Police shot and killed a 20-year-old black man outside Minneapolis on Sunday, just a few miles from where Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd’s murder.
Police from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, said in a statement that officers stopped a driver for a traffic violation on Sunday around 2pm, then learned he had a warrant pending. They started arresting him, but “the driver re-entered the vehicle” and then an officer shot him.
Police did not release the victim’s name, but Katie Wright identified him as her son, Daunte Wright, 20.
The shooting led hundreds of people to gather in front of the Brooklyn Center Police Department headquarters Sunday night. The police fired tear gas, bulletsand explosive grenades against demonstrators, as captured by images is video tweeted from the scene. Later, around 11:30 pm, police declared the protests “illegal” and threatened to arrest anyone who remained, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said Monday morning about 20 companies had been looted.
Earlier in the day, hundreds had gathered at Wright’s death scene. Policemen arrived in riot gear, according to Kim Hyatt, a reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Some demonstrators destroyed the police car windscreenand a cop shot a man with a rubber bullet, Hyatt tweeted.
Wright’s mother Katie said her son was taking his new car to clean it when he was stopped by police, according to a tweet from MPR News. reporter Tim Nelson. In a video shared on Facebook Live, Katie Wright said she was stopped for having air fresheners in her car. (In some states, it’s illegal to dangle air fresheners out of a rearview mirror.)
Brooklyn Center police did not disclose a specific “traffic violation” in their statement. The officers involved wore body cameras, which police believe “were activated during this incident”.
Wright’s girlfriend was reportedly in the car at the time of the shooting. Brooklyn Center police said a passenger in a car was treated for her injuries at a local hospital.
Wright is the father of a small child, Daunte Jr., which will turn 2 in July, according to Star Tribune reporter Kim Hyatt.
Wright’s death comes at a time of heightened tension in and around Minneapolis, with a verdict looming over George Floyd’s murder in May 2020. Floyd’s death sparked a wave of protests across the country last year. year and police across the country responded to these protests with violence.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who killed Floyd, has been on trial for murder since the beginning of March. When the trial began, government buildings in Minneapolis were surrounded by barricades and fences, and authorities called in thousands of police officers and members of the National Guard.
The National Guard has arrived at the Brooklyn Center Monday morning after Sunday’s shooting, according to Star Tribune reporter Andy Mannix. Harrington, the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, said so are state troops. be distributed in the area, and so are state officials considering a curfew, according to Minneapolis public radio reporter Tim Nelson.
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, a state agency that helps with some state and local police investigations, he tweeted on Sunday that the agents are headed to the Brooklyn Center to investigate the shooting.
Minnesota Gov. Tim walz he tweeted on Sunday who was “closely monitoring the situation in the Brooklyn Center” and “praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a black man taken by law enforcement.”
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott he tweeted on Sunday that the shooting was “tragic”. He asked the demonstrators to be peaceful and that the police do not respond with force.
Brooklyn Center police did not respond to a request for comment.