AOC: Daunte Wright's Death No ‘Accident,' But Part of an ‘Indefensible System'
Death resulted from 'an indefensible system'
Progressive U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued that the recent shooting death of Daunte Wright in Minnesota was not an "accident," going against official police reports.
The New York Democrat claimed in a Twitter post that Wright's death resulted from "an indefensible system that grants impunity for state violence."
According to Police Chief Tim Gannon, Minnesota police Officer Kim Potter mistakenly grabbed her gun instead of a stun gun before shooting Wright dead.
Gannon cited the sound of an officer’s voice shouting "Taser! Taser! Taser!" on police video.
Wright was shot on Sunday afternoon as he attempted to escape from police officers who pulled him over because of expired license plate tags.
Police confirmed Gannon and Potter submitted their resignations Tuesday.
"Daunte Wright’s killing was not a random, disconnected ‘accident,’" Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
"It was the repeated outcome of an indefensible system that grants impunity for state violence, rewards it w/ endlessly growing budgets at the cost of community investment, & targets those who question that order."
Cameras, chokehold bans, “retraining” funds, and similar reform measures do not ultimately solve what is a systemic problem.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 13, 2021
That system will find a way - killings happen on camera, people are killed in other ways, retraining grows $ while often substituting for deeper measures.
AOC then described the shooting as part of a "systemic problem."
"Cameras, chokehold bans, ‘retraining’ funds, and similar reform measures do not ultimately solve what is a systemic problem," she wrote.
"That system will find a way," she continued.
"Killings happen on camera, people are killed in other ways, retraining grows $ while often substituting for deeper measures."
Following the news of Wright's death, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) called for the scrapping of the entire US legal justice system, arguing that "policing" and "incarceration" must be abolished because they "can't be reformed."
The Democrat congresswoman was slammed after making the most extreme of any notable public figure over the last year.
"It wasn’t an accident," Tlaib said on Twitter, without evidence.
"Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist,” the lawmaker continued.
"Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence."
"I am done with those who condone government funded murder."
"No more policing, incarceration, and militarization."