Daunte Wright Memorial Event Planned Sunday, Road Closure Scheduled
A Daunte Wright family memorial event is planned for Sunday, July 4, in Brooklyn Center. The event will result in a neighborhood road closure.
The memorial site is located at 63rd Avenue North and Kathrene Drive. According to Brooklyn Center police, 63rd Avenue will be blocked off between Noble and Major avenues. The closure starts at 10 a.m. Sunday and lasts that day until 11 p.m. The actual event is expected to run from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Detour signs will be posted.
Wright was shot and killed April 11 by former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter. Bodycam video captured the incident and the moments leading up to the shooting.
Police had ordered Wright out of a vehicle during a traffic stop. Officers then tried to handcuff Wright. The bodycam video shows Wright attempting to evade arrest and drive off. That’s when officer Potter yelled “Taser!” before firing her service weapon. Former Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said he believed Potter intended to use her Taser, during a press conference after the shooting. Potter could be heard shouting an expletive after she shot Wright.
Potter is charged with second-degree manslaughter and is scheduled to go on trial Dec. 6.