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Watch: Trevor Noah weighs in on Daunte Wright’s death and US policing

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The South African-born comedian and The Daily Show host, Trevor Noah recently discussed the United States’ policing system and the death of Daunte Wright on Sunday 11 April.

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Trevor Noah on Daunte Wright’s death

According to TimesLive, the 20-year-old Wright was fatally shot by police, who claimed that it was an “accidental discharge” as the officer mistook her gun for a taser. The death caused shock waves, triggering unrest in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, US.

Now, Trevor said that these “mistakes” continue because of alleged trigger happy behaviour.

“You have to be f****** kidding me. A man was shot at a traffic stop because the police officer mixed up their gun and their taser? Is that even supposed to be a legitimate excuse? Look I am not saying tragic mistakes will never happen, what I am saying is that maybe if the police weren’t so quick to draw any weapon, then maybe people wouldn’t die,” said Trevor.

US police system

Trevor also means that the system continues to fail victims of police brutality as no progress of change has been made.

“They don’t care if you’re recording them. Sh*t, they don’t even care they’re recording themselves. And the reason they don’t care is because they know they’re going to get away with it. And until that changes, they’re just going to keep not caring,” Trevor said.

Trevor also said that US police “are looting black bodies”.

“Try to imagine how it must feel for black Americans when they watch themselves being looted every single day. Because that’s fundamentally what’s happening in America. Police in America are looting black bodies. I know someone might think that’s an extreme phrase, but it’s not,” said Trevor.

Watch: Daunte Wright’s Death & America’s Broken Policing System

Celebrities react

The American actor, author, and activist George Takei wrote on Twitter that he’s “too heartbroken for words on this latest killing”.

“Actually I will say something,” he added in a follow-up tweet. “(Breonna) Taylor was ‘accidentally’ shot by police in her home in Louisville. Botham Jean was ‘accidentally’ shot in Dallas by a cop who went in his apartment. Now Daunte Wright was ‘accidentally’ shot instead of tasered. Too many ‘accidents happen.”

Meanwhile, Beyoncé posted a tribute on her website on Monday 12 April, featuring a photo of Wright with the caption “REST IN PEACE DAUNTE WRIGHT.” 

“There has to be a better way,” tweeted Ray Fisher. “If there isn’t then we gotta make one.”

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