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Dec. 23, 2021, 2:24 p.m. ETDec. 23, 2021, 2:24 p.m. ETDaunte Wright with his son.Credit…Ben Crump LawDaunte Wright has been remembered by friends as upbeat and gregarious, someone who loved to play basketball and was a supportive father to his son, Daunte Jr., who was a year old when Mr. Wright, 20, was killed by a police officer during a traffic stop.“He always said he couldn’t wait to make his son proud,” Katie Bryant, Mr. Wright’s mother, said at his funeral in April. “Junior was the joy of his life, and he lived for him every single day, and now he’s not going to be able to see him.”Mr. Wright died on April 11 during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, a Minneapolis suburb, when a police officer, Kimberly Potter, fired a single shot from her handgun, apparently mistaking it for her Taser.Mr. Wright had been working at a Taco Bell and at a Famous Footwear shoe store shortly before he died, and was considering a career in carpentry, his mother testified in court. She said he had enrolled in the Summit Academy, a vocational school, about two months before he was killed. He had six siblings and was living at his parents’ home with his two younger sisters.A little over a month after his death, a lawsuit against Mr. Wright’s family raised questions about whether Mr. Wright was involved in a violent dispute in May 2019.The woman who filed the lawsuit claimed that Mr. Wright had shot her son — a former friend of Mr. Wright’s — in the head in Minneapolis, leaving the man severely disabled, possibly because the man had “beat up” Mr. Wright earlier that month. The lawsuit offers no direct evidence tying Mr. Wright to the shooting, which remains unsolved.Katie Wright has called the claims in the lawsuit hurtful. “To run with allegations like that is pretty bad, whether they are true or not true,” she told The Star Tribune.The judge overseeing the trial of Ms. Potter ruled that any “bad acts” committed by Mr. Wright could only be brought up during the trial if it was shown that Ms. Potter knew about the conduct at the time of the traffic stop, so the allegations in the lawsuit were not raised.People who knew Mr. Wright have acknowledged that he made mistakes, but the said he was trying to improve his life for the sake of his son.A friend, Emajay Driver, said that Mr. Wright had “loved to make people laugh.” As a freshman in high school, Mr. Wright had been voted a class clown. “There was never a dull moment,” Mr. Driver said.Delivering a eulogy at Mr. Wright’s funeral, the Rev. Al Sharpton said he was told that Minneapolis had not seen a funeral procession so large since Prince, the musician who was born and raised in Minneapolis, died in 2016.“You thought he was just some kid with an air freshener,” Mr. Sharpton said, referring to a reason the police cited for pulling him over, an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror. Mr. Sharpton added: “He was a prince, and all of Minneapolis has stopped today to honor the prince of Brooklyn Center.”Read more

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