BROOKLYN CENTER, Minnesota – The mother of Downt Wright, who was fatally shot by a Minoapolis suburban police officer, said she was injured when she was briefly detained by an officer of the same department after she stopped to record a man’s arrest while stopping.
On Thursday, Katie Wright said she was concerned about what Brooklyn Center staff could do to the man who was handcuffed when she stopped Wednesday night. In April 2021, her 20-year-old son, who was Black, was killed during a stop by Potter, a white officer who said she mixed up a gun with a taser.
“All I did was have a civic duty to stop and make sure these children returned home safe with their families because I don’t want what happened to me to happen to other families. “Wright said.”
The Associated Press left a message Friday asking whether the officer would face discipline.
Police in Brooklyn have released a video from a body camera showing an officer crossing several lanes on Highway 252 and asking Wright for a driver’s license. Wright refused, telling the officer that she did not need to show him the ID because she had not been stopped.
The officer then pulled her out of the vehicle, picked up the phone and placed it on the roof of the car before leading her to the grassy middle lane, holding her hand behind her back. Wright said the officer grabbed her so hard that he injured her wrist.
Wright told him her name and said, “You guys killed my son. I’m going to film them, ”he told other officers. The officer told Wright that he would send her a ticket in the mail, and both returned to their cars.
Chuck Valle, president of the Brooklyn Center Police Union, praised the officer for what he called “professional reaction and restraint during the incident.”
Along with the video, the Brooklyn Center Police Department issued a statement saying the footage was released “in an attempt to promote public safety and dispel widespread rumors or unrest.”
Potter shot Downt Wright when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Shaven began his trial last year in the murder of George Floyd, and there was high tensions in the area. Wright’s death sparked several nights of protests at Brooklyn Center and revived painful memories of the sometimes brutal unrest that erupted after Floyd’s death in May 2020.
Potter, who resigned after the shooting, was convicted in December of manslaughter and sentenced this year to two years in prison.