From NPR in 2021:
‘He Was A Prince’: Grief And Anger At Daunte Wright’s Funeral In Minneapolis
Updated April 22, 20212:59 PM ET
Mourners gathered Thursday in Minneapolis for the funeral of Daunte Wright, just two days after a jury there convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of the murder of George Floyd.
Wright was the 20-year-old Black man shot and killed by a police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minn., while resisting arrest during a traffic stop earlier this month. Officials characterized the shooting as “accidental,” saying the officer, Kim Potter, meant to use her Taser on Wright but mistakenly drew her handgun instead.
… Sharpton, who memorably eulogized Floyd last year, delivered a tribute Thursday, recalling someone remarking they’d not seen a funeral procession so large in Minneapolis since the death of Prince.
“I said, ‘Well, we came to bury the prince of Brooklyn Center,’ ” Sharpton said. “You thought he was just some kid with an air freshener. He was a prince. And all of Minneapolis today has stopped to honor the prince of Brooklyn Center.”
The reason for the traffic stop that ended in Wright’s death has been disputed.
According to Wright’s mother, whom Wright called for advice during the traffic stop as officers were reviewing his license and registration, her son told her they stopped him over an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror, which is a minor infraction in Minnesota. Officials said they stopped Wright over expired license registration tags.
Now, air fresheners have become a symbol of Wright’s death. Protesters have tied them to the fence erected outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department.
“We come today as the air fresheners for Minnesota. We trying to get the stench for police brutality out of the atmosphere. We trying to get the stench of racism out of the atmosphere,” Sharpton said. “We can’t breathe in your stinking air no more.”
… Sharpton and Benjamin Crump, the prominent civil rights attorney who is representing Wright’s family, called on Congress to pass the police reform bill bearing Floyd’s name as a row of Minnesota politicians, all Democrats, sat behind them onstage, including Gov. Tim Walz, state Attorney General Keith Ellison, Sens. Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar, and Rep. Ilhan Omar, whose district includes Brooklyn Center.
They wouldn’t get that many top Minnesota Democrats to show up for the joint funerals of Fran Tarkenton, the Coen Brothers, Garrison Keillor, Bob Dylan, and a risen-from-the-dead Norman Borlaug.
From local news WFIN in 2022:
Daunte Wright victim dies 18 months after suspected shooter killed in police-involved shooting, lawyer says
October 25, 2022
When former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in April 2021, the fleeing driver was wanted on an active firearms warrant, had pending armed robbery charges and had allegedly been involved in two other shootings.
The victim in one of those shootings, Caleb Livingston, died Sunday of complications stemming from a bullet wound to the head that left him permanently disabled.
Caleb Livingston was 16 years old in May 2019 when Wright allegedly shot him in the head at the Full Stop gas station on Lowry Avenue North in Minneapolis, according to court documents.
As a result, he was left permanently disabled – unable to walk, talk or take care of himself due to a condition called unresponsive wakefulness syndrome.
“It is clear Caleb’s tragic death was caused by the criminal conduct of Daunte Wright,” Mike Padden, the attorney handling a civil lawsuit on behalf of Livingston’s family, told Fox News Digital Monday. “As such, in the near future, we will be amending our complaint to note that the case is a matter of wrongful death as opposed to personal injury.”
… Seven months after the Livingston shooting, Osseo Police charged Wright in connection with an armed robbery in which he allegedly held a gun to a woman’s head and choked her. Those charges were pending at the time of his death on April 11, 2021, when police found he had a warrant in connection with another firearms case.
He had allegedly violated the terms of his release in the robbery case and was accused of waving a black handgun near a Minneapolis intersection before ditching it and fleeing on foot, eluding responding officers.
And in another posthumous lawsuit, a man named Joshua Hodges alleges that Wright was present when another man shot him in the leg – and the two stole his car.
Crump won a $3.2 million settlement for Wright’s “family,” which led to a spat between his mother and his baby mama. So various people claiming Wright shot them have been coming forward to get their own piece of the pie.
The legal team for Wright’s family, led by civil rights attorney Ben Crump, described the posthumous civil complaints as “character assassination.”
Not to be confused with “assassination assassination.”
As to who, exactly, shot Livingston and Hodges, well, I dunno.
But the point is, the late Mr. Wright, a robber, was wanted on a warrant for waving an illegal handgun before making his getaway, so the Brooklyn Center police were under an obligation to arrest him.
But, instead, that is now considered the Wrong Kind of Gun Control. The point of gun control is not to disarm dangerous criminals like Daunte Wright, but to express our distaste for law-abiding rednecks who want to buy rifles at Walmart.