MINNEAPOLIS, MN – In the aftermath of the officer-involved shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, the Minneapolis City Council is reportedly making moves to disarm officers tasked with traffic enforcement.
The general schematics known thus far regarding the city council’s efforts in the matter would essentially see a traffic enforcement division that would be separate from the Minneapolis Police Department.
— Professore di storia 67 (@Multa_paucis67) April 18, 2021
A vote was reportedly held on April 16th by the Minneapolis City Council, that voted unanimously for the creation of what has been dubbed as the “Traffic Safety Division”, which would be a separate entity from the Minneapolis Police Department.
This vote by the city council came mere days after the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, who was reportedly shot by Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter.
Prior to the fatal shooting, Wright was reportedly pulled over by police for allegedly having expired registration tags. During the traffic stop, it was discovered that Wright had an outstanding warrant and officers were attempting to place him into custody.
A struggle ensued between officers trying to place the suspect into custody, with recently released bodycam footage showing that Wright had made his way back into his vehicle and was attempting to flee from arresting officers.
🤡🌍: The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously on Friday to create a Traffic Safety Division, a traffic enforcement unit which would be separate from the city's police and would be unarmed. https://t.co/0SKnPfUKoH
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) April 18, 2021
While this was ongoing, Officer Potter had unholstered her duty weapon while saying the word “taser” several times before firing her weapon.
Based upon the known details of the case, police officials described the incident as being “an accidental discharge”.
Officer Potter was arrested in connection with the incident and was charged with second-degree manslaughter, which said charge in question is one used in instances where someone’s actions led to an unintentional/accidental death of another person.
Minneapolis City Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham drafted a staff direction memorandum that outlined the goals of what this unarmed Traffic Safety Division would aim to accomplish, which reads as follows:
- Maximize the traffic safety benefits of traffic enforcement
- Eliminate racial disparities in traffic enforcement
- Educate the public on safe driving behaviors and traffic laws
- Earn the trust of communities who have been harmed by previous traffic enforcement practices
Councilmember Cunningham took to Facebook to share this document, noting that he was “thrilled to share,” the work related to the creation of these unarmed traffic safety enforcers:
“I am thrilled to share that we have officially launched work to create a new Traffic Safety Division at the City of Minneapolis through the unanimous passing of a staff direction I brought forward at our City Council meeting this morning.
There has been work I have been deeply involved with over the last few years related to reestablishing and reimagining traffic enforcement. It is now necessary to consolidate these different threads of work and move in the direction of meaningful action.
We urgently need traffic safety in our community. We also need for increasing traffic safety to not come at a great cost of harm to our neighbors in the process. This issue is very complex, but it is surmountable.”
From what the staff direction document shared by Councilman Cunningham reads, the Office of Performance and Innovation will have to inform the Public Health and Safety Committee what the timeline will look like to craft this new division by the end of the second quarter of 2021.
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We at Law Enforcement Today have previously reported on details related to Wright’s history with the criminal justice system prior to the fatal April 11th incident.
Here’s that previous report.
MINNEAPOLIS, MI – Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old man shot and killed by a police officer in Brooklyn Center on Sunday afternoon, had an open warrant for his arrest related to an armed robbery when he was killed, according to court records.
Update: #DuanteWright was arrested by police in the fatal encounter over a warrant for aggravated robbery. The #BLM martyr choked a woman repeatedly & held her at gunpoint in late 2019. Wright's mother said her son was killed because of an air freshener. https://t.co/XbJMiFYgEd pic.twitter.com/DZz2Q0nPTR
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 13, 2021
Wright and another man were charged with first-degree attempted aggravated robbery in December 2019. The men allegedly attempted to steal $820 from a woman at gunpoint, according to documents obtained from the Hennepin County District Court.
Wright was shot by police in the suburb of Minneapolis around 1:50 p.m. after being pulled over for having an expired license plate on his vehicle. Police learned of the warrant during a records check and attempted to place him in custody.
Some gaps in early Daunte Wright coverage. Police apparently stopped him for expired tag. Not unusual. But what was warrant? Apparently for Dec 2019 aggravated robbery. Released on $100k bail, bail revoked after alleged gun possession. Warrant issued. https://t.co/Fm5JAZYeqy
— Byron York (@ByronYork) April 14, 2021
Wright struggled with officers and re-entered his vehicle. Officer Kim Potter intended to fire her Taser to stop Wright, according to police and video of the incident, but accidentally drew her firearm instead. She fired one shot. Wright drove a short distance before crashing his vehicle into another vehicle. He died reportedly from the gunshot wound a short time later.
— Abby Simons (@AJillSimons) April 12, 2021
According to court documents, on December 1, 2019, Osseo police responded to an apartment in the 600 block of North Oaks Drive for a report of an assault and robbery.
The female victim reported that she was at her apartment the previous night with her female roommate and two males, who stayed over “to party.” The men were identified as Emajay Maurice Driver, 20, and Daunte Wright.
At approximately 2:30 a.m., the victim told the two men to get a ride home, but they could not find a ride, so they stayed at the apartment sleeping on the floor.
Daunte Wright faced attempted robbery case when killed by cop, allegedly choked woman and held her at gunpoint https://t.co/Grx8WRMUll
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) April 14, 2021
In the morning, the victim’s roommate left to obtain $850 to pay the victim for rent. The roommate then left for work, leaving the victim with the two men. The men called for rides, and while waiting, told the victim they were going to look for someone to rob.
The men’s ride arrived, and the three walked to the door. Wright allegedly turned around and blocked the door with his body. Wright pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at the victim demanding the rent money.
Dante Wright was not being arrested for any air freshner-He was stopped b/c of expired registration & then being arrested b/c of warrant-
Wright was due to face trial on a charge of attempted aggravated robbery – with a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison- pic.twitter.com/bulwGSaXob
— Blanche Victoria (@tammytabby) April 14, 2021
The victim reacted by saying, “Are you serious?”
“Give me the fucking money. I know you have it. I’m not playing around.”
The victim had the money hidden inside her bra. Wright placed his hand around the victim’s neck and choked her while trying to pull the money out from under her bra. The victim kept shouting at Wright that he needed to get out of her apartment “because the cops are close.”
Justice system is responsible. No punishment, no accountability, leads to more crime.. He would be behind bars and ALIVE if the corrupt leftist woke justice system hadn’t failed him. Just my view. https://t.co/yS5TCV9sQF
— JAYE 🌟🌟🌟 (@Jaye_inUSA) April 14, 2021
Wright told the victim he would shoot her and said:
“Give me the money and we will leave. Give me the money and we will go.”
Wright then tried choking the victim again and tried to take the money. The other man, Driver, told Wright to leave with him, and they fled in a white Cadillac without obtaining the money.
Wright was later arrested and released on $100,000 bail. He then violated his bail conditions in July when he failed to report to his court monitor. According to reports, he was also found in possession of a gun at some point after his arrest, also a violation of his bail conditions.
Interestingly, we posted about Daunte Wright back in 2019 after he was arrested twice in a week on charges of Aggravated Robbery, Narcotics, Trespassing and another warrant.https://t.co/5fxBiRC87G#DaunteWright pic.twitter.com/9rLkM8Vvuh
— CrimeWatchMpls (@CrimeWatchMpls) April 12, 2021
Wright was also arrested previously on a drug possession charge and a trespass charge. Details of those arrests were not immediately available.
Then-Police Chief Tim Gannon, who resigned Tuesday along with former Officer Potter, said no weapons were found in Wright’s vehicle following the shooting. Potter could be charged in the case as early as today.
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