Curfew lifted after protests over death of Daunte Wright, 20-year-old Black man shot by police during traffic stop: What we know

Written by on April 12, 2021


A curfew was declared in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota after a police capturing and protests on Sunday night time. Police say officers tried to arrest a person throughout a site visitors cease, however the man drove off. An officer shot the person, who crashed and died. (April 12) AP Home

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minnesota – A curfew was lifted early Monday after the deadly police capturing of 20-year-old Black man during a traffic stop triggered an evening of protests.

Daunte Wright’s demise comes as Minneapolis, just 10 miles south, was already on edge in the midst of the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who’s going through homicide costs within the demise of George Floyd.

A lady who recognized herself as Wright’s mom, in accordance with a Fb Dwell video, mentioned her son was pulled over due to air fresheners hanging in his rearview mirror. Police in Brooklyn Heart mentioned in a statement the motive force they pulled over had an impressive warrant and obtained again into the car after they tried to take him into custody.

Police responded Sunday with riot gear as demonstrators gathered within the metropolis, mourning Wright’s demise. Video posted to Twitter confirmed police firing fuel and a chemical agent at protesters who gathered on the police division Sunday night time.

Early Monday, Humvees, building automobiles and police surrounded the constructing with graffiti on the division signal and particles littered about.

This is what we all know Monday:

What occurred in the course of the Daunte Wright capturing?

Brooklyn Heart Police Division mentioned in a press release that officers initiated a site visitors cease round 2 p.m. Sunday. The assertion didn’t point out what the preliminary cease was for apart from “a site visitors violation.” Officers decided the motive force had an impressive warrant and tried to take the motive force into custody, police mentioned. 

The motive force re-entered his car, and an officer shot him, police mentioned. The automobile drove a number of extra blocks earlier than putting one other car. Police mentioned the motive force died on the scene, and a girl within the passenger seat was hospitalized with non-life-threatening accidents.

Nobody within the different car was harmed, police mentioned. Officers have been additionally carrying physique cameras, which the division mentioned have been believed to be activated; the police automobile additionally had a dash-board digicam.

Daunte’s mom, Katie Wright, informed reporters her son was driving a car the household had given him weeks in the past and referred to as her as he was being pulled over together with his girlfriend within the automobile, the New York Times reported.

“He referred to as me at about 1:40, mentioned he was getting pulled over by the police,” she mentioned in a Fb Dwell video. “He mentioned they pulled him over as a result of he had air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror.”

The police division mentioned it requested the Bureau of Felony Apprehension to conduct an impartial investigation. 

Mayor Mike Elliott mentioned a information convention can be held Monday morning at Brooklyn Heart Metropolis Corridor.

What occurred in the course of the protests in Brooklyn Heart?

Folks gathered in Brooklyn Heart shortly after information unfold of Wright’s demise.

Wright’s household and pals have been amongst those that marched within the streets and carried indicators and flags that learn Black Lives Matter.

About 100 people had gathered near the scene where Wright died, in accordance with the Star-Tribune. Protesters pushed previous police tape, confronting officers donning riot gear and breaking the windshields of two police automobiles. Police fired non-lethal rounds to attempt to disperse the gang, the newspaper reported.

On the police division, a big crowd was met with armored law enforcement officials who shaped a riot line. The protest there had been largely peaceable up till that time. 

Police issued dispersal orders and fired tear fuel, flash bangs and rubber bullets into the gang of round 500 people who had gathered, the Star-Tribune reported.

John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Division of Public Security, mentioned protesters began throwing rocks and different objects. The group had largely dispersed by about 1:15 a.m. Monday.


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On the Shingle Creek procuring middle, about 20 companies had been damaged into, he mentioned. The Star-Tribune reported that looters focused a Walmart and destroyed a number of companies close by.

Home windows of a GameStop and UPS shops have been damaged Monday morning, and particles was on the bottom exterior.

The Nationwide Guard was activated Sunday, and Elliott ordered a curfew from 1 a.m. to six a.m. Monday. Elliot mentioned he had been in touch with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz.

“I’m carefully monitoring the scenario in Brooklyn Heart. Gwen and I are praying for Daunte Wright’s household as our state mourns one other lifetime of a Black man taken by legislation enforcement,” Walz tweeted on Sunday.

“Our hearts are with (Wright’s) household, and with all these in our neighborhood impacted by this tragedy,” Elliott mentioned in assertion. “Whereas we await extra data from the BCA who’s main the investigation, we proceed to ask that members of our neighborhood gathering accomplish that peacefully, amid our requires transparency and accountability.”

Brooklyn Heart Neighborhood Colleges’ buildings have been closed Monday and lessons will be held nearly, Superintendent Dr. Carly Baker said in a statement.

“We’re centered on taking steps within the second. I haven’t solely processed the tragedy that befell in our neighborhood and I’m prioritizing the protection and wellbeing of our college students, households, employees members and neighborhood members,” Baker mentioned.

In Minneapolis, photographs shared on social media confirmed folks gathering on the website of George Floyd’s demise, which has was a memorial, and portray “Justice for Daunte Wright” on the road.

Who was Daunte Wright?

As she spoke along with her son in the course of the site visitors cease, Katie Wright mentioned she informed him to offer the cellphone to officers so she may inform them insurance coverage data, the New York Instances reported.

“Then I heard the police officer come to the window and say, ‘Put the cellphone down and get out of the automobile,’” she mentioned, in accordance with the Instances.

Wright informed the Star-Tribune that she heard a scuffle in the course of the name and somebody say, “Daunte, do not run.” The decision ended and when she referred to as again, Wright’s girlfriend informed his mom that he had been shot, the Star-Tribune reported.

Aubrey Wright told the Washington Post that his son was driving to get a automobile wash when he was shot.

Wright mentioned he was on the grocery retailer when his spouse referred to as him to inform him that their son had been shot. He informed the Publish he arrived on the scene inside 10 minutes and noticed his son’s 2011 Buick LaCrosse partially destroyed and his physique on the bottom with a sheet over it.

“I do know my son. He was scared. He nonetheless (had) the thoughts of a 17-year-old as a result of we babied him,” Wright informed the Publish. “If he was resisting an arrest, you would Tase him. I don’t perceive it.”

Daunte Wright additionally had a 2-year-old, his father informed the newspaper. He mentioned Wright dropped out of highschool due to a studying incapacity however labored numerous retail and restaurant jobs to assist his son.

“He was an important child,” Wright informed the Publish. “He was a traditional child. He was by no means in deep trouble. He loved spending time together with his 2-year-old son. He beloved his son.”

On Monday morning within the neighborhood the place the capturing occurred, crime scene tape remained however police weren’t current.

Jennifer Nagel, 38, of Brooklyn Heart, was out cleansing up the road. “We’ve to care for one another,” Nagel, a trainer and mom of younger kids, mentioned. “This might’ve been any of these college students, my college students.”

The place do issues stand within the trial of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis?

Simply south of Brooklyn Heart in Minneapolis, the third week of testimony in the trial of Chauvin was set to get underway Monday. Chauvin is charged with second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s demise in police custody on Might 25, 2020.

After video of Floyd’s demise unfold final Might, widespread protests erupted for a number of days in Minneapolis and cities across the U.S.

Contributing: Grace Hauck and N’dea Yancey-Bragg

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