On April 11th, riots broke out in the US city of Minneapolis after a policeman fatally shot a young Black man.
The man was identified as Daunte Wright.
Initially, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said it is “investigating an officer-involved shooting incident” in Brooklyn Center but declined to identify the victim.
According to a statement from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, officers pulled over a driver for a traffic violation. When they discovered he had an outstanding warrant, they tried to take him into custody.
He got back into his car, and one of the officers fired their weapon, striking the driver, who died at the scene.
The vehicle travelled several blocks before striking another vehicle, police said, adding both officers’ body cameras were activated during the incident.
A female passenger in the car suffered “non-life threatening injuries” and was transported to a local hospital, said the statement, which did not identify the woman.
Brooklyn City mayor Mike Elliott called the shooting “tragic”.
“We are asking the protesters to continue to be peaceful and that peaceful protesters are not dealt with force,” he said.
The incident happened close to where George Floyd was killed in 2020.
Hundreds of people, some carrying a sign demanding “Justice for George Floyd”, confronted police in riot gear.
Brooklyn Center police set off flash bangs and fired tear gas into the crowd of protesters who had gathered outside the police station.
National Guard troops were deployed just before midnight.
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“All he did was have air fresheners in the car and they told him to get out of the car,” Wright said.
“He got out of the car and his girlfriend said they shot him,” she said. “He got back in the car and he drove away and crashed and now he’s dead on the ground… Nobody will tell us anything. Nobody will talk to us… I said please take my son off the ground.”
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said he was monitoring the situation closely.
“Gwen and I are praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement,” he said on Twitter.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota described the initial details of the shooting as “troubling”.
“The ACLU-MN has deep concerns that police here appear to have used dangling air fresheners as an excuse for making a pretextual stop, something police do all too often to target Black people,” the group said in a statement. “The warrant appears to be for a non-felony.”
It called for a “transparent and independent investigation by an outside agency other than the Brooklyn Center Police”.
The ACLU also appealed for the “quick release of any body-cam footage” and “the naming of all officers and agencies involved”.
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