Police shot and killed a 20-year-old black man on Sunday outside Minneapolis – just a few miles from Derek Chauvin’s whereabouts. On trial To kill George Floyd.
Police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, A. statement Officers arrested a driver for a traffic violation around 2 p.m. on Sunday, then learned he had an arrest warrant pending. They started arresting him, but “the driver got into the car again,” and then one of the officers shot him.
The police have not released the victim’s name, however Katie Wright recognized him Her son, 20-year-old Don Wright.
The shooting resulted Hundreds of people To rally in front of the Brooklyn Center Police Department headquarters on Sunday evening. The police shot tear gasAnd the Projectiles, And the Flash blast grenades The protesters also seized it Pictures And the Videos He tweeted from the scene. Later, around 11:30 p.m., the police Declare protests “illegal” He threatened to arrest anyone who remained, the Minnesota Public News reported. Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington claimed Monday morning that About 20 companies were looted.
Earlier in the day, hundreds had gathered at the scene of Wright’s murder. Police officers He arrived in riot gearAccording to Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Kim Hyatt. Some protesters smashed a police car front glassA police officer shot a man with a rubber bullet, Tweet a life.
Wright’s mother, Katie, said her son was taking his new car to clean it when police stopped him, according to a tweet published by MPR News. Reporter Tim Nelson. In a video shared on Facebook Live, Katie Wright said he was arrested for having air fresheners in his car. (In some states, it’s illegal to hang air fresheners From the rearview mirror.)
Brooklyn Center Police did not disclose in its statement a specific “traffic offense”. The officers involved were wearing cameras that the police believed “were activated during this incident.”
Wright’s girlfriend was reportedly in the car at the time of the shooting. Brooklyn Center Police said that a female passenger was treated for injuries at a local hospital.
Wright is Father of a young child, Daunte Jr., Who will turn 2 years old in July, according to Star Tribune reporter Kim Hyatt.
Wright’s death comes at a time of heightened tension in and around Minneapolis, as a verdict looms over the death of George Floyd in May 2020. The death of Floyd A. The wave of protests Across the country last year, police across the country responded to these protests Violently.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who killed Floyd, has been on trial for the murder since early March. When the trial began the government buildings were in Minneapolis It is surrounded by barriers and fencesThousands of police officers and National Guard members have been summoned by the authorities.
The National Guard has arrived At the Brooklyn Center on Monday morning following the Sunday shooting, according to Star Tribune reporter Andy Mannix. Harrington, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety commissioner, said state soldiers as well It is being deployed in the regionAnd state officials Consider curfewsAccording to Minneapolis Radio General Correspondent Tim Nelson.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Detention Office, a statewide agency that assists with specific state and local police investigations, She tweets Sunday Agents are on their way to the Brooklyn Center to investigate the shooting.
Minnesota Governor Tim Falls She tweets Sunday That he was “closely monitoring the situation at the Brooklyn Center” and that he was “praying for the family of Don Wright as our state mourns another life of a black man kidnapped by law enforcement.”
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott She tweets Sunday The shooting was “tragic.” He asked the protesters to be peaceful, and for the police not to respond forcefully.
Brooklyn Center Police did not respond to a request for comment.