Ben & Jerry’s condemns fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright

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Ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s on Monday spoke out against the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop.

The company argued in a message posted to Twitter that the criminal justice system “can’t be reformed” while asserting the police shooting was “rooted in white supremacy.”

“The murder of #DaunteWright is rooted in white supremacy and results from the intentional criminalization of Black and Brown communities,” the tweet read.

“This system can’t be reformed,” the tweet continued. “It must be dismantled and a real system of public safety rebuilt from the ground up.#DefundThePolice.”

Authorities said Wright was shot by a Minnesota police officer who was attempting to arrest him on Sunday afternoon after she discovered he had an outstanding warrant.

Wright drove for a short distance after he was shot, then crashed his car and died at the scene.

The local police chief said he thought the officer believed she was using her Taser when she instead fired her weapon.

Ben & Jerry’s, a brand known for its progressive politics, has voiced support for racial justice activism in the past.

Last year, the company collaborated with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is known for his protests against racial injustice in America, to create a non-dairy frozen dessert that honored “activism in pursuit of racial justice.”

“We both care deeply about and focus much of our time and energy on advancing issues of social and racial justice. We both think ice cream creates joy and is a great way to bring people together,” the company said at the time.

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