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Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:31 AM

Mom: Minnesota Cops Killed Son After Stopping Him on an Air-Freshener Violation

Police in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center fatally shot a Black 20-year-old man during a traffic stop on Sunday afternoon, setting off a string of violent protests amid tensions over the Derek Chauvin murder trial.

The victim’s mother spent much of Sunday afternoon at the scene of the fatal shooting, pleading with officers to remove the body of her son, Daunte Wright, from the pavement.

“He got out of the car, and his girlfriend said they shot him,” Katie Wright said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “He got back in the car, and he drove away and crashed and now he’s dead on the ground since 1:47... Nobody will tell us anything. Nobody will talk to us... I said please take my son off the ground.”

The victim’s mother said her son called her during the traffic stop she said was tied to the presence of air fresheners hanging in the car, which is an offense in Minnesota. “He called me at about 1:30. He said he was getting pulled over by the police. And I said why you getting pulled over. And he said they pulled him over because he had air fresheners hanging from his rear-view mirror. I said, ‘OK take them down,’” Wright said, adding that she could hear a scuffle break out and someone yelling, “Daunte, don’t run.” When she called back, her son was dead.

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/daunte-wrights-mom-says-minnesota-police-killed-her-son-over-an-air-freshener-violation

WTF? An “air freshener” is illegal?

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Reply Mom: Minnesota Cops Killed Son After Stopping Him on an Air-Freshener Violation (Original post)
UpInArms Apr 12 OP
Name removed Apr 12 #1
malaise Apr 12 #2
HipChick Apr 12 #8
MrsCoffee Apr 12 #7
11 Bravo Apr 12 #18
Hassin Bin Sober Apr 12 #3
USALiberal Apr 12 #23
Throck Apr 12 #4
USALiberal Apr 12 #24
Throck Apr 12 #32
Iris Apr 13 #36
TwilightZone Apr 12 #5
mindem Apr 12 #10
Ferrets are Cool Apr 12 #13
USALiberal Apr 12 #22
BlueSpot Apr 12 #33
gldstwmn Apr 12 #35
USALiberal Apr 13 #40
wnylib Apr 13 #37
3Hotdogs Apr 12 #6
harumph Apr 12 #9
wnylib Apr 13 #38
Celerity Apr 12 #11
brewens Apr 12 #12
samsingh Apr 12 #14
Ilsa Apr 12 #15
Rorey Apr 12 #17
Rorey Apr 12 #16
USALiberal Apr 12 #21
Rorey Apr 12 #25
USALiberal Apr 12 #29
Bengus81 Apr 12 #19
Treefrog Apr 12 #20
Rorey Apr 12 #26
UpInArms Apr 12 #27
Klaralven Apr 12 #31
greenjar_01 Apr 12 #28
Klaralven Apr 12 #30
Buckeye_Democrat Apr 12 #34
Scruffy1 Apr 13 #39

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Response to Name removed (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:34 AM

2. But believe you



Enjoy your stay

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:41 AM

8. Murder by police

aka Driving while black

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Response to Name removed (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:41 AM

7. That's your response to this tragedy?

Are you fucking kidding me?

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Response to MrsCoffee (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 11:37 AM

18. Looks like a well-deserved pizza has already been delivered.

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:37 AM

3. Something hanging from your rear view mirror is up there at the top of the list of bullshit ...

... stops when being profiled.

Like “didn’t signal soon enough for a turn” or “license plate light not fully illuminated”


Otherwise know as “driving while black”

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:50 PM

23. Then they found he had a warrant. nt

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:38 AM

4. Totally screwed up. Totally screwed up law.

The bogus dumb law is that an air freshener blocks your view and is distracting if hung from your rear view mirror. Same would apply to fuzzy dice and graduation tassels. Unless the air freshener was 8x10 inches or reflective I'm not seeing a problem. Seems like a vague overreaching arbitrarily enforced law written by a bunch of morons.

Argue with a cop, get shot.

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Response to Throck (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:51 PM

24. He had a warrant. nt

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Response to USALiberal (Reply #24)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 10:22 PM

32. What was the warrant for? Was the level of violence justified?

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Response to USALiberal (Reply #24)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 03:23 AM

36. Not a death sentence though

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:39 AM

5. "An "air freshener" is illegal?" -- yes.

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Response to TwilightZone (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:49 AM

10. Yup, in Minnesota

I was pulled over a few years back for having a Handicap sign hanging on my mirror. I'm an old white guy.

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Response to TwilightZone (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 09:54 AM

13. And evidently comes with an instant death sentence if seen by white cops

in a vehicle driven by a AA driver.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #13)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:48 PM

22. She did not mean to shoot him, the video makes it clear. nt

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Response to USALiberal (Reply #22)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 10:56 PM

33. Yet she did. n/t

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Response to USALiberal (Reply #22)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 11:07 PM

35. Watch it again.

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Response to gldstwmn (Reply #35)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 08:06 AM

40. Lol, thanks for the detailed info! Nt

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Response to USALiberal (Reply #22)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 06:08 AM

37. Then she is incompetent and should not be a cop.

Veteran cop, maybe so used to reaching for a gun in her experience that she automatically reached for it when intending to reach for the taser. Was it so imperative to stop him that a taser was even necessary?

Wouldn't she feel the difference once the gun was in her hands?

On any job, some mistakes are minor. Some are major and call for termination, especially when the mistake causes loss of life.

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:39 AM

6. In many states, it is a traffic violation. Objects hanging from the rear view mirror obstruct vision

Stuff, like the dancing hula girl on the dashboard or rear deck (these were popular in the 50's) are also traffic violations.


The police report will state, "I was in fear of my life because he was furtively reaching for his waistband."

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:42 AM

9. Police are claiming he had outstanding warrants

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Response to harumph (Reply #9)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 06:15 AM

38. For multiple murders that would make

him a threat to society? Even if that was the case, it is customary to arrest someone, read them their rights, put them in jail, and have a trial.

It is not customary for cops to be judge, jury, and executioner in the moment. Unless you are Black.

If it was an accident, she is mot competent to have the use of a gun in public and should not be a cop. At the very least, she should be terminated for incompetence. Maybe charged with manslaughter.

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 09:08 AM

11. Fuck Minnesota coppers and fuck that idiotic law.

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 09:22 AM

12. The cops here could do nothing else all day every day if they enforced that. Now it's masks.

I see people with their masks hanging from the mirror all over. I'm going for a walk in awhile. I'm going to see just how many cars have something hanging from the mirror. It's illegal here too, but it's an almost all white area.

Here you'd get pulled over late on a weekend no matter what race for that kind of thing. The cops are relentless hunting drunk drivers. During the day, no way they mess with you for that.

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 10:39 AM

14. the justice department MUST act

Now that the justice department works for the people again, they MUST act immediately. No tolerance for any cop who kills a black person ANYWHERE in America. Hit the chain of command as well.

NOW.

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 10:45 AM

15. Wow. Hanging an air freshener is a capital offense in MN.

No arrest, no charges, no trial, just shoot on sight.

But only if you're black.

I'm sick of these bullshit laws that give police any stupid reason to pull you over so they can harass you.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #15)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 11:34 AM

17. Bullshit laws

I don't know about other places, but here in Pueblo, Colorado our police officers take *forever* to respond to a call, claiming they don't have manpower, etc. It seems to me that taking the time to pull someone over for one of these made-up to harass people laws isn't a very good use of their time.

I'm just seething.

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 11:31 AM

16. I'm starting to wonder

Do you have to be dumber than a rock to be a cop in Minnesota?

I thought the use of deadly force was supposed to be in response to a threat. Once again a police officer decided that his job included being judge and executioner. He took a young man's life, ruined the lives of his family, and in the process he probably ended his own career as a police officer and brought a lot of pain to his own family.

I've spent a lot of time in the Twin Cities, but I'm thinking it's off my list of places to visit now. One horrible incident after another.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #16)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:41 PM

21. She did not mean to shoot him, the video makes it clear. nt

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Response to USALiberal (Reply #21)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:57 PM

25. I posted that this morning

In the time since I posted, more information came out.

IF it's the case that their tasers look that similar to their firearms, that needs to change. I would imagine more information will come out to explain her stupid mistake, including where she carried her taser.

Whatever the case, it's a frightening thought that someone who acted so poorly under the stress of the situation was carrying a lethal weapon. Minnesota already had enough problems. Now one more POC is dead, there will be more unrest, and many lives are forever changed.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #25)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:40 PM

29. I agree with you, they obviously didn't practice.....

This much. I imagine I would really hope that this officer feels terrible and Will probably never really really get over it ever.

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:24 PM

19. The same State where you can openly carry a AR-15 into the Capitol building??

Or is it just Michigan?? Against the law to have a air freshener hanging down from the mirror? And people think Kansas is fucked up?!?!

Do they pull over white guys in their $60k SUV and blow them away if they have a big ass GPS stuck to the windshield?

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:32 PM

20. The cause for the stop was bullshit, but they found out he had an outstanding warrant quickly.

A warrant for armed robbery. And he had missed his probation meeting.

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Response to Treefrog (Reply #20)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:59 PM

26. I read "aggravated" robbery.

I could be wrong, but I don't think that's the same as "armed" robbery.

Editing after research: It may have been armed, under the definition.

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Response to Treefrog (Reply #20)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:20 PM

27. No ... it was for $346 in unpaid fines

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Response to Treefrog (Reply #20)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 09:07 PM

31. One charge was for running from the cops

Court records indicate that a judge issued a warrant for Mr. Wright earlier this month after he missed a court appearance. He was facing two misdemeanor charges after the Minneapolis police said he had carried a pistol without a permit and had run from officers last June.


https://www.nytimes.com/article/daunte-wright-death-minnesota.html

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:23 PM

28. Dude was getting cuffed and jumped back into his car

He didn't deserve to be shot, obviously, but this wasn't a car freshener issue.

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:55 PM

30. Minnesota Statutes

2020 Minnesota Statutes

169.71 WINDSHIELD.
Subdivision 1.Prohibitions generally; exceptions. (a) A person shall not drive or operate any motor vehicle with:

(1) a windshield cracked or discolored to an extent to limit or obstruct proper vision;

(2) any objects suspended between the driver and the windshield, other than:

(i) sun visors;

(ii) rearview mirrors;

(iii) driver feedback and safety monitoring equipment when mounted immediately behind, slightly above, or slightly below the rearview mirror;

(iv) global positioning systems or navigation systems when mounted or located near the bottommost portion of the windshield;

(v) electronic toll collection devices; and

(vi) an identifying device as provided in section 169.58, subdivision 5, when the device is mounted or located near the bottommost portion of the windshield;


https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/169.71

So no air fresheners, crucifixes, girlfriends panties, fuzzy dice, etc. dangling from the rearview mirror.

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 11:06 PM

34. Aha!

So the cops later made it about an expired registration and an existing warrant... conveniently not mentioning the "air freshener violation" that started it all! They obviously didn't mention it because of the even worse optics.

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 07:34 AM

39. I lived in Brooklyn Center once upon a time.

The cops there were complete assholes and haven't improved a bit. It's an inner ring suburb attached to North Minneapolis. At the time I worked nights until 3:00 AM and I can remember being pulled over for no reason several times just because I was coming home at 3:30 AM. They often just invent a "pretext" just like they did in this case. Things like one license plate light out, or some completely made up BS. This "pretext" bullshit seems like an unsolvable problem because cops can just make stuff up. I was once ticketed for not stopping at a red light after I stopped and waited for four or five cars. The real crime was giving a black friend a ride home. I remember being glad to get the hell out of Brooklyn Center.

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