3.2 million dollars will be paid by a Sub-urban Minneapolis community to the family of Daunte Wright, a black man who was shot and killed by a police officer who said she mistakenly thought she was using her Taser instead of her gun.
According to a statement from the attroneys for Wright’s family, the settlement also involves modifications to police procedures and training in traffic stops like the one that led to Wright’s death.
Wright, 20-year old, was stopped for having expired registration plates in April, 2021 and was then shot once in the chest by Brooklyn Center officer, Kim Potter, who is white. The former police officer was later found guilty of first- and second- degree manslaughter and given a two-year prison term.
Prior to firing her pistol, Potter was seen on camera repeatedly saying “Taser”.
Wright’s family members “hope and believe the measures of change to policing, policies and training will create important improvements to the community in Daunte’s name,” said co-counsel Antonio M. Romanucci. “Nothing can bring him back, but the family hopes his legacy is a positive one and prevents any other family from enduring the type of grief they will live with for the rest of their lives.”
The Brooklyn Center City Council passed a number of reforms in response to the outcry over Wright’s murder, including the employment of social workers and other qualified experts to react to medical, mental health, and social needs calls without the need for police.
The modification also forbids police from making low-level arrests and mandate that the city employ unarmed people to deal with minor traffic infractions.
One of the largest police conduct settlements in Minneapolis was reached. The family of George Floyd received a $27 million settlememt from the city of Minneapolis last year.