Celebrities are speaking out after the death of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by a police officer in a Minneapolis suburb during a traffic stop.
Wright’s death Sunday night in Brooklyn Center, 10 miles south of Minneapolis, came as the city already was on edge in the middle of the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who faces murder charges in the death of George Floyd last May.
Kerry Washington tweeted on Monday that Wright “should still be alive.”
“My heart goes out to his family, his friends,” she added. “And to all Black people who are tired of waking up to tragedy after tragedy.”
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“There has to be a better way,” tweeted Ray Fisher. “If there isn’t then we gotta make one.”
George Takei wrote on Twitter that he’s “too heartbroken for words on this latest killing.”
“Actually I will say something,” he added in a follow-up tweet. “(Breonna) Taylor was ‘accidentally’ shot by police in her home in Louisville. Botham Jean was ‘accidentally’ shot in Dallas by a cop who went in his apartment. Now Daunte Wright was ‘accidentally’ shot instead of tasered. Too many ‘accidents’ happen.”
Kathy Griffin also reacted to the city’s police chief saying that the officer may have intended to deploy a Taser.
“Why the (expletive) would the #BrooklynCenter cop even think they needed to TAZE #DaunteWright in the first place?” she tweeted. “Of course no one is going to buy the ‘oops, I thought my gun was merely a taser’. But to even try to justify tasing this young man is ridiculous.”
Trevor Noah discussed Wright in a Monday segment on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”
“Maybe if the police weren’t so quick to draw any weapon, then maybe people wouldn’t die because of a mix-up,” the comedian said. “Don’t you find it amazing that cops think everything is a gun, except their own gun? If you have a cellphone in your hand – ‘Oh, that’s a gun.’ If you’re holding a wallet, ‘Oh that’s a gun.’ Their own gun? No, not a gun.”
Rapper and actor Common tweeted that “we cannot get comfortable!”
“May God bless the soul of Daunte Wright,” he added.
Contributing: Michael Collins