Daunte Wright shooting: Protesters clash with police after curfew in Minnesota; Vice President Harris calls for 'justice and healing'

Written by on April 13, 2021


Curfew didn’t cease a whole bunch from a second day of protesting for Daunte Wright, a 20-year previous killed by Brooklyn Park Police on April 11, 2021. USA TODAY

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — Tensions between protesters and police intensified for the second night time in a row Monday, a day after a Brooklyn Center police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz imposed a curfew from 7 p.m. till 6 a.m. Tuesday for 3 counties that embrace Brooklyn Heart, 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. 

Crowds started gathering outdoors the Brooklyn Heart police station Monday afternoon, with a whole bunch 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.

However 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 not less than briefly. Some protesters, carrying fuel masks, picked up smoke canisters and threw them again towards police. 

No less than one arrest was made on suspicion of looting a Goal retailer, the Star Tribune reported, citing Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder.

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. 

A group of about 200 protesters marched in direction of a police precinct in Portland, Oregon. Police fired rubber bullets and flash bangs, ordering the crowd to disperse as some set off fireworks and broke home windows.

In Louisville, Kentucky, the place Breonna Taylor was shot by police simply over a 12 months in the past, protesters blocked traffic with tables and chairs, chanting Wright’s identify.

And in Los Angeles, the county sheriff plans to ask that the Nationwide Guard be placed on standby for the approaching days, in response to FOX-11 Los Angeles.

“Prayers usually are not 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 useless—they deserve solutions.” Vice President Kamala Harris said on Twitter amidst protests throughout the nation.

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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 appropriate factor to do was for us to not play as we speak, rooted in respect for the Wright household but in addition rooted in our thoughts within the security of all of these concerned in as we speak’s recreation,” Twins President Dave St. Peter mentioned.

Throughout a information convention Monday, the Brooklyn Heart Police Division launched physique digital camera footage of the incident that occurred in a Minneapolis suburb about 10 miles from the place George Floyd died in police custody last May.

Wright was shot as soon as and died after the site visitors cease, police Chief Tim Gannon mentioned. Physique cam footage confirmed two different officers approaching Wright’s automotive and the officer who fired the shot standing behind them.

Because the officer on the driving force aspect of the car started to handcuff Wright, he broke free, a wrestle ensued, and Wright jumped again into the driving force’s seat. An officer threatened to tase him, shouting, “Taser!” not 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 car.

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, neighborhood 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 saved down?” mentioned Jonathan Mason, a neighborhood activist.

In an announcement, NAACP Nationwide President Derrick Johnson mentioned Wright “must be alive as we speak.”

“Whether or not it’s carelessness and negligence, or a blatant modern-day lynching, the consequence is identical. One other Black man has died by the hands of police,” Johnson mentioned.

Brooklyn Heart Mayor Mike Elliott referred to as the taking pictures “deeply tragic” and mentioned the officer must be fired. He later introduced that town council had voted to offer his workplace “command authority” over the police division.

This “will streamline issues and set up a sequence of command and management,” he wrote on Twitter. He additionally mentioned town supervisor had been fired, and that the deputy metropolis supervisor would take over his duties.

Brooklyn Heart is a modest suburb simply north of Minneapolis that has seen its demographics shift dramatically lately. In 2000, greater than 70% of town was white. At the moment, a majority of residents are Black, Asian or Latino. 

Organizers from the Motion for Black Lives, a nationwide coalition of greater than 150 Black-led political and advocacy teams, pointed to Wright’s killing as but another excuse why cities should take up proposals for defunding an “irreparably damaged, racist system.”

“The truth that police killed him simply miles from the place they murdered George Floyd final 12 months is a slap within the face to a complete neighborhood,” mentioned Karissa Lewis, the coalition’s nationwide subject director.


20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot by a single bullet after Minnesota police say an officer by chance pulled out a gun as an alternative of taser. USA TODAY

Contributing: Ryan W. Miller, Eric Ferkenhoff and Jorge Ortiz, USA TODAY; The Related Press 

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