The Mayor of Berkeley, California spoke with CNN this week in the aftermath of the shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota; saying his city will stop enforcing “minor traffic violations” to “reduce racial disparities.”
“Berkeley is ending police stops for minor traffic violations. This is to reduce racial disparities in policing out comes,” said Mayor Jesse Arreguin.
“We’re not going to pull people over for having an air freshener, or having expired license tags, or not signaling properly,” he added.
Berkeley, CA, will end police stops for "minor traffic violations."
Mayor @JesseArreguin said the move "will reduce racial disparities and reduce the tragic outcomes we’ve too often seen, people like Daunte Wright…who died due to police violence in routine traffic stops.” pic.twitter.com/64fQmOYkiv
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 23, 2021
Watch the Mayor’s comments above.
BREAKING NOW: Minnesota Police Chief, Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright Resign
The Police Chief of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota and the officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright over the weekend will both resign from their positions effective immediately after two days of civil unrest in Minneapolis and other sections of the state.
Police Chief Tim Gannon and Officer Kim Potter left the department Tuesday afternoon.
UPDATE: Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon has resigned following the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright. The news comes less than an hour after the announcement that officer Kim Potter, who shot and killed Wright, also resigned. https://t.co/JH8e9LtpCH
— KARE 11 (@kare11) April 13, 2021
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib erupted on social media Monday night after the shooting of a 20-year-old man by police in Minnesota; saying “no more policing, incarceration, and militarization” because the system “can’t be reformed.”
“It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed,” wrote the far-left lawmaker on social media.
It wasn't an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist.
Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder.
No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 12, 2021
Minneapolis witnessed a second night of clashes between police and rioters Monday evening following the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright just miles away.
“Hundreds gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department Monday and defied curfew. They demanded justice for Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man fatally shot by police during a traffic stop,” reports Fox News.
“Authorities fired tear gas, and flash-bang grenades into the crowd after warning them that they were in violation of curfew. Some rioters retaliated by throwing smoke canisters back toward law enforcement, while others launched fireworks at the police lines, according to reports,” adds Fox.
“Move back!” the police chanted. “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” the crowd yelled back.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz imposed a 7PM curfew for Minneapolis Monday afternoon; deploying the National Guard to impose law and order.
Prayers are not enough. Daunte Wright should still be with us. While an investigation is underway, our nation needs justice and healing, and Daunte’s family needs to know why their child is dead—they deserve answers.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) April 13, 2021
“Prayers are not enough,” tweeted Vice President Kamala Harris. “Daunte Wright should still be with us. While an investigation is underway, our nation needs justice and healing, and Daunte’s family needs to know why their child is dead—they deserve answers.”
Read the full report at Fox News.
DEVELOPING: Minneapolis Council to Create ‘Unarmed Traffic Enforcers’ After Daunte Wright Shooting
From Fox News:
Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously on Friday for the development of a new Traffic Safety Division, which would be separate from the Minneapolis Police Department, FOX9 Minneapolis reported.
Minneapolis city council moves toward unarmed traffic enforcers after Daunte Wright shooting https://t.co/s9hqtOMJPF
— Logan Ratick (@Logan_Ratick) April 18, 2021
The vote comes less than a week after Wright, 20, was fatally shot by Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter in the Minneapolis suburb.
Police have described the shooting of Wright as “an accidental discharge” that happened as officers were trying to arrest Wright on an outstanding warrant after stopping his car for having expired registration tags.
Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham outlined a staff directive regarding the proposed development in a document obtained by the station and posted on his social media account.
The document listed four goals of the new traffic enforcement division: Maximizing the traffic safety benefits of traffic enforcement, eliminating racial disparities in traffic enforcement, educating the public on safe driving behaviors and traffic laws, and earning the trust of communities harmed by earlier practices.
“We urgently need traffic safety in our community,” Cunningham said Friday in a Facebook post announcing the proposal. “We also need for increasing traffic safety to not come at a great cost of harm to our neighbors in the process. This issue is very complex, but it is surmountable.”
Read the full report here.