American News Apr 13, 2021 6:10 PM EST

Obama says Americans need to 'reimagine policing' in wake of Daunte Wright incident

The former President did not expand on how policing and public safety should be "reimagined."

Obama says Americans need to 'reimagine policing' in wake of Daunte Wright incident
Noah David Alter Toronto
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Former President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that Americans must "reimagine policing" in response to the killing of Daunte Wright by police in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, Fox News reports.

"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," Obama said in a statement posted on Twitter.

"It's important to conduct a full and transparent investigation, but this is also a reminder of just how badly we need to reimagine policing and public safety in this country," he wrote.

The former President did not expand on how policing and public safety should be "reimagined."

The comments come as more radical elements within the Democratic Party calls for more radical changes to policing, such as defunding or abolition. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) called for "no more policing" in a tweet released on Monday.

Democrats in general have called for police reform since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year while under the knee of a police officer. The trial of the police officer, Derek Chauvin, is ongoing.

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