A fundraiser set up after Daunte Wright was fatally shot by a police officer has reached more than $700,000 donations, and the amount is continuing to rise...
This comes following worldwide outrage over the twenty-year-old's death.
Keep scrolling to read some of the heart warming messages sent with donations...
Now, although the Black Lives Matter movement gained traction back in May 2020 when George Floyd was brutally killed on the streets by a police officer...
The unlawful killings of Black people by police officers sadly hasn't come to a stop here in the United States.
And the shocking events on April 11th certainly prove that fact.
Twenty-year-old Daunte Wright was pulled over in Minnesota for a traffic violation and things were quick to take a very sinister turn.
Shocking bodycam footage has since been released of the officers' confrontation with Wright, who was unarmed.
After pulling Wright - a father of 1 - over for the traffic violation and handcuffing him, officers soon realized there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
But Wright suddenly attempted to reenter his car and escape while being handcuffed, prompting a struggle with the officers.
"Taser, Taser, Taser!" a female police officer is heard shouting as she pulls out a gun...
But instead of firing a tase gun, she fires the handgun she pulled out directly at Wright instead.
"Oh s***! I just shot him," she's then heard saying after pulling the trigger.
Wright slams down on the accelerator as he's shot, causing his car to speed away.
He managed to drive several blocks before crashing and dying from a gunshot wound to his chest, according to the medical examiner, as per Sky News.
From the moment Wright's death was announced to the public, outrage was triggered...
tw // police brutality #DaunteWright, a 20 year old father of a two year old, was killed by police in Brooklyn Center. He was on the way to have his car washed when he was pulled over by the police for having an air freshener obstructing the view of the rear view mirror. pic.twitter.com/WHfcpNP7rD— io⁷ (@diorthewhore) April 12, 2021
And people have been demanding justice for yet another Black man to die at the hands of the police here in America.
Prayers are not enough. Daunte Wright should still be with us. While an investigation is underway, our nation needs justice and healing, and Daunte’s family needs to know why their child is dead—they deserve answers.— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) April 13, 2021
Daunte Wright should be alive tonight. And America must respond to the pain and trauma caused by injustices that Black Americans face every day.— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) April 13, 2021
BLACK LIVES STILL MATTER. JUSTICE FOR DAUNTE WRIGHT. pic.twitter.com/rf3bsidk3W— jess 🔞 (@jesssicajones) April 13, 2021
Young people are precious. I think about how funny and sweet my child is. How we worry about them. How beautiful #DaunteWright is and how much he is loved. How he will be missed forever by his baby and his friends and family. For nothing. For nothing. For nothing. JUSTICE NOW.— Gabrielle Miller (@MillerGabrielle) April 13, 2021
*Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, white, walking right by police with his hands up after killing 2 men. They ignore him.— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) April 13, 2021
* Daunte Wright, 20, Black, after being pulled over for expired tags is shot and killed by police.
THIS IS BROKEN!!! pic.twitter.com/Q6zQGfB536
I am sick to my stomach and infuriated by the killing of #DaunteWright. My heart goes out to his family and every one of my Black friends and colleagues dealing with the endless trauma. https://t.co/DjS7LdYTIp— Michael Montano (@michaelmontano) April 13, 2021
On the evening following the tragic event, several hundred people defied the curfew and gathered at the Brooklyn Center police station in protest of Wright's untimely death.
But sadly, it didn't take long for things to turn violent.
Officers in riot gear fired gas canisters and flash-bang grenades after some demonstrators threw bottles and other objects at the station...
And the anger and emotion in the air was undeniable.
Wright's mother, Katie Wright, was also present at the protest.
She later revealed to KARE 11 that she was on the phone with her son as he got pulled over and heard the "scuffle."
"A minute later, I called and his girlfriend answered, who was the passenger in the car, and said that he'd been shot and she put it on the driver's side, and my son was laying there, lifeless."
She then said:
"My heart is broken in a thousand pieces... I miss him so much, and it's only been a day. He was my life, he was my son and I can never get that back. Because of a mistake? Because of an accident?"
It's utterly heartbreaking to lose yet another life at the hands of police brutality...
How is this still allowed to happen?!
The police officer has since been identified by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as Kim Potter, a twenty-six-year veteran of the police department.
Ofc. Kim Potter killed Daunte Wright — but did she know the difference between a handgun and a taser? The facts:— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) April 13, 2021
‼️ 26 years as a police officer — She was 6 YEARS into her career when Daunte was BORN!
‼️ Serves as police union president
‼️ Defended questionable actions before... pic.twitter.com/M9eMU7Tyjw
She was placed upon administrative leave immediately after she insisted she pulled out and fired her gun "by mistake."
Potter has since resigned.
Prosecutors then announced that Potter will be charged with second-degree manslaughter.
A second-degree manslaughter charge carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
It's been a harrowing few days...
But people have been rallying together to make this heartbreaking situation just a little easier for Daunte's family.
A GoFundMe page was set up following Daunte's death by his aunt, Kelly Bryant.
And despite being created just 4 days ago, donations have already reached over $700,000.
Alongside the donations are some very emotional messages...
Kelly wrote on the page: "On April 11th, our 20-year-old son, Daunte Wright Sr., was fatally shot and killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer during a routine traffic stop. Our family is distraught as we struggle to understand why our loved one was taken away from us in such a senseless manner."
"All funds raised through this site will go towards covering funeral and burial expenses, mental health and grief counseling for Daunte's family, to help the Wright family in their fight for justice, and to provide support for Daunte's infant son, Daunte Wright, Jr. 100% of the funds raised on this site will go to the Wright family. NO PART OF THESE FUNDS WILL BE USED TOWARDS LEGAL FEES. The road to justice is very long, and the Wright family will not let what happened to Daunte be forgotten. The officer(s) who took his life must be held responsible."
Also answering some frequently asked questions, Kelly explained: "Can I contribute to the family's legal fund? No. While our family appreciates your generosity, our family is unable to accept money for the purposes of legal fees. All funds designated for such purposes will be returned."
At the time of writing, donations have raised $810,969 from more than twenty-four thousand donators.
Rest in Peace, Daunte.
Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family during this terrible time, and we hope justice will soon be served.
This is a developing story and updates will be posted accordingly.