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Minnesota Grieves Another Police Killing After The Death Of Daunte Wright. What Will It Take To End Police Violence?

Protesters gather in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota to protest for justice for 20-year-old Daunte Wright.
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Protesters gather in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota to protest for justice for 20-year-old Daunte Wright.

On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing what it will take to end police violence. According to Mapping Police Violence, police have already killed more than 265 people this year.

As the nation closely watches the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd, another Minnesota police officer, Kimberly Potter, shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday. On Wednesday, she was arrested and charged with manslaughter.

What will it take to end police violence? Experts say the problem is not police training — the problem is the expansion and intensity of policing over the last four decades.


Alex Vitale, Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College, coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project, and author of The End of Policing

Web Resources:

The New York Times, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs: The Minnesota officer who killed Daunte Wright will be charged with manslaughter

Slate, Aymann Ismail: Why killings like Daunte Wright's keep happening in Minnesota, and what protesters want now.

HuffPost, Jenna Amatulli: Daunte Wright's Father 'Cannot Accept' Cop's Taser Defense For Son's Killing

Star Tribune, Zoë Jackson and Susan Du: Police shooting of Daunte Wright amid Derek Chauvin trial adds more trauma to wounded Twin Cities

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Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Lea is a producer for Your Call on KALW Local Public Radio. She graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.