Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights attorney Ben Crump and Daunte Wright’s family members will all speak at the service.
MINNEAPOLIS — Daunte Wright, whose name has become familiar across the world in recent days, is being honored and remembered at a memorial service Thursday in Minneapolis.
Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy for Wright, who was shot and killed by former Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop on April 11. The shooting happened during the last days of the trial for Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murder Tuesday in the 2020 death of George Floyd.
Ben Crump, the attorney who represents both the Floyd and the Wright families, will give remarks at the funeral. Wright’s family members will also speak.
The service began at noon CT at Shiloh Temple International Ministries, at 1201 West Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis. Attendance will be limited, but Wednesday the family invited the community to a public viewing to pay their respects to Wright.
Several local and national leaders attended the funeral including Gov. Tim Walz, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Tina Smith, Rep. Ilhan Omar and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. The family of George Floyd was also present.
Walz invited residents to join him in a two-minute moment of silence to honor Wright’s life, starting at noon Thursday.
“Nothing can bring Daunte back to his loved ones,” Walz said in a statement on Twitter. “But we will continue working to enact meaningful, lasting police accountability and reform.”
Wright was a father, brother, son and grandson. His older brother described him at a vigil soon after his death, “Everybody who knows Daunte knows what type of kid he is. He would give you the shirt off his back.”
Kim Potter and the Brooklyn Center police chief both resigned after the shooting. Potter is charged with second-degree manslaughter in Wright’s death. If convicted her presumptive sentence would be four years according to Minnesota sentencing guidelines, although the statutory maximum is 10.
Katie Wright, Daunte’s mother, has spoken publicly several times since his death. She said she wants a more serious charge for Potter, but does not believe she will ever see justice.
“Second-degree manslaughter is not OK,” she said. “I’m not OK with that. That’s not right. She murdered my son.”
Wright’s death prompted several days in a row of protests outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department headquarters.
Rev. Al Sharpton also delivered the eulogy at George Floyd’s Minneapolis memorial service nearly a year ago. “You changed the world, George,” Sharpton said during that address.
The conviction for Derek Chauvin marks the first time a white officer in Minnesota has been found guilty of murdering a Black civilian. Crump, who now represents Daunte Wright’s family, represented Floyd’s family when they won a record $27 million settlement from the city of Minneapolis.