BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — Tensions between protesters and police intensified for the second night time in a row Monday, a day after a Brooklyn Middle police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, throughout a visitors cease.
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. Simply over 500 members of the Nationwide Guard have been known as in to patrol across the Twin Cities.
Crowds started gathering outdoors the Brooklyn Middle police station Monday afternoon, with a whole lot there by dusk regardless of the governor’s dusk-to-dawn curfew. A drum beat incessantly, and the group broke into frequent chants of “Daunte Wright!” Some shouted obscenities at officers.
About 90 minutes after the curfew deadline, police started firing fuel canisters and flash-bang grenades in an try to drive them away, sending clouds wafting over the group and pushing some again no less than briefly. Some protesters, sporting fuel masks, picked up smoke canisters and threw them again towards police.
At the very 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.
“Prayers will not be 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 little one is lifeless—they deserve solutions.” Vice President Kamala Harris stated on Twitter amidst protests.
The Minnesota Twins, Wild and Timberwolves all postponed residence video games scheduled for Monday.
“We got here to the conclusion that the proper factor to do was for us to not play at the moment, rooted in respect for the Wright household but in addition rooted in our thoughts within the security of all of these concerned in at the moment’s recreation,” Twins President Dave St. Peter stated.
Demonstrations have been already underway Monday night time in New York Metropolis, the place protesters blocked roads and the Manhattan Bridge in solidarity.
Throughout a information convention Monday, the Brooklyn Middle Police Division launched bodycam footage of the incident that happened in a Minneapolis suburb about 10 miles from the place George Floyd died in police custody final Might.
Wright was shot as soon as and died after the visitors cease, police Chief Tim Gannon stated. Bodycam footage confirmed two different officers approaching Wright’s automotive 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 3 times earlier than taking pictures Wright, then saying, “Oh (expletive), I simply shot him.”
The automotive 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.
Throughout the information convention, group members watching from the foyer of the Police Division headquarters expressed their anger as others protested outdoors.
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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 stored down?” stated Jonathan Mason, a group activist.
In an announcement, NAACP Nationwide President Derrick Johnson stated Wright “needs to be alive at the moment.”
“Whether or not or not it’s carelessness and negligence, or a blatant modern-day lynching, the outcome is identical. One other Black man has died by the hands of police,” Johnson stated.
Contributing: Ryan W. Miller, Eric Ferkenhoff and Jorge Ortiz, USA TODAY; The Related Press