Police brutality doesn’t take days off, not even as the country watches the trial of a generation. Since last May, many took to the streets to protest. Corporate gesturing has become commonplace. Yet, Black people dying in police custody continues. Calling Wright’s death an accident caused harm by diminishing the problem of systemic racism in policing. Out of respect for his family, the media should stop characterizing his death in this way. As long as society keeps calling Black pain a mistake, they take responsibility away from those causing it. America cannot heal through disillusionment. As the Wright family says:
Thank you for your admirable clarity in the midst of personal and collective trauma. This analysis is vital to resist the attempt at minimisation and obfuscation by the police chief.