Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) used her eulogy during Daunte Wright’s funeral in Minneapolis on Thursday to talk about herself and condemn Columbus Police for the death of Ma’Khia Bryant, an act she called “a tragedy.”
Rising to address the congregation, Omar began by issuing an Arabic greeting and extolling Al Sharpton. “Thank you, Reverend Al Sharpton, for being here, and for that beautiful eulogy,” she said. “Most of us in this room, including myself, look at you as a guardian, and are blessed to be in your presence.”
“And may Daunte Wright serve as a guardian for all of us,” Omar continued. “But as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus — as one of the youngest and newest members of the Congressional Black Caucus — I also have guardians: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and our chairwoman, Joyce Beatty, serve as guardians for me and many of my colleagues.”
“Joyce Beatty was going to be here and speak on our behalf as the chairwoman of our caucus; but just like we’ve been visited by tragedy here in Minnesota often, she, in Columbus, Ohio, was visited by a tragedy of a young woman whose life was taken by Columbus Police.”
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 22, 2021
An emotional Omar went on to read the resolution of congressional condolences filed by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) on behalf of Wright, which quoted portions of the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. She also presented Wright’s parents with an American flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol in Wright’s memory.
Riots erupted in Minneapolis following the officer-involved death of Wright, who was killed April 11 when police tried to arrest him after a traffic stop. Wright, 20, had a warrant out for his arrest for a misdemeanor weapons charge. When officers were trying to arrest him, he pulled away and attempted to enter his car, according to a summary of the fatal altercation from the Washington County Attorney’s Office.
Former police officer Kim Potter, who has since been formally charged with second-degree manslaughter, was arrested approximately 24 hours after the city announced she had submitted a letter of resignation.
As The Daily Wire reported:
The criminal complaint against Potter states that she pulled her Glock 9mm handgun with her right hand, and proceeded to point it at Wright and say she would tase him, according to the Washington County Attorney’s Office. Within seconds, Potter said “taser” three times and fired a single round from her gun into Wright, who said, “ah, he shot me.” After firing the gun once, Potter proclaimed, “Sh*t, I just shot him.”
Outrage also erupted after a Columbus police officer fatally shot Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, after she apparently pulled a knife on another girl during a scuffle to which police were called to intervene. Video emerged after initial reports that depict Bryant yelling “I’m going to stab the f*** out of you, b****,” as she lunged toward the girl before she was shot.