Ben & Jerry's tweeted that the "murder" of Daunte Wright at the hands of police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, over the weekend "is rooted in white supremacy and results from the intentional criminalization of Black and Brown communities."
The ice cream giant — long known for using its platform to push left-wing sociopolitical agendas — added a "DefundThePolice" hashtag in its Monday tweet and also declared that "this system can't be reformed. It must be dismantled and a real system of public safety rebuilt from the ground up."
What's the background?
Wright was pulled over by police Sunday, after which he resisted arrest and was fatally shot by Officer Kim Potter, who said she intended to use her Taser but mistakenly grabbed her service weapon instead.
Authorities said Wright had expired vehicle tags — and it was reported that at the time of the traffic stop he had an outstanding warrant on an attempted robbery charge over an incident during which he allegedly choked a woman and held her at gunpoint.