Daunte Wright's Mother Was On Video Call With Him As He Was Shot To Death

 Daunte Wright was on the phone to his mother just seconds before he was ‘accidentally’ shot dead by a police officer during a traffic stop on Sunday.

Katie Wright has said Daunte, 20, called her for help with insurance information before he was killed by Minnesota cop, Kim Potter, who claims she meant to use a Taser when pulled out her gun and fired a single bullet at Daunte. 

Potter, 48, has since resigned. Speaking to reporters, Daunte’s mother, Katie, has said she heard her son struggling with police over the phone and was even shown her son ‘unresponsive’ in the driving seat via FaceTime by the female passenger in his car, after the shooting. 

Recalling her conversation with Daunte, Katie said: ‘I said OK, when the police officer comes back to the window, put him on the phone and I can give him all our insurance information. 

‘A second goes by, and I hear the police officer come back up to the window and ask Daunte to get out of the car. ‘Daunte asked, “For what?”. The police officer said, “I’ll explain to you when you get out of the car”‘. 

Katie went on to say she could hear the police and her son struggling, reports CNN. ‘Then the police officer asked him to hang up the phone’, Katie said. ‘Three or four seconds went by. I tried calling back to back to back because I didn’t know what was going on. ‘When I called back, the girl that he had in the car answered the phone, and it was on FaceTime. 

And she was crying and screaming and said that they shot him. ‘And then she pointed the phone towards the driver’s seat and my son was laying there, unresponsive. 

‘That was the last time that I seen my son, that’s the last time I heard from my son. And I’ve had no explanation since then.’

According to police, officers pulled Daunte’s vehicle over for an expired vehicle registration. Police body cam footage shows an officer trying to handcuff Daunte, who then broke free and got back inside his vehicle. 

Potter then shouted, ‘Taser, Taser, Taser’, but fired a shot from her handgun instead, and then said, ‘Holy shit, I just shot him’. 

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, who has since resigned, called it ‘an accidental discharge’. He said he believed that Potter was trying to use a Taser on Daunte and pulled the gun instead. 

Daunte died of a gunshot wound to his chest, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office. His death has sparked successive nights of protests in the city, about 10 miles from where black man George Floyd was killed last May.

Daunte leaves behind a young son, Daunte Wright Jr, who was supposed to see his dad to celebrate his upcoming second birthday. 

The boy’s mother, Chyna Whitaker, said: ‘Now my son, he don’t have a dad. ‘His dad won’t get to see him for his second birthday or for any of his birthdays. 

And I’m just so messed up about it because I feel like they stole my son’s dad from him’. Daunte’s family have not accepted the excuse of ‘accidental’ for his killing. 

His father, Aubrey Wright, told ABC’s Good Morning America that the police have provided the family with zero comfort. 

He said: ‘I cannot accept that. I lost my son. He’s never coming back. ‘I can’t accept that … mistake. That doesn’t even sound right. You know, this officer has been on the force for 26-plus years. I can’t accept that’.

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