The city of Minneapolis was already in enough pain as its citizens were reliving the murder of George Floyd when the Derek Chauvin trial began. In the waning days of testimony, a fresh wound was created when 20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a white female police officer not far from where Floyd took his final and painful breaths under Chauvin’s knee. Black Lives Matter protestors have been in the streets for the last three nights to once again call attention to Black men dying at the hands of police brutality.
Now a new video interview reveals a tragic connection between George Floyd and Daunte Wright. Courteney Ross, who was George Floyd’s girlfriend, appeared at a joint press conference with the Floyds, the Wrights, and attorney Ben Crump on Tuesday, and told an interviewer afterward that not only did she know Wright, she “worked with him for years”, because Ross was his teacher.
Ross, who had been in a relationship with George Floyd for three years until his death on May 25 last year, had worked as a dean at Edison High School while Daunte Wright was in attendance there.
LIVE NOW: Watch our news conference with the Wright and Floyd families as we demand justice for Daunte and George, who were BOTH killed at the hands of police in Minneapolis! https://t.co/7nWBKyRvP1
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) April 13, 2021
Wright was shot and killed by Minneapolis Police Officer Kim Potter on Sunday, amid the trial of Derek Chauvin, the officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes last summer. Potter, a 26-year-old police veteran, killed 20-year-old Wright during a traffic stop. She apparently meant to use her Taser instead of her handgun. Potter has resigned and will be brought up on manslaughter charges, it was announced on Wednesday.
Here is Ross’s brief statement: