Dr. Jamal Braynt, like many others, is outraged about the recent death of Duate Wright on Sunday at the hands of the police.
On April 11, now former police officer, Kim Porter (48), shot and killed Wright (20) claiming it was an accident. Porter pulled Wright over for having expired tags and allegedly for air fresheners. During the stop, the police discovered Wright had an outstanding warrant and attempted to arrest him. When Wright tried to jump back into his car Porter shot him with her gun.
Since the incident, countless people have protested against the Minnesota Officer, demanding justice for Wright. Bryant, the lead pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, joined in by expressing his outrage.
Bryant posted to Instagram a video of people passionately protesting against police officers.
“Black people are tired and traumatized with aggressive, militarized practices,” wrote Bryant Last night #dauntewright was murdered 20 miles away from where #georgefloyd was killed. The police chief just announced it was an accident because the officer thought it was a taser not a gun! What you see in this video is not barbaric it’s human agony and frustration. The entire system must be overhauled.”
In another post he said, “We gotta police the police…There are far 2 many cases in this country of pain inflicted by hands paid for protect. The police in 2 many instances are committing domestic terrorism. #blacklivesmatter is more than a slogan or an organization … it’s a reminder!”
Ironically, George Floyd’s girlfriend was Wright’s teacher in high school. Floyd was another black man killed by a Minnesota police officer in May of 2020, causing national, and international protests.
“The craziest thing is to find out today that my family has connections to [Floyd], to this family. His girlfriend was a teacher for my nephew,” Naisha Wright, Daunte’s aunt, said during a press conference.”
Porter, who resigned, has been charged with 2nd Degree Manslaughter for the shooting of Wright. The 26-year police veteran claims she thought her gun was a taser. In the bodycam footage you can hear her screaming, “Oh sh*t, I just shot him.”
During a press conference with ABC7, Wright’s mother, Kaite Wright revealed she was on the phone with her son right before he was shot.
“He called and said he just got pulled over by the police,” an emotional Katie stated. “I never imagined this was what was going to happen. I just thought maybe he was being arrested, and when I called back, the girl that he had in the car answered the phone, and it was on Facetime. She was crying and screaming and said that ‘They shot him.”’