Daunte Wright is accused of assaulting a woman and shooting two people between 2019 and three weeks before his death.
Wright made national headlines when he was shot and killed by former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter, who is now out on a $100,000 bond awaiting a manslaughter trial.
Since these allegations have come to light, Democrats and Social Justice activists who flocked to his funeral have gone quiet.
The Wright estate is now faced with legal accusations that Wright shot a former classmate and another individual on separate occasions. Civil lawsuits are currently pending.
In May 2019, according to one of the lawsuits, 16-year-old Caleb Livingston was at a Minneapolis Full Stop gas station when Wright allegedly pulled out a gun and shot him in the head.
A memorandum filed in the case claims Wright and Livingston were childhood friends before having a falling out. Livingston’s “first sleep over as a boy was at Wright’s home,” according to reports.
Livingston is now in a “vegetative state known as unresponsive wakefulness syndrome,” Mike Padden claims in the lawsuit. This suit was initially filed on May 4 under seal. A judge recently ruled the case could be unsealed.
Padden, who is representing both plaintiffs against Wright’s estate, said the lawsuit was filed “because of the statute of limitations. [Minnesota] Law does not permit a case like this to be or remain sealed. Having said that, the allegations are valid.”
In court documents, Livingston’s mother also alleges that Wright had a lengthy criminal history as a gang member. Court filings also say Livingston “beat up” Wright in front of others.
Seven months after the alleged shooting, Wright was charged with aggravated robbery after being accused of holding a young woman at gunpoint, choking her, and demanding she hand him hundreds of dollars.
She told police that he “choked her while trying to pull the cash out from under her bra,” but she was able to free herself, and Wright fled.
Wright continued to disrespect the law when he violated the terms of his probation by waving a handgun before ditching it near a Minneapolis intersection and eluding responding officers.
A warrant stemming from this incident surfaced when Wright was pulled over in April.
According to the second civil lawsuit, just three weeks before his death, Wright continued on his path of destruction when he shot Joshua Hodges in the leg and stole his car. Wright was with an accomplice, whose bullet is said to have broken his fibula, struck an artery, and left permanent damage.
Hodges identified Wright as the shooter, claiming he saw Wright’s face without a mask on before the carjacking. It is reported that the two made eye contact.
The civil complaint wants to make it clear what kind of person Daunte Wright really is. “[Wright] was accidentally killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer on April 11, 2021, approximately three weeks after his crimes against [Hodges],” reads the civil complaint. “After that accidental death, a false narrative began establishing [Wright] as a young person that young people looked up to, when in fact a warrant was in place for his violations of law on bond for a past crime. [He] had previously chosen a life of crime.”
The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 from Wright’s estate due to “grievous and permanent injuries to Livingston’s body and nervous system, past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity, past and future medical expenses, past and future pain, suffering … and severe emotional distress”.