Local Reaction to the Fatal Shooting of Daunte Wright
Like the unrest the death of George Floyd brought to Minnesota and the entire nation last year, the death of Daunte Wright is sparking similar upset.
Biloxi NAACP President James Crowell voiced his concerns about the relationship the black community and law enforcement have developed, even here on the Coast.
Crowell said that law enforcement training should include knowing the difference between how a taser and a gun feels when reaching for it.
“I hope that one day that we can train these policemen to not take so serious that every black is going to kill them. Because a lot of– I know I do. I have respect for the police. When I have a problem in my home, I call them. You know, because I want to depend on them to protect us and that’s why I think most of our black people in our community that they feel like they want to be protected, but not murdered,” said Crowell.
When it comes to taking steps to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the black community in South Mississippi, Crowell says the Biloxi NAACP has tried to arrange meetings with the police.