Protests erupted in the city of Brooklyn Center near Minneapolis after police shot a Black 20-year-old man dead at a traffic stop on April 11.
A crowd of about 500 people gathered at the Brooklyn Center police headquarters, demanding justice for the death of Daunte Wright, whom family members, not authorities, identified as the driver fatally shot by police.
Police officers wearing riot gear used tear gas, flash-bang grenades, and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd, according to local media.
In a tweet, Mayor Mike Elliot described the shooting as “tragic” and asked protesters “to continue to be peaceful and that peaceful protesters are not dealt with force.”
According to the police, officers pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation. Police said the driver, who had a warrant, went back into the vehicle and drove away when they tried to arrest him. An officer fired at the vehicle, striking the driver and causing the vehicle to crash onto another vehicle.
Police and medical personnel performed measures to save Wright’s life, however he was declared dead at the scene.
Police also said a female passenger was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Wright’s mother, Katie, reportedly pleaded for more information on the incident and for her son’s body to be moved from the street. She also said that the female passenger was Daunte’s girlfriend.
Katie also told local media that Daunte had called her to tell her that police had pulled him over and that they were “asking about insurance.”
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said he was “closely monitoring the situation” and was “praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement.”
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