MAJ Statement on the Death of Daunte Wright
We join our community in mourning the unjustified death of Daunte Wright, and in calling for much needed change. As we have said before, the Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ) stands against racism, violence and hate in all of its forms. MAJ—for 67 years—has been committed to protecting the rights of the injured and accused through our mission protecting the Constitution’s promise of justice for all. Again we have seen the life of another black man, Daunte Wright, taken by law enforcement, while our community reels during the public trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd. MAJ recognizes that systemic racism has cost far too many lives of people of color through police brutality and disproportionate incarceration rates as well as economic, educational and health disparities. We call on MAJ members and colleagues to support organizations that are black-led and that focus on black communities, to build allies, and to change the systems that have led to these disparities. MAJ joins with advocates for victims of systemic racism and excessive force across the nation in calling for legislative reform of various laws that provide immunity to police who injure or kill members of our respective communities by using unacceptable tactics. Finally, we stand with our members and colleagues of color who confront discrimination to speak with one voice for justice, equality, and inclusion.