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‘It has to stop’ – NBA’s Okogie makes powerful statement after Wright killing

 NBA star Josh Okogie has spoken about the killing of Black man Daunte Wright, saying such incidents are ‘disgusting’ and ‘sickening’.

The Minnesota Timberwolves player was talking to the media following his sides defeat to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. The match was due to take place on Monday, but was postponed by 24 hours as a mark of respect after Wright was shot dead by a police officer in Brooklyn Centre, near Minneapolis on Sunday. 

Wright’s deadly encounter began when police pulled him over in his car for what they said was an expired auto registration. 

According to the police, officers then discovered a warrant for his arrest in their systems. When Wright broke away from one officer and climbed back into his car in an apparent bid to flee, a second officer, since identified as Kim Potter, accidentally drew her pistol instead of her Taser and opened fire.

The incident has led to days of protests in Minneapolis, already on a knife-edge because Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of George Floyd, a Black man killed last May.

“It is happening too frequent,” said Okogie. “A young 20-year-old kid gets killed not too far from where they are having a trial for another black man getting killed. That shouldn’t happen, it shouldn’t be that frequent where somebody gets killed doing the same thing that somebody else has been on trial for doing. Like that just doesn’t make any sense.

“It’s just sickening, it is sad, it is disgusting and it just has to stop.”

(Production: Iain Axon)

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