RACINE – Rep. Greta Neubauer (D-Racine) issued the following statement regarding the police shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, MN:
“Daunte Wright should be with his family today. Instead, once again, our nation is mourning the death of a young Black man at the hands of law enforcement.
“In just the last year, we have been rocked by grief again and again as our Black neighbors are killed or injured in encounters with people who were entrusted to protect and serve the whole community. Continued police violence against Black people is a symptom of the systemic racism and white supremacy deeply embedded in our country’s past and present.
“We cannot accept this ongoing pattern of violence and death, whether it happens in Minnesota, in Wisconsin, or anywhere else across our nation. This is not a “somewhere else” problem — this is a “right here” and “everywhere” problem. Too many of our neighbors experience fear at the sight of a squad car when they have done nothing wrong. Too many people are dead or injured.
“Over the last year, we have seen many bills introduced in the Legislature meant to begin the work of addressing systemic violence against our Black community members. We have seen calls for Special Sessions and a Task Force too. But under current Republican leadership, the Wisconsin State Legislature has not taken a single vote on any bill meant to address this deadly and ongoing crisis.
“We cannot accept this. We must continue to fight for Black lives. My thoughts are with Daunte Wright, his family, his community, and with every person struggling to process this newest tragedy in the long history of violence against Black people in our nation.”