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Available Expert - Queen’s expert available to speak to the shooting of Daunte Wright

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Queen’s expert Kristin Moriah is able to speak to the fatal shooting of a Black man by police in a Minneapolis suburb over the weekend.

There have been two nights of protests in the community of Brooklyn Center, as hundreds of demonstrators are expressing anger at Daunte Wright's death – which the police chief has deemed accidental.

“Part of the cruelty and tragedy here lies in the mundanity of the supposed guilt of Black people (and the ongoing impossibility of their innocence even) as we are presented with endless rationales for police violence” says Dr. Moriah. “We are considering whether it is ok for a Black man to be pulled over because he placed an air freshener in the rearview mirror alongside whether it is possible for a trained police officer to mistake a gun for a taser. The contrast is stunning.”

Sunday's death of Wright, 20, and Monday’s release of video from the officer’s body camera, have triggered raw emotion in a community just 10 miles from where the trial of Derek Chauvin – the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd last year – is taking place.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Julie Brown (julie.brown@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.   

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