Authorities in Brooklyn Center, a city in the suburbs of Minneapolis, have agreed to pay $3.2m to the family of Daunte Wright, a Black man shot dead by a police officer who said she confused her gun with her Taser.
The tentative settlement also includes changes in police policies and training involving traffic stops like the one that resulted in Wright’s death, according to a statement from attorneys representing Wright’s family.
Wright, 20, was killed in April 2021. He was shot once in the chest by the officer, Kim Potter, 누가 백인이야, after being stopped for expired registration tags.
The former officer was convicted of first- and second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison.
Potter is heard on video yelling “Taser” several times before she fires her pistol.
Wright’s family members “hope and believe the measures of change to policing, policies and training will create important improvements to the community in Daunte’s name”, said co-counsel Antonio M Romanucci.
“Nothing can bring him back, but the family hopes his legacy is a positive one and prevents any other family from enduring the type of grief they will live with for the rest of their lives.”
The mayor’s office did not immediately comment.
The shooting happened at a time of high tension in the area, with a former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, 누가 백인이야, standing trial for the killing of George Floyd, who was Black.
Floyd’s death in May 2020 prompted a reckoning over police brutality and racism.
The fallout from Wright’s death led the Brooklyn Center city council to pass reforms including the use of social workers and other trained professionals to respond to medical, mental health and social-needs calls that do not require police.
The changes also prohibit police from making arrests for low-level offenses and require the city to use unarmed civilians to handle minor traffic violations.
The settlement is one of the largest involving police conduct Minnesota. 작년, the city of Minneapolis agreed to pay $27m to Floyd’s family.
Minneapolis previously paid $20m to the family of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who called 911 to report a suspected assault behind her home in July 2017 but was fatally shot by Mohamed Noor, one of the officers who responded. Noor is Somali American. Damond was white.