It’s Time to Kick Armed Cops Off the Road

We should not have to live in a world where the police can kill young men like Daunte Wright for committing traffic violations.

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Daunte Wright was pulled over by police officers on Sunday afternoon. The reason the police gave for the stop is that he was driving with expired registration tags on his license plate. The time was roughly 2 PM. Within minutes of being pulled over, Wright was dead.

What happened during those minutes is still being pieced together, but the essential horrors were captured on video. As the officers from the Brooklyn Center police approached Wright’s car, they noticed that he had an “illegal” air freshener dangling from his rearview mirror. They then ran his plates and found that he had $346 of outstanding fines and an arrest warrant for misdemeanor offenses. At this point, Wright was scared enough to call his mother. But before he could finish the call, the officers removed Wright from his vehicle, and as one officer fumbled for the handcuffs, Wright panicked and attempted to get back into his car. Another officer, Kim Potter, then decided to electrocute him, but instead of pulling out her Taser, she pulled out her gun and shot Wright to death. He was 20 years old.

The particulars of Wright’s murder have haunted me for a few days now. My own son, only 8, has a tendency to panic in stressful situations. I learned, very early, that the louder you talk to him, the less he hears you. The thought of a cop shouting instructions at him and then killing him for noncompliance keep me awake at night.  read more..

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2 COMMENTS

  1. first, no one should die in a traffic stop. No. one.
    HOWEVER, driving on expired plates AND 3 bills worth of outstanding warrants is not only terminally stupid, but CRIMINALLY negligent. The kid panicked because he knew he finally screwed up enough to have to deal with the consequences. Traffic Warrants. The kid’s a material danger utilizing a 4000lb deadly weapon and there’s an overwhelming chance he would have continued to be a deadly menace on the roads.
    I’ve ridden a motorcycle on the street for 45 years and know EXACTLY what kind of driver this kid was like behind the wheel…unsafe at any speed.
    The cop was a pig and the kid was a punk. Some learn, some don’t. Very skewed story. Would the author bleat as righteously if the kid had amputated the author’s wife’s leg in a hit-and-run..

  2. Sniveling goosesteppers say.. oh, he resisted arrest and thereforte he’s rresponsible. What they in their little chicken minds cannot assimilate is that nobody likes having their dignity trampled, especially if you’re innocent. They don’t know this because they have no original self based on instincts; they are pure brainwashed goosesteppers! the supreme court of feces who designed this system knew this, of course. they want strife, thery want a cowed population. F them! The human spirit will never be bowed down! F the po-lice.

    Portugal decriminalized all drugs and focused their police on upholding human dignity. of course, Portugal has solidarity not white supremacy.