Daunte Wright settlement: Brooklyn Center agrees to pay family $3.25M over police shooting death

Brooklyn Center's settlement with Daunte Wright's family won't be finalized until an agreement is reached on changes to police policies and training

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The city of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, has settled with the family of Daunte Wright, 20, an unarmed Black man who was killed by a police officer during a traffic stop last year, for $3.25 million. 

Wright was fatally shot in April 2021 by then-Officer Kim Potter who said she meant to reach for her stun gun.

In this screen grab from police video, prosecutor Erin Eldridge shows evidence from the traffic stop of Daunte Wright as she delivers the state's opening statement as Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu presides over court Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in the trial of former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter in the April 11, 2021, death of Daunte Wright, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn.

In this screen grab from police video, prosecutor Erin Eldridge shows evidence from the traffic stop of Daunte Wright as she delivers the state's opening statement as Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu presides over court Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in the trial of former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter in the April 11, 2021, death of Daunte Wright, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

The settlement won’t be finalized until an agreement is reached over police training on issues like officer intervention, implicit bias, weapons confusion and mental health crises, along with a permanent memorial to Wright, a statement from the family’s attorneys said. 

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FILE - This photo provided by Ben Crump Law, PLLC. shows Daunte Wright and his son, Daunte Jr., at his first birthday party.

FILE - This photo provided by Ben Crump Law, PLLC. shows Daunte Wright and his son, Daunte Jr., at his first birthday party. (Ben Crump Law, PLLC. via AP)

"The comprehensive settlement in this tragic case will provide a meaningful measure of accountability to the family for their deep loss of a son, sibling and father, and they hope and believe the measures of change to policing, policies and training will create important improvements to the community in Daunte’s name," family lawyer Antonio Romanucci said in the statement. "Nothing can bring him back, but the family hopes his legacy is a positive one and prevents any other family from enduring the type of grief they will live with for the rest of their lives." 

Katie Wright, mother of Daunte Wright, speaks about the sentencing hearing for former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter at the Hennepin County Government Center on February 18, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Katie Wright, mother of Daunte Wright, speaks about the sentencing hearing for former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter at the Hennepin County Government Center on February 18, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

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Potter was convicted of first and second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison earlier this year. 

Kim Potter stands with defense attorney Earl Gray, as the verdict is read Dec.,23, 2021 at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis.

Kim Potter stands with defense attorney Earl Gray, as the verdict is read Dec.,23, 2021 at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. (Court TV via AP, Pool, File)

Wright had been pulled over for having expired tags and an air freshener hanging from his mirror. Potter shot him after he jumped back into his vehicle when she tried to arrest him after realizing he was wanted on a non-felony warrant. Potter shouted "Taser! Taser!" before she shot. 

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Family attorney Jeff Storms said there is no "true justice" for Wright’s family because "Daunte is never coming home" but the settlement by the city shows a "commitment to accountability for this small community."

Damik Wright (C),  Emajay Driver (R) and Dallas Bryant (2nd R),brothers of Daunte Wright wait for the verdict in Kim Potter's trial over the death of Daunte Wright outside the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 23, 2021. 

Damik Wright (C),  Emajay Driver (R) and Dallas Bryant (2nd R),brothers of Daunte Wright wait for the verdict in Kim Potter's trial over the death of Daunte Wright outside the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 23, 2021.  (Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP) (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)

He said their goal with the lawsuit was to strike a balance between holding the city accountable while not "undermining the financial stability of the city or limiting the services it provides to its residents, many of whom are people of color."

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Last year, Minneapolis settled with the family of George Floyd, also killed during an arrest, for $27 million.