DAUNTE Wright's mother broke down in tears on Thursday as she told the 20-year-old's funeral he was "loved by so many" and that he "should be burying her."
Wright was shot and killed by Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter on April 11 during a traffic stop when she allegedly mistook her taser for her gun.
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His mother Katie Wright battled through tears to tell the crowd gathered to remember him in Minneapolis that he "had a smile that was worth a million dollars."
"When he walked in the room, he lit up the room. He was a brother, a jokester, he was loved by so many. He's going to be so missed," she said.
"I remember when Daunte first became a father … the joy that Jr brought Daunte's life was truly amazing.
"He always said he couldn’t wait to make his son proud. Jr was the joy of his life and he lived for him every single day and now he’s not going to be here to see him.
"My son should be burying me," Wright's mother added before returning to her seat and breaking down in tears.
"I don't speak a lot," Wright's father said.
"But he was my son," he continued before also breaking down.
The family of George Floyd was at the funeral, as well the relatives of Emmett Till, Philando Castile, and Breonna Taylor.
Rev Al Sharpton delivered Wright's eulogy before Minnesota lawmakers Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Gov Tim Walz, and Senator Amy Klobuchar all spoke.
"No words can help to ease the loss you bear," Omar told the family as she also struggled to speak.
She presented Wright's parents with a flag that had been flown over the US Capitol in honor of their son.
Floyd's family were asked to stand by civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who had represented them in their push for justice for the murdered 46-year-old.
"Thank you George Floyd and thank you George Floyd’s family," he said.
Crump also blasted Kim Potter, the cop charged with Wright's death.
"If she saw your child like she saw her child, then I do not think she would have even reached for her taser, much less a gun," Crump claimed.
"When they see their children, they see their future.
"They see the best and the brightest that they have to give the world for the future.
"So do we when we see our children," he blasted.
In his eulogy, Rev Sharpton called for a White House meeting with President Joe Biden on policing as he called Wright the "Prince of Brooklyn Center."
"A Prince is going to the resting place," he said.
"Take a seat, Daunte. Tell George Floyd who you are. Shake hands with Philando Castile.
"You thought he was a kid with an air freshener? He was a prince. All of Minneapolis has stopped today to honor the Prince of Brooklyn Center," he added.
Early police reports had said Wright was stopped over an air freshener in his back window.
"We come as air fresheners trying to get the stench of racism out of the atmosphere, getting the stench of racial profiling out of the atmosphere.
"We come to Minneapolis as air fresheners as the air is too odorous for us to breath. We can’t breath."
Both he, Senator Klobuchar, and Rep Omar called for the introduction of the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act.
Gov Walz also issued a declaration for a statewide two minutes of silence for Wright.
In the lead-up to the funeral, armed members of the Minnesota Freedom Fighters stood guard outside a church on Wednesday as mourners gathered to visit Wright's body.
His family members held a visitation at Shiloh Temple International Ministries yesterday.
Accompanied by Rev Sharpton, Wright's mother Katie was seen stroking her son's hair as he lay in an open casket.
Hundreds of others attended were seen weeping and consoling one another as they paid their respects.
Outside the ministry, heavily armed members of the militia group stood guard.
Dressed in tactical gear – including bulletproof vests – and holding assault rifles, the group members surrounded the building throughout the visitation.
They also formed a line in front of Wright's casket as it was transferred from the back of a hearse and into the building.
The group was formed to provide security in Minneapolis' north side neighborhoods during unrest following the police killing of George Floyd last May.
Known for their forceful image and signature yellow patches, the group describes itself as an "elite security unit."
It's unclear how many members the group has, though more than a dozen were seen outside Shiloh Temple on Wednesday.
Inside, Wright lay inside in an open casket covered in red roses.
He was dressed in a jean jacket bedazzled with several red and green gems.
Behind him, a screen played a montage of photos and videos of pictures of him with family and friends.
An obituary handed out at the memorial recalled Wright’s love of Fourth of July fireworks, the “lemon head” nickname bestowed by an aunt and the months he spent in a hospital intensive care unit when his son was born prematurely.
"It's horrible. I feel sadness. I feel like my heart was torn out of my chest," his aunt, Kristie Bryant, told local media after viewing his casket.
Wright is survived by his two-year-old son.
Sharpton said he used his remarks to remind those in attendance and those watching from afar that the fight for justice didn’t end with the conviction of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin.
“We should not think that, because we won one battle with Chauvin, the war is over,” Sharpton said, “or that if we do not get justice for this case, that we will undo what we were able to do with George Floyd. This is round two, and we must win this round.”
The officer responsible for Wright's shooting, Kim Potter, has since resigned from Brooklyn Center police.
She has also been arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter, though has not yet entered a plea.
Potter was released from jail after posting $100,000 bond.
Her attorney, Earl Gray, has so far declined to comment on the case.
Bodycam footage of the shooting was release last week, showing several officiers attempted to arrest Wright for an outstanding warrant.
In the footage, Potter is heard threatening to stun Wright with her taser, before firing her handgun.
Former Police Chief Tim Gannon, who also resigned in the wake of the shooting, called the incident an accident.
Civil rights attorney Crump is representing the family.
In a statement at the viewing, he said: "When you watch that video your conscience tells you it is the right thing to do to stand up for Daunte Wright, to speak up for Daunte Wright, and to fight for Daunte Wright."
Also among those attending Wright’s funeral were Valerie Castile, whose son Philando Castile died after being shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb in 2016.
Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, who was filmed saying “I can’t breathe” in a fatal 2014 encounter with New York City police, also attended.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Gov. Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also were in attendance.
Wright’s killing set off protests in Brooklyn Center, a working-class, majority nonwhite city, with hundreds of people gathering every night for a week outside the city’s heavily guarded police station.
While the mayor called for law enforcement and protesters to scale back their tactics, the nights often ended with demonstrators lobbing water bottles and rocks at the officers, and law enforcement responding with pepper spray, tear gas and rubber bullets.
The 20-year-old's death also came amid increasing tension during the weekslong trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer who killed Floyd last May.
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