WASHINGTON, D.C. –Yesterday, a 20-year-old unarmed Black man was killed during a traffic violation stop in a suburb of Minneapolis.

Center for Responsible Lending President Michael Calhoun made the following statement:

We offer the family of Daunte Wright, who was a beloved father and son, our sympathy, as we support the Black community and their allies who are expressing their pain and rage just miles from where a former police officer is being tried for the murder of George Floyd.

Black Americans are living in fear for themselves and their families because police are not being held accountable for senseless killings of unarmed Black men and women. In spite of introspection and activism by many in our society since the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, the relentless brutality and injustice continues. Disturbing footage released Sunday of Army Lieutenant Caron Nazario being horrifically treated by Virginia law enforcement adds additional distress to communities who must live their lives protecting themselves from those who are meant to protect them.

Every violation of the basic human rights that Black people are entitled to, but too often denied, must be acknowledged, examined, and addressed until these tragedies are no longer seen as inevitable or inexorable. We must continue the push toward justice until we truly arrive.


Press Contact: carol.parish@responsiblelending.org

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