Story at a glance
- Daunte Wright was killed by a Minnesota police officer on Sunday.
- The officer, Kim Porter, said she thought she was discharging her Taser.
- A former Minneapolis police officer is currently on trial for George Floyd’s murder.
A further connection was found between the families of George Floyd and Daunte Wright, two Black men who died by the hands of Minnesota police. Floyd’s girlfriend Courteney Ross once taught Wright while he attended Edison High School.
“The craziest thing is to find out today that my family has connections to [Floyd], to this family. His girlfriend was a teacher for my nephew," Naisha Wright, Daunte’s aunt, said during a press conference.
Ross confirmed this to the Washington Post. “It’s almost too much,” she said.
Wright, 20, was killed on Sunday by Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop. A 26-year police veteran, Potter claimed she meant to fire her Taser to stop an unarmed Wright as he struggled with the police but accidentally discharged her gun, shooting him in the chest instead.
In the police video, Potter can be heard saying, “Taser! Taser! Taser!” before she discharges her gun, then saying, “Holy s---, I shot him.”
The killing occurred as former police officer Derek Chauvin stands trial for the murder of Floyd only a few miles away. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest as he said he couldn’t breathe.
“I’m full of sorrow,” Ross said. “We are constantly doing our disservice to our children. It’s so unfair.”
Potter has beeen charged with second-degree manslaughter.
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