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Duante Wright Called His Mother Right Before He Was Murdered

Alexandra Tsuneta

Like so many young Black men before him, Duante Wright called out for his mother.

Moments before Duante Wright was murdered by former police officer Kim Potter, he called his mom to ask for insurance information on his car. According to CNN, the aftermath and the call went like this:

"I said OK when the police officer comes back to the window, put him on the phone and I can give him all our insurance information," a second goes by, and I hear the police officer come back up to the window and ask Daunte to get out of the car. Daunte asked, 'For what?' The police officer said, 'I'll explain to you when you get out of the car.'"

The mother said she could hear the police and her son struggling.

"Then the police officer asked him to hang up the phone," Katie Wright said. "Three or four seconds went by. I tried calling back to back to back because I didn't know what was going on."

"When I called back, the girl that he had in the car answered the phone, and it was on FaceTime. And she was crying and screaming and said that they shot him. And then she pointed the phone towards the driver's seat and my son was laying there, unresponsive. That was the last time that I seen my son," she said, sobbing.

"That's the last time I heard from my son. And I've had no explanation since then."

Duante Wright was murdered by Kim Potter, a veteran of the police force, she was head of the police union and had been an officer for 26 years, Duante was 20-years-old when he was murdered. According to Kim Potter, she confused her taser for her gun, which is statistically extremely hard to do.

Tasers are designed to be distinguishable from guns, they are on the opposite hip of the officer's gun, they weigh a whopping two pounds less than a police-grade pistol. For a 26-year veteran to "confuse" her gun for a pistol is ridiculous and more probably, a lie.

If former Officer Potter did, in fact, confuse a taser for a gun, then that just goes to show that "more police training" will not help the constant racism and extreme force used by police officers. There was no reason for Duante Wright to be murdered for a traffic violation and for Kim Potter to have been already released on bail, after murdering a young man, just goes to show the consistent racism of the judicial system and the police force.

All of this is happening while Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of George Floyd. Duante was murdered only blocks away from George Floyd was murdered. The consistencies are startling; for both Black men to have called out for their mothers is heartbreaking.

We need change and we need change now. We can no longer wait while more unarmed Black men get murdered by officers.

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