Daunte Wright's Family To Receive $3.25 Million For Deadly Police Shooting


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The Minnesota city where Daunte Wright, a Black man, was killed at the hands of police has agreed to pay his family over $3 million, CNN reports.

On Wednesday (June 22), attorneys announced the agreement reached with the city of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, which will, in part, award Wright's family $3.25 million. Along with the funds, the city agreed to implement changes to its police training and policies, the victim's family attorneys said in a statement.

"This settlement will not be finalized until agreement is also reached on substantial and meaningful non-monetary relief," the statement reads.

Per the agreement, the city is expected to change training on police intervention, implicit bias, and de-escalation as well as how to better help those with mental health problems.

The settlement comes over a year after Wright was shot and killed during a traffic stop by former Brooklyn Center cop Kim Potter.

On April 11, 2021, Potter pulled Wright over for an expired tag and illegal air freshener, according to police. Cops then found Wright had an outstanding warrant and attempted to arrest him.

During the arrest, Wright tried to drive off but was fatally shot by Potter, who claimed that she confused her gun for a taser.

In February, Potter was sentenced to two years in prison on first- and second-degree manslaughter charges.

The newly-announced settlement also includes a permanent memorial in Wright's honor to be built at the existing Daunte Wright Memorial, attorneys said.

Co-counsel Jeff Storms said in a statement, "There is no true justice for the Wrights because Daunte is never coming home." Storms added, "A guiding principle of our efforts was to strike a balance between holding Brooklyn Center accountable, while not undermining the financial stability of the city or limiting the services it provides."

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