Minnesota city reaches $3.25M settlement with family of Black man killed by police

Lawyers representing Daunte Wright’s family announced Wednesday they had reached a monetary settlement of $3.25 million with the city of Brooklyn Center for the fatal shooting of their son by a police officer. This settlement is the third largest civil rights wrongful death settlement in Minnesota.

Lawyers for Daunte Wright’s family have stressed the importance of the nonmonetary portions of the settlement as well. The city has agreed to make changes in the police department regarding policies and trainings for traffic stops. A permanent memorial for Daunte Wright will also be installed where a temporary stands in the city. The University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis have also offered free in-depth training to the police department on implicit bias and cultural proficiency.

Attorney Antonio M. Romanucci said “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 and Aubrey Wright, the parents of Daunte Wright, said that it is “important to us that his loss be used for positive change in the community, not just for a financial settlement for our family.”

Daunte Wright was fatally shot in 2021 by Officer Kim Potter when she fired her gun instead of her taser. Potter was found guilty of first and second degree manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in prison.