Death of Daunte Wright: Protests against police shooting of black man near Minneapolis | US News

The shooting scene

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Protests took place after police shot dead a black man during a traffic stop in Minnesota City at Brooklyn Center, just outside Minneapolis.

The man was named by his family Daunte Wright, 20.

He was arrested by police on Sunday – about 10 miles from where George Floyd died in a Minneapolis arrest last year – then got back in his car and drove off before he crashed.

He died at the scene.

Tear gas was used and rubber bullets were fired by police in riot gear to disperse hundreds of protesters who had gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department building on Sunday night, and a blanket fire imposed by Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott until 6 a.m. Monday morning after declaring a local emergency.

Protesters and police clashed after Daunte Wright’s death. Pic: AP
Family and friends of Daunte Wright. Pic: AP

Tensions were already high in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where a former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder and manslaughter of Mr. Floyd.

Chauvin, 45, was the officer seen kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds as he screamed he couldn’t breathe in May 2020.

The trial enters its third week today, with the courthouse surrounded by fences and soldiers of the National Guard.

Emergency services at the shooting location. Pic: AP

Crowds of protesters gathered after the latest incident.

Some protests were peaceful with signs indicating “Black lives matter” and chalk markings on the tarmac saying “Justice for Daunte Wright”.

However, some people vandalized police cars by jumping on them and throwing stones.

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz tweeted, “I’m monitoring the situation in Brooklyn Center closely.

“Gwen and I pray for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a black man taken by law enforcement. “

Police officers at protests
Police officers in riot gear during the protests. Pic: AP

Mr Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, told reporters at the scene that she received a phone call from her son on Sunday afternoon.

She said he told his police to arrest him for hanging air fresheners in his rearview mirror, which is illegal in the state.

“I heard fights and I heard the police say, ‘Daunte, don’t run’,” she said.

The call then ended and she said when she called back her son’s girlfriend answered and said he was dead in the driver’s seat.

In a statement, Brooklyn Center police said they arrested a man for a traffic violation just before 2 p.m. and found he had an outstanding arrest warrant.

Flash grenades were used to disperse the crowds.  Pic: AP
Flash grenades were used to disperse the crowds. Pic: AP

The statement added that when officers attempted to stop the man, he got back into the car.

A police officer shot the man, who was not identified in the statement.

The car then drove several blocks before colliding with another vehicle, with the man dying at the scene.

Police said the two officers’ body cameras were recording during the incident.

Police cars were vandalized during protests
Police cars were vandalized during the protests. Pic: AP

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension – which is part of the state’s law enforcement umbrella – is investigating the incident, but there are calls for a separate body to be created to conduct an independent investigation. .

The United States Civil Liberties Union has called for the footage of the shooting to be released.

A statement from the group said it was “deeply concerned that police here appear to have used hanging air fresheners as an excuse to make a pretextual arrest, which police do too often to target blacks.”

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