Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Daunte Wright’s funeral ends on Thursday with tears and calls for law enforcement reform.
Wright, 20 years old, has died shoot of former Brooklyn central police officer, Kim Potter during a traffic stop on April 11.
Wright’s death came in a political climate that was caused by charges experiment of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.
But Katie Wright, Daunte’s mother, chose not to follow the reform calls as she shed tears when she remembered her son at Shiloh Temple Church in northern Minneapolis.
“My son should bury me,” she said.
“My son has a smile that is worth a million dollars. When he entered the room, he lit the room. He is a brother, a joker, he is loved by many people. He will miss it. “
Pastor Al Sharpton, who delivered Wright’s eulogy, called for reform.
Calling Wright “the prince of the Brooklyn Center”, he drew a direct line between Floyd’s dead Last May, an international movement sparked against police brutality and Wright’s killing.
“On behalf of Daunte, we will pass the ‘George Floyd Policy Act’ as federal law,” he said.
The act will terminate certain police activities, such as potentially lethal detectors, as well as improve police training and other measures.
It was passed by the House of Representatives in March, but has yet to see action in the Senate.
Chauvin’s conviction, condemnation, judgment on all three crimes – second and third degree murder and second degree manslaughter – have made some feel the change happening in America regarding police reform.
But in Minneapolis, local organizations and activists have told Al Jazeera they fear victory will make people “relax” in their fight against police brutality.
The scene outside the church was warm, with lots of media in attendance.
Margaret Morgan stood outside the church, holding a sign with Wright’s face on it as his funeral moved to Wright’s final resting place at Lakewood Cemetery in southwestern Minneapolis.
Morgan, a longtime resident of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and neighboring St Paul, told Al Jazeera that much more remains to be done.
She said Potter’s crime should be raised to murder. “There is no reason. You cannot be a veteran and also train other officers to do the job you have been doing and make such a rookie mistake ”.
Wright’s death, captured in Potter’s body camera footage, appears to show a 26-year office veteran mistaking her gun for a Taser.
She also pointed to the trials of Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, who faced charges of assisting and abetting Floyd’s murder and manslaughter.
All three had to convince the jury that they were not involved in any crimes, a difficult task after Chauvin was convicted.
Morgan expressed a lack of trust in the criminal justice system, citing her community’s “multi-generational” negative experiences with police throughout Twin Cities.
“I hope it doesn’t turn into a ‘A few good men’ situation, at the behest of the officer,” said Morgan, referring to the 1992 film where the US Marines were ordered to kill a fellow Marine Marines by a superior officer, and acquitted. murder.
“I think the right thing they have to do is admit their guilt. Please haggle a plea. We went through a lot with Chauvin’s trial, ”she said.