HUNDREDS of protesters are fighting with police over the death of Daunte Wright, a Black 20-year-old shot by police barely 11 miles from where George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis.
Minnesota instituted a 7PM curfew to curb protesting from individuals in the neighboring county of Brooklyn Center, next to Minneapolis where jurors are deliberating over former Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial. But that didn’t little to stop people from going out.
Hundreds of protesters went out for the second night in a row in MinnesotaCredit: AP
Protesters were out fighting against the death of Daunte Wright, a Black 20-year-old killed by an officerCredit: Facebook
Police shot protesters with rubber bullets and tear gas as they told the crowd to disperse.
The protesters chanted “Daunte Wright” and “You can’t stop the revolution,” while others cursed at the officers.
Police put a chain link fence and concrete barriers around the Brooklyn Center precinct earlier that day, with the Minnesota National Guard and State Patrol officers coming to the city to offer extra back up.
Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz instituted the dusk-to-dawn curfew, but many present at the vigil for Wright stayed after the 7PM cutoff.
Police began firing rubber bullets and tear gas at the crowdCredit: AP
There were reports of airmail and fireworks thrown at officersCredit: Reuters
The second straight night of protesting against Wright’s death saw plenty of airmail – bottles, bricks and other projectiles – throw at officers, while police warned of fires and looting.
“Crowds are launching bottles, fireworks, bricks and other projectiles at public safety officials at the Brooklyn Center Police Department. They are also trying to shine lasers into officers’ and troopers’ eyes,” tweeted Operation Safety Net, which was created for public records of Chauvin’s trial.
Graffiti of “DW” and “no justice no peace” were seen scattered throughout the city.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot said he understood people were angry, but they needed to go home.
The goal “right now is to try and disperse the crowd and get people to get home,” he said.
Wright was shot by Brooklyn Center officer Kimberly Potter during a traffic stop on Sunday.
Tim Gannon, the police chief, said the 25-year veteran intended to tase Wright as he struggled with police but accidentally discharged a gun.
Wright, who has a young son, died immediately at the scene.