Dozens of cyclists rode to honor Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old who was fatally shot during a traffic stop in Minnesota on Sunday.
“How much longer are we going to consider these accidents an accident? Or isolated incidents? To me it seems like it’s police aggression, it’s a culture of violence,” said cyclist Steward Mitchell.
What You Need To Know
- Dozens of cyclists gathered for a vigil and ride beginning at Barclays Center Tuesday to honor Daunte Wright
- It was organized by the group ‘Riders for Black Lives’
- When George Floyd was killed, there were many protests kicking off at Barclays Center last summer
The ride and vigil kicked off at Barclays Center on Tuesday evening. It was organized by the group ‘Riders for Black Lives.'
“I’m 20-years-old so i’m the same age as Daunte Wright, so it was important for me to show my solidarity towards him and his family as well, but you know all of the other Black lives, enslaved throughout the years,” said member Jett Williams.
The shooting happened not far from where Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis cop charged with George Floyd’s death, now stands on trial. When Floyd was killed, there were many protests kicking off right at the Barclays Center last summer.
“Now we have to remember Daunte Wright. He should be alive today. We have a chant in the streets. We say 'what do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now.' And then we say 'we don’t get it, shut it down,' and we are here to shut it down,” said Jeff Strabone who is also a member.
Mitchell said the deaths of Black men during run-ins with police are all too common and tells us it’s unsettling for his family.
“I’m a Black man, i’m a single dad, i’m a father of two and my kids have anxiety about me not coming home one day. It’s a very real reality for us because our next encounter with police might be our last,” said Mitchell.
Another cyclist group is holding a ride to honor Wright on Wednesday at 6 p.m., kicking off at Grand Army Plaza.