Thompson was a friend of Philando Castile, who was fatally shot by a police officer throughout a site visitors cease in Falcon Heights, outdoors Minneapolis, in July 2016.
“Somebody tell Al Sharpton and Ben Crump to rent apartments here because we are going to be here, there’s going to be another dead man here in the state of Minnesota before the summer,” he instructed NCS’s Don Lemon he mentioned on the rally.
Then, somebody got here operating as much as inform him that Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, had been fatally shot by police in a site visitors cease.
“You fit the description, I fit the description, you may fit the description on 90% of the calls that come across these radios,” Thompson mentioned at a press convention concerning Wright’s demise. “I don’t want to fail another young man. We failed George Floyd, we failed Daunte, we failed Philando.”
One of the most important failures, Thompson mentioned, was the state accepting incremental adjustments after Castile’s demise.
Instead of simply implicit bias and de-escalation coaching, Thompson is asking for police accountability to be put into laws.
“I’m not anti-police, I’m just anti-BS,” Thompson mentioned.
Thirty-two-year-old Castile was stopped by an officer close to a retailer in 2016. He instructed the officer he had a gun within the automotive, which he had a allow to hold, and the officer — claiming he was afraid Castile was reaching for his gun — shot him.
Just the day before, longtime coworkers Thompson and Castile have been speaking in entrance of the shop close to the place he would lose his life, Thompson mentioned. Thompson bought choked up describing how the newest shooting reopened the injuries of dropping his friend.
“I can’t keep ingesting this in my body, so I have to do something,” he mentioned.