Daunte Wright’s older brother Damik Bryant told CNN he believed Wright did not know there was an arrest warrant against him.
Wright died following an encounter with Brooklyn Center police at a traffic stop Sunday afternoon.
Moments before the traffic stopped, Bryant said Wright was heading to Bryant’s new home for a visit. Bryant said he texted Wright asking what was taking so long, and Wright said he went to a car wash.
He said that when his brother was arrested, he texted him saying “I got arrested” and asked about the insurance information. Bryant said he told his brother to call their mother for this information and he did.
But by then, Bryant said, officers had already entered Wright’s name into the system. “So he called my mother. And she said put me on the phone with the officer, but he already told her her name not thinking he had a warrant, you know the cops got back to the car and the initial stop was for them. air fresheners, ”said Bryant.
“They asked him to get out of the car and you know his first instinct was, ‘What have I done, what’s wrong?’ And they were like, “Well, put the phone down, get out of the car now, we’ll talk to you when you get out.” So he gets out of the car, and you know there’s a bunch of cops already, you know, so they ask him to put his hands behind his back, then he tries to get in the car to leave and they have fired, ”said Bryant.
Although police did not explain why they carried out the initial traffic stop, his mother told CNN affiliate WCCO that Wright told her “they arrested him because of air fresheners. air were hanging from the rearview mirror “.
Wright’s girlfriend was getting into the car with him, Bryant told CNN.
“His girlfriend called my mom on FaceTime and said they shot Daunte and mom was like ‘let me see him’ and he was slumped,” Bryant said, wiping away tears. “We don’t even really know why. We know what happened and we don’t know why. “
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