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$3.2 Million Settlement in Police Killing of Daunte Wright

New York Times
June 22, 2022

The city of Brooklyn Center, Minn., has agreed to pay a $3.2 million settlement to the family of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in April 2021 near Minneapolis. The officer said she meant to fire her Taser instead.

The settlement, announced on Tuesday by the legal team for Mr. Wright’s family, will be finalized after an agreement is also reached on “non-monetary” measures, including training for the city’s police. The lawyers said on Tuesday that they anticipated the agreement would include training for the Brooklyn Center Police Department on topics including officer intervention, implicit bias, de-escalation and how to approach mental health crises. As part of the settlement, the University of St. Thomas is set to provide the Police Department with free training on cultural proficiency and implicit bias.

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