Minneapolis police fatally shoot Black man, sparking protests

Minneapolis, April 12 2021: Daunte Wright, a 20 year old Black man was shot by a police officers after they pulled him over and he was in the process of ending a phone call to his mother. Katie Wright, his mother, said she heard officers tell her son to put his phone down, and then one of the officers ended the call. Soon after, her son’s girlfriend told her he had been shot. The incident happened in the suburbs of Minneapolis, where a former police officer Derek Chauvin is currently on trial for the manslaughter of George Floyd.

Floyd’s killing sparked months of protests in the United States against racism and police brutality and attracted international outrage.

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. 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.

The incident sparked protests on Sunday night after yet another incident of US police fatally harming a Black man. Hundreds of people gathered outside the police station in Brooklyn Center, northwest of Minneapolis. Police fired teargas and flash bangs at the demonstrators according to video-journalists at the scene.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirmed it is “investigating an officer-involved shooting incident” in Brooklyn Center but declined to identify the victim.

A few hundred protestors gathered in the Brooklyn Centre. Photos from the scene showed men stomping on the windshield of a police cruiser. Police fired nonlethal rounds to try to disperse the protesters, according to local press.

An hour into the gathering, the police presence eased, and the crowd lit candles and wrote messages such as “Justice for Daunte Wright” in chalk on the street.

Brooklyn City mayor Mike Elliott called the shooting “tragic” and encouraged peaceful protests. But clashes broke out again soon after as another group of several hundred protesters gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Headquarters and were met with teargas and flash bangs. Floyd’s killing sparked months of protests in the United States against racism and police brutality and attracted international outrage.

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