Gov. Walz calls for a moment of silence for Daunte Wright

Courtesy of Katie Wright Daunte Wright (with 1-year-old son) was shot and killed by Brooklyn Center police during a traffic stop.

Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer, will be laid to rest on Thursday at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in North Minneapolis.

Members of the family of George Floyd and local and national leaders are set to attend the funeral as the world mourns another young Black man killed by the police. Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights attorney Ben Crump, and members of Wright’s family are set to deliver special remarks and reflections.

Gov. Tim Walz issued a proclamation Thursday morning asking Minnesotans to spend two minutes in silence to honor Daunte Wright from 12:00 – 12:02 pm to mark the start of his funeral service.

“Daunte Wright was beloved by his family, neighbors, and community, and had his entire young life ahead of him. We mourn the loss of Daunte Wright, and as a state, we offer our deepest condolences to the Wright family,” reads the proclamation issued by Governor Walz. 

“We know that this tragedy is connected to the deep, systemic racism in our society that Black people in Minnesota and across the country face every single day. While nothing can bring Daunte Wright back to his loved ones, we must continue to work to enact real, meaningful change at the local, state, and national levels to fight systemic racism so that every person in Minnesota – Black, Indigenous, Brown, or White – can be safe and thrive.

We must be steadfast in our accountability to change from the top to the bottom, and not rest until we create a different future for Daunte Wright’s son, and every other child like him.”

Wright was killed on Sunday, April 11 after a Brooklyn Center police officer shot him with a handgun at a traffic stop, setting off a week of protests and unrest in the city and surrounding areas. The officer resigned from her position and has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Shiloh Temple International Ministries is located at 1201 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411. You can watch the service live here: https://fb.watch/51qD1MHx9y/

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