videotape you,” pointing to the other officers. The officer told Wright that he would mail her a ticket and they both returned to their vehicles.

Brooklyn Center Police Union President Chuck Valleau praised the officer for what he called a “professional response and restraint during the incident.”

Along with the video, the Downtown Brooklyn police department released a statement saying the footage was released “in an effort to promote public safety and dispel rumors or widespread unrest.”

Potter shot Daunte Wright as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial was underway last year for the killing of George Floyd and tensions were high in the area. Wright’s death sparked several nights of protests at the Brooklyn Center and revived painful memories of the sometimes violent riots that erupted after Floyd’s death in May 2020.

Potter, who resigned after the shooting, was convicted in December of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced this year to two years in prison.

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