Protesters clash with police after Minnesota man shot
A 20-year-old Black man died after a police officer shot him during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb on Sunday, sending hundreds of people into the streets where they clashed with police officers into Monday morning.
The protests in Brooklyn Center came hours before the 11th day of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who has been charged with murdering George Floyd, was set to begin in a courtroom less than 10 miles away.
Outside of the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Sunday night, smoke billowed into the air as a line of police officers fired rubber bullets and chemical agents at protesters, some of whom lobbed rocks, bags of garbage and water bottles at the police.
Mayor Mike Elliott of Brooklyn Center ordered a curfew until 6 a.m., and the local school superintendent said the district would move to remote learning on Monday “out of an abundance of caution.”
Frustration and anxiety
Elliott identified the victim early on Monday as Daunte Wright, 20. The shooting injected more frustration and anxiety into the Twin Cities region, where Floyd’s death and the destructive protests that followed are fresh on residents’ minds as they await a verdict in the Chauvin trial.
Chief Tim Gannon of the Brooklyn Center Police Department said an officer had shot the man on Sunday afternoon after pulling his car over for a traffic violation and discovering that the driver had a warrant out for his arrest.
As the police tried to detain the man, he stepped back into his car, at which point an officer shot him, Chief Gannon said.
The man’s car then traveled for several blocks and struck another vehicle, after which the police and medical workers pronounced him dead.
Chief Gannon did not give any information on the officer who fired or say how severe the crash had been, though the passengers in the other car were not injured.
The chief said he believed that officers’ body cameras had been turned on during the shooting.
Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, told reporters that her son had been driving a car that his family had just given him two weeks ago and that he had called her as he was being pulled over.
“He said they pulled him over because he had air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror,” she said.Ms.
Wright added that her son had been driving with his girlfriend when he was shot.
The police said a woman in the car had been hurt in the crash but that her injuries were not life-threatening.
Mayor Elliott said his “heart goes out” to Wright’s family and announced a news conference for 11 a.m. Central. - Agencies