"Our community here in Brooklyn Center, and my district and our state and our country, is asking for us to take a leap of faith to say the current policing system that we have is not doing anything to protect and serve. And so, what will it take for us to have a system where we are all protected by? And what does it take for us to have the resources in our communities that would essentially provide the safety that we all need? I am constantly appalled by the fact that it is easy, it is easy for municipalities, for the state, for the federal government to readily come up with resources to police and brutalize people."
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar joined Brooklyn Center, Minnesota Mayor Mike Elliot, who along community members, spoke out about the Daunte Wright shooting, and others, Tuesday.
Black community leaders and family members of Daunte Wright are calling for more serious charges against the white police officer in his death.
Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting of Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop.
The former police chief in Brooklyn Center, a majority nonwhite suburb, said Potter mistakenly fired her handgun when she meant to use her Taser. Both the chief and Potter resigned.
The killing set off days of protests and unrest in the city, as civil rights activists and thousands of demonstrators demanded justice and police accountability.
The suburb's police station is now barricaded behind concrete barriers and tall metal fencing, and is being watched over by police in riot gear and National Guard soldiers with armored vehicles and assault rifles.
After Wright was killed, his family learned of a connection between him and George Floyd, the Black man whose death after being pinned to the ground by Minneapolis police officer nearly a year ago sparked nationwide protests.
Floyd's girlfriend, Courteney Ross, said she worked with Wright while he was a student at Edison High.