Daunte Wright Lawyer Shares Video of White Man Beating Cop With 'Not One Taser or Gun in Sight'

Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney representing the family of Daunte Wright, called out police for saying Wright's killing resulted from an "accidental discharge" by sharing a video clip of a white suspect beating officers and stealing their vehicle without the police even touching their Tasers or guns.

Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, officer Kim Potter, who worked for the police department for 26 years, during a traffic stop last Sunday. Body camera footage from the shooting suggests that Potter intended to deploy her Taser but instead fired her gun. Before the shooting, she can be heard yelling, "Taser! Taser! Taser!"

"This white man was resisting arrest, BEATING A COP with his own baton, and driving away in their police car, and there is not one taser or gun in sight... yet #DaunteWright was killed for a minor traffic violation. #TwoAmericas," Crump tweeted on Thursday. He shared the clip of the white suspect resisting arrest and escaping in a police vehicle.

This white man was resisting arrest, BEATING A COP with his own baton, and driving away in their police car, and there is not one taser or gun in sight… yet #DaunteWright was killed for a minor traffic violation. #TwoAmericas pic.twitter.com/SeVFLuawtX

— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) April 15, 2021

An autopsy of Wright's body showed that he was shot once in the chest. Potter resigned this week and has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Protests have rocked Brooklyn Center and the surrounding areas in the wake of the shooting, with many angered that police described the killing as an accident.

"I can't accept that—a mistake, that doesn't even sound right," Wright's father, Aubrey Wright, told ABC News' Good Morning America on Tuesday. "This officer has been on the force for 26 years. I can't accept that."

The video shared by Crump is from a December 2018 incident in Pulaski County, Arkansas. In the clip, two officers can be seen struggling with the 51-year-old Jerry York. Although he is on the ground at the start of the video, he manages to get up after stealing one of the police officer's batons. York proceeds to beat the officers, gets inside their vehicle and then drives off.

The police officers later managed to stop York and arrested him. He was charged with two counts of a felony of criminal attempt to commit capital murder, two counts of a felony of first-degree battery, a felony of theft of property, a felony of criminal mischief and a misdemeanor of resisting arrest, local ABC News affiliate KATV reported at the time.

Ben Crump
Attorney Ben Crump speaks during an April 14 press conference on the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota last weekend. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Black Lives Matter activists and civil rights leaders have previously shared the clip to point to disparities in how police respond to white suspects compared with Black Americans.

"Jerry resists arrest. ⁣Jerry steals officers baton.⁣ Beats cops with their batons.⁣ Steals their police car.⁣ ⁣Police never fire a single shot at Jerry. ⁣ ⁣No stun gun. Nothing. ⁣American police know how to use restraint. They do.⁣ ⁣For some reason it's just always with Jerry.⁣ ⁣Never with Rayshard," activist Shaun King wrote in a 2020 Facebook post sharing the video.

King was referring to the police killing of Rayshard Brooks, who was shot in the back as he fled from police in Atlanta last summer.

Newsweek reached out to the Brooklyn Center police for comment but did not hear back before publication.