MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 47) — On Thursday, hundreds of people gathered at the Shiloh Temple International Ministries for the funeral of Daunte Wright.
Wright was killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer on April 11. The officer, Kim Potter, said she accidentally discharged her gun and meant to fire her taser instead.
“The roles should completely be reversed. My son should be burying me,” said Katie Wright, Daunte’s mother. “When he walked in the room he lit up the room. He was a brother, a jokester. He was loved by so many.”
“Words can’t even explain how I feel right now,” said Arbuey Wright, Daunte’s father. “That was my son.”
Daunte’s uncle along with his siblings spoke about the love they had for him.
His sister Monica said she wished she could have told him she loved him before he died.
“He didn’t deserve this. He was so loved by everybody,” she said.
Daunte is also survived by his two-year-old son, Daunte Wright Jr.
“He was going to make an amazing father to junior, once junior got older throughout the years. And I loved my little brother to death,” said Dallas Bryant, Daunte’s brother.
Those in attendance included the families of George Floyd, Jamar Clark and Philando Castile. Also there was the boyfriend of Breonna Taylor.
All represented Black people who died by police hands.
An artist also painted a portrait of Daunte.
Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton gave the eulogy.
“They said they saw some air fresheners in the back of his car. Air fresheners is to keep the bad odors out. We come today as the air fresheners of Minnesota. We’re trying to get the stench of police brutality out of the atmosphere,” Sharpton said.
Gov. Tim Walz, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Tina Smith and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar were in attendance.
Omar presented the Daunte’s parents with a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol in Daunte’s honor.
Walz gave his condolences to the family and read of a proclamation he presented to Daunte’s family.
“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.”
Sharpton told the attendees that God will take care of Daunte and that a new day is coming.
“They said that well the real reason they stopped [him] was because his tags had expired. Well, I come to Minnesota to tell you. Your tags have expired. Your tags of racism has expired. Your tags of police brutality has expired. Your tags of white supremacy has expired. Your tags of looking at us differently than everybody else has expired,” Sharpton said.
Civil Rights Attorney, Bill Crump also spoke at the funeral. He led attendees in a chant that said, “Daunte Wright’s life mattered.”
Crump along with Klobuachr talked about the importance of the George Floyd Policing Act.
“It is time for Washington, D.C. to move forward on police reform and pass the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act. We must make policing more accountable. We have to change police training and standards, including banning chokeholds,” Klobuchar said.
Wright will be buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.