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Superintendent Gothard Statement on Brooklyn Center Police Shooting

Published 4/12/21

I am heartbroken at the tragic death of Daunte Wright at the hands of a police officer in Brooklyn Center yesterday. A 20-year-old young man, a brother, a son and father is gone. The repetitive cycle of traumatic events impacts many people. I am feeling and witnessing the impact of this horrific event, even more so because it happened so close to home.

While the details are still unfolding, this is yet another trauma in our community that brings a wide range of emotions, including sadness, hopelessness, anger, loss and pain. Each of our schools have a support team that is always available to work with students and staff.

There are no words that will bring comfort or resolution to this moment. We are all impacted by this traumatic event, the latest in what feels like a never-ending string of Black men dying at the hands of law enforcement. Daunte, George, Jamar, and our own Philando should all still be with us today.

SPPS encourages all of our students, families and community to follow the metro-wide curfew that goes into effect at 7 p.m., Monday, April 12. 

Please know there are resources to support you as our community processes this event, while experiencing the trauma of the Derek Chauvin trial.


In partnership,

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Joe Gothard, Superintendent