Hundreds gather at RI state house to protest killing of Daunte Wright
Hundreds of Rhode Islanders gathered at the state house to once again protest the police killing of an unarmed black man Wednesday - this time in Minnesota.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Hundreds of Rhode Islanders gathered at the state house Wednesday to once again protest the police killing of an unarmed black man – this time in Minnesota.
“Once again we’re struck by a tragedy,” said Dion Baker of Providence.
Daunte Wright, 20, was recently killed by police during a traffic stop.
“Seeing this again and again on TV – I’ve counted. It’s been 15 times since George Floyd last year. There’s no message that’s being got by the police departments,” said Baker.
The officer involved allegedly grabbed her gun when she meant to grab her taser. She resigned, and is now facing charges for second degree manslaughter.
“This is almost like deja vu right? Oftentimes we’re not done grieving over the last victim. So it’s a continuous struggle of grief,” said Executive Director of Black Lives Matter RI PAC Harrison Tuttle.
Tuttle and the political action committee led Wednesday’s protest. They encouraged those attending to run for local office if they want to see real reform.
“I’m hoping that people felt like they walked out of this with solutions,” said Tuttle. “What the people want is to feel safe, what the people want is to have shelter, what the people want is to not be killed by the police.”
Community leaders also urged unity amidst all of the anger and uncertainty, saying that that will be the key, time and again, to healing.