© Reuters. File photo: People take part in a protest following the police shooting of a 20-year-old black man, Don Wright, in Minnesota, Washington.
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(Reuters) – Don Wright, the 20-year-old black man shot by a white policeman in a suburb of Minneapolis during a traffic stop on Sunday, was kind, liked basketball and had a close-knit family, according to Reuters. Media interviews with his relatives.
Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, told ABC News Tuesday that her son was a “wonderful, loving child” with a “big heart,” who loved his siblings and enjoyed playing basketball with his young son.
“He had a two-year-old son who wouldn’t be able to play basketball with him,” said the mother on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.
“His whole life was taken from him. Our hearts were ripped from our chests. He was my child.”
Wright was shot Sunday in the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, after he was arrested over what police described as an expired car registration. The Brooklyn Center Police Chief said in a press briefing on Monday that officers then discovered that there was an arrest warrant for Wright, and that an officer had mistakenly used her pistol instead of her stun gun during a conflict with Wright.
Wright’s death sparked two consecutive nights of unrest in the Brooklyn Center, as hundreds of protesters clashed with law enforcement outside the city’s police headquarters on Monday in defiance of a curfew ordered by Governor Tim Falls.
The area has already been in tension for weeks with the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, a few miles from where Wright was shot.
During a Monday evening vigil at the place where Wright was killed, his relatives remembered him as a kind-hearted father who worked multiple jobs to support his son.
“My brother lost his life because they were so happy,” his older brother, Dallas Wright, told the crowd.
Wright’s aunt Naisha Wright told CNN late Monday evening that she could not accept the explanation that the officer who fired the fatal bullet, identified as 26-year-old veteran Kim Potter, mistakenly used her weapon.
Speaking with CNN’s Don Lemon, she said her nephew’s family was cramped, asserting that the house “is not a broken home.”
The aunt said, “My nephew was a good child. He loved his family. We loved him.”
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