Education Minnesota joins with Minnesotans calling for justice for Daunte Wright

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota. April 12, 2021 – A Brooklyn Center police officer shot and killed Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, on Sunday during a traffic stop, apparently when the officer accidentally fired a semi-automatic pistol instead of a Taser. 

Education Minnesota President Denise Specht issued the following statement in response:  

“The thoughts of educators all over Minnesota are with the family and friends of Daunte Wright today. His life mattered and his senseless death is a tragedy. For our students, the trauma of learning that another young Black man has been killed by law enforcement does not diminish because these deaths have become so horribly familiar.  

“We stand ready to help support our students and educators of color during this difficult time. And we’re here to join with all Minnesotans committed to finding justice for Daunte Wright and passing reforms to make sure his name is the last name on the list of Black men who were killed after a routine interaction with law enforcement.”

About Education Minnesota
Education Minnesota is the voice for professional educators and students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and education support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO.

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