Gamaliel stands in protest and mourning against the brutal death of Daunte Wright at the hands of police officers April 11. We stand with the Brooklyn Center, MN and Minneapolis/St. Paul communities as they cry out against this latest injustice and mourn the death of another senseless police shooting of a Black man.
It is not lost on us that like George Floyd, Daunte Wright died because of the knee jerk, violent reaction of a veteran police officer to a nonviolent situation. It is not lost on us that once again, we are asked to look upon these officers with compassion and a violent death as a simple mistake, as if our ability to see these perpetrators as human will restore the human life and dignity stolen from Daunte Wright and George Floyd.
Gamaliel will not accept the excuses offered by the Brooklyn Center Police Department and Minneapolis Police Department. We will not accept the continued and continuous police violence against Black and Brown people across the country.
We call for a thorough investigation into the death of Daunte Wright. We demand full accountability for the officers responsible for his death, and police reform throughout our country. We invite all people who are also disgusted by police violence join our Transformational Justice in Action team and work with us toward criminal justice reform.