Murder of Daunte Wright a Call to Action to End Police Violence
“Shattering. Horrifying. Brutal. Unending. Unjust. Unacceptable. Devastating.
“There comes a point when no words can capture our sorrow and our rage, as police violence takes Black life, after Black life, after Black life. Daunte Wright is only the latest – a young man, a father, a son, a person with his whole life ahead of him. That Wright was murdered just miles from where police brutally murdered George Floyd only underscores how pervasive police violence against people of color is in our country. That Wright was murdered during the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin only compounds our trauma and our pain.
“Black people have been demanding accountability for police killings for generations. We are tired of seeing those whose lives were taken indicted, instead of justice served. We don't deserve to be the constant victims of gratuitous racial violence. We deserve to live and breath in a world where skittles, air fresheners, toys, cell phones or sleeping in your bed or opening your front door does not make you a criminal or someone whose life can be taken with no recourse or accountability.
“After the murder of Philando Castille, the state of Minnesota poured $12 million into police training but it did not save George Floyd and it did not save Daunte Wright. If we are committed to creating a world where Black Lives Matter, we must have real police accountability. We must shift resources so we invest in communities rather than extracting resources to criminalize them. The scourge of police violence must end.”
-Statement of Beatriz Beckford, National Director, Youth & Family Justice, MomsRising
“Police violence must end. The deadly mix of white supremacy and police terror must be stopped. This state-sanctioned violence tears at the fabric of our society. It cannot continue. Only when there is real accountability, when we begin to imagine safety beyond policing, will there be real change.
“The days when police can act with impunity and violate the rights and take the lives of Black and Brown people must end. America’s moms want our country to reimagine public safety, overhaul our criminal justice systems, and hold police fully accountable for every life they take or harm. Only when that happens will we have the just and healthy communities our children and families deserve.”
-Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO, MomsRising