Obama on Daunte Wright: We need to reimagine policing

Obama on Daunte Wright: We need to reimagine policing
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Former President Obama on Tuesday called for “a full and transparent investigation” into the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright and for the U.S. to “reimagine policing.”

“Our hearts are heavy over yet another shooting of a Black man, Daunte Wright, at the hands of police. It’s important to conduct a full and transparent investigation, but this is also a reminder of just how badly we need to reimagine policing and public safety in this country,” Obama said in a statement.

“Michelle and I grieve alongside the Wright family for their loss. We empathize with the pain that Black mothers, fathers, and children are feeling after yet another senseless tragedy,” Obama continued. “And we will continue to work with all fair-minded Americans to confront historical inequities and bring about nationwide changes that are so long overdue.”


President BidenJoe BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart MORE gave a somewhat more measured response on Monday saying, "I think we've got to wait and see what the investigation shows."

"But in the meantime, I want to make it clear again: There is absolutely no justification, none, for looting. No justification for violence; peaceful protest is understandable," Biden said.


Biden said he had spoken with Minnesota Gov. Tim WalzTim WalzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Minnesota governor jokes that residents should 'go get vaccinated so you're alive to vote against me' Biden vows to get 'more aggressive' on lifestyle benefits of vaccines MORE (D) as well as local authorities, though he has yet to speak with Wright's family.

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez hits Yang over scrapped Eid event: 'Utterly shameful' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel The Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel MORE (D-Mich.) on Monday called policing in the U.S. “intentionally racist" and something that "can't be reformed" in response to Wright's death.

“It wasn't an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence,” Tlaib tweeted. "I am done with those who condone government funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed."

Protests continued for a second night in Brooklyn Center, Minn., on Monday, with protesters gathering outside of the city's police station. Officers responded by sporadically shooting projectiles into the crowd and releasing a chemical irritant that made people cough.