BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — Tensions between protesters and police intensified for the second night time in a row Monday across the nation, a day after a Brooklyn Middle police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, throughout a site visitors cease.
“Prayers aren’t sufficient. Daunte Wright ought to nonetheless be with us. Whereas an investigation is underway, our nation wants justice and therapeutic, and Daunte’s household must know why their youngster is useless—they deserve solutions.” Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned on Twitter amidst protests.
Crowds started gathering exterior the Brooklyn Middle police station Monday afternoon, with tons of there by dusk regardless of the governor’s dusk-to-dawn curfew. A drum beat incessantly, and the gang broke into frequent chants of “Daunte Wright!” Some shouted obscenities at officers.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz imposed a curfew from 7 p.m. till 6 a.m. Tuesday for 3 counties that embrace Brooklyn Middle, Minneapolis, and the capital of St. Paul.“The biggest police presence” in Minnesota historical past been referred to as in to patrol across the Twin Cities, he mentioned throughout a information convention earlier that day.
However about 90 minutes after the curfew deadline, police started firing gasoline canisters and flash-bang grenades in an try and drive them away, sending clouds wafting over the gang and pushing some again no less than briefly. Some protesters, sporting gasoline masks, picked up smoke canisters and threw them again towards police. At the least one arrest was made.
A candlelight memorial for Wright, together with a raised fist statue, was additionally erected the place he was shot Monday night time.
Demonstrations in New York Metropolis have been comparatively peaceable — protesters blocked roads and the Manhattan Bridge in solidarity, however no arrests have been made.
A small crowd gathered in Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland, California, for a vigil. Oscar Grant was fatally shot by Oakland police in 2009.
In Portland, Oregon, vigils for Wright rapidly escalated as a bunch of protesters marched in direction of a police precinct, reported The New York Instances.
And in Los Angeles, the county sheriff plans to ask that the Nationwide Guard be placed on standby for the approaching days, in line with FOX-11 Los Angeles.
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The Minnesota Twins, Wild and Timberwolves all postponed dwelling video games scheduled for Monday.
“We got here to the conclusion that the fitting factor to do was for us to not play at present, rooted in respect for the Wright household but in addition rooted in our thoughts within the security of all of these concerned in at present’s recreation,” Twins President Dave St. Peter mentioned.
Throughout a information convention Monday, the Brooklyn Middle Police Division launched bodycam footage of the incident that came about in a Minneapolis suburb about 10 miles from the place George Floyd died in police custody final Could.
Wright was shot as soon as and died after the site visitors cease, police Chief Tim Gannon mentioned. Bodycam footage confirmed two different officers approaching Wright’s automobile and the officer who fired the shot standing behind them.
Because the officer on the motive force aspect of the automobile started to handcuff Wright, he broke free, a battle ensued, and Wright jumped again into the motive force’s seat. An officer threatened to tase him, shouting, “Taser!” no less than thrice earlier than taking pictures Wright, then saying, “Oh (expletive), I simply shot him.”
The automobile drove away, touring a number of blocks earlier than hitting one other automobile.
Wright’s demise, which set off protests and unrest Sunday night time, was dominated a murder by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.
In the course of the information convention, group members watching from the foyer of the Police Division headquarters expressed their anger as others protested exterior.
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“That is homicide. That is white supremacy. Who’s going to face up for our ancestors who constructed this land however are nonetheless saved down?” mentioned Jonathan Mason, a group activist.
In an announcement, NAACP Nationwide President Derrick Johnson mentioned Wright “must be alive at present.”
“Whether or not it’s carelessness and negligence, or a blatant modern-day lynching, the consequence is similar. One other Black man has died by the hands of police,” Johnson mentioned.
Contributing: Ryan W. Miller, Eric Ferkenhoff and Jorge Ortiz, USA TODAY; The Related Press