Wright was shot and killed by a police officer Sunday throughout a routine site visitors cease in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
“The fact that this could happen even as the city of Minneapolis is going through the trial of Derek Chauvin and reliving the heart-wrenching murder of George Floyd indicates not just how important it is to conduct a full and transparent investigation, but also just how badly we need to reimagine policing and public safety in this country,” the Obamas, who had been America’s first Black president and first woman and been outspoken on points of race, stated.
The former President stated he and Michelle “grieve alongside the Wright family for their loss.”
“We empathize with the pain that Black mothers, fathers, and children are feeling after yet another senseless tragedy,” the Obamas stated. “And we will continue to work with all fair-minded Americans to confront historical inequities and bring about nationwide changes that are so long overdue.”
“These fatal shootings are not isolated incidents. They are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year, and the resulting lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve,” he stated in 2016.