Police shot and killed a 20-year-old black man Sunday outside Minneapolis – a few miles from where Derek Chauvin is in process for the assassination of George Floyd.
Police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, said in a statement statement that officers fired a driver for a traffic violation about 2 a.m. Sunday, after they learned he had a warrant pending. They started arresting him, but “the driver got back into the vehicle,” and then an officer pulled him over.
Police have not released the victim’s name, however Katie Wright identified him like his son, Daunte Wright, 20 years old.
The shot was fired hundreds of people to gather in front of the Brooklyn Center police department headquarters Sunday evening. Police fired tear gas, projects, and grenade flash-bang to the protesters, as captured by photos and video he tweeted from the scene. Later, around 11:30 p.m., the police said the protests were “illegal”. and threatened to arrest anyone who stopped him, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. Commissioner John Harrington of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Monday morning that about 20 businesses had been looted.
Earlier in the day, hundreds of people had gathered at the scene of Wright’s death. Cleaning officers they come in autumn of revolt, according to Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Kim Hyatt. Some protesters smashed the police car windshield, and a police officer shot a man with a rubber bullet, Hyatt tweeted.
Wright’s mother, Katie, said her son was taking his new car to be cleaned when he was pulled over by police, according to an MPR News tweet journalist Tim Nelson. In a video shared on Facebook Live, Katie Wright said she was pulled over to have air purifiers in her car. (In some states, it is illegal to hang air purifiers from a rearview mirror.)
Brooklyn Center police did not disclose a specific “traffic violation” in their statement. The officers involved were carrying cameras from the body, which police believe “were activated during this incident.”
Wright’s friend had been in the car at the time of the shooting. Brooklyn Center police said a woman passenger in the car was being treated for injuries at a local hospital.
Wright is the father of one child, Daunte Jr., which will take place July 2, according to Star Tribune journalist Kim Hyatt.
Wright’s death comes at a time of heightened tension in and around Minneapolis, with a verdict looming over the assassination of George Floyd in May 2020. Floyd’s death sparked a wave of protests across the country last year, and the country’s police have responded to these protests with violence.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who killed Floyd, has been on trial for murder since early March. When the process began, government buildings in Minneapolis were closed surrounded by barricades and fencing, and authorities called in thousands of police officers and members of the National Guard.
The National Guard arrived at the Brooklyn Center Monday morning after Sunday’s shooting, according to Star Tribune reporter Andy Mannix. Harrington, the commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, said State troops are also be distributed in the area, and state officials are considering a curfew, according to Minneapolis Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson.
The Minnesota Department of Public Security’s Criminal Appeals Department, a state agency that assists in certain state and local police investigations, he tweeted Sunday that agents are on their way to the Brooklyn Center to investigate the shooting.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz he tweeted Sunday that he “closely monitored the situation at the Brooklyn Center” and “prayed for Daunte Wright’s family that our state would mourn another life of a Negro taken by the ordination.”
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott he tweeted Sunday that the shooting was “tragic.” He asked the protesters to be peaceful, and that the police did not respond forcefully.
Brooklyn Center police did not respond to a request for comment.