White House ‘incredibly saddened’ over shooting death of Daunte Wright in Minneapolis suburbApril 12, 2021
WASHINGTON – The Biden administration said Monday it is “incredibly saddened” over the death of a 20-year-old Black man who was shot by police during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb on Sunday.
“We were incredibly saddened to hear about the loss of life the hands of law enforcement in Minnesota yesterday,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.
The shooting of Daunte Wright in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center sparked protests and “is a reminder of the pain, the anger, the trauma, the exhaustion that many communities across the country have felt as we see these incidents continue to occur,” Psaki said.
President Joe Biden has been briefed on the shooting and will deliver remarks on Monday afternoon, Psaki said.
Demonstrators chant around a chalk circle that says Justice for Daunte Wright on April 11, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (Photo: Stephen Maturen, Getty Images)
Psaki said the Biden administration has been in touch with Gov. Tim Walz, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott and other local law enforcement officials.
Wright’s death comes as Minneapolis, 10 miles south, was on edge in the middle of the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who faces murder charges in the death of George Floyd last May.
A woman who identified herself as Wright’s mother, according to a Facebook Live video, said her son was pulled over because of air fresheners hanging in his rearview mirror. Police in Brooklyn Center said in a statement the driver they pulled over had an outstanding warrant and got back into the vehicle when they tried to take him into custody.
Michael Collins covers the White House. Follow him on Twitter @mcollinsNEWS.
Contributing: Ryan W. Miller, Elinor Aspegren and Eric Ferkenhoff.
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