It’s not safe to be black in Minnesota, says Lt. Governor
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Democratic Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said her own state is “a place where it is not safe to be Black.”
Flanagan made the comments Sunday as riots and protests continue in the state after the death of Daunte Wright and the trial of Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd comes to an end.
In a lengthy statement on Twitter, she said: “We must never forget the reason there are protesters and law enforcement in our streets is because Daunte Wright was killed by a police officer during a traffic stop.”
The Democrat leader said Wright, a father to a child and the son of his mother, was lost.
“As a child advocate,” she declared, “I am grappling with the stark reality: Minnesota is a place where it is not safe to be Black. This is the essence of an emergency we face.”
Flanagan concluded: “This is our reputation, and this is our shame,” advocating for her state to rethink policing and crowd control, to “find the right balance between safety and that free expression.”
“Going forward, our moral imperative is to ensure that the sets of circumstances and conditions that led to the death of Daunte Wright, Sr. will be different for Daunte Wright, Jr. and every other child like him.”