Fatal Shooting of Minneapolis Man Involving Police Sparks Unrest, Protesters Clash with Police
A fatal shot from an officer put a driver in a Minneapolis suburb down, which led to clashes between protesters and law enforcement, the police reported.
The deadly encounter in the Minessota suburb and ensuing unrest happened in the midst of the Derek Chauvin trial for the killing of George Floyd.
According to CBS News, police stated that the officers in the city of Brooklyn Center pulled over a driver that they had determined had an outstanding warrant at around 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Police mentioned that they are trying to arrest the man when he got back in his vehicle and drove away.
Moreover, one of the officers who tried to arrest the man fired at the man's vehicle and hit the driver. The police stated that the vehicle traveled several blocks before hitting another one. No one was harmed in the second vehicle that was chased by the authorities.
When the cops secured the vehicle and the man, they have found that the driver of the first vehicle was dead at the scene. The police officers were believed to be wearing activated body cameras at the time of the incident, and it is expected serve as primary evidence in the shooting incident.
Protesters Clash with Police
In addition, a crowd started to gather at the crash scene later in the afternoon. And just after 6 p.m., the crime scene tape was seen tore down by protesters as the crowd and the family of the victim demanded answers from the law enforcement about the incident.
Furthermore, Katie Wright, who stated that she was the mother of the dead driver shared that her 20-year-old son, Daunte Wright, was the man who was shot. Katie stated that the girlfriend of Wright was in the car with him during the traffic stop.
Based on the report of the police, the woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. Later on, she was taken to a hospital.
In a tweet, a Minnesota governor Tim Walz said that he was praying for the family of Wright and the state mourns another life of a Black man was taken by law enforcement.
Protesters gathered at Brooklyn Center Police headquarters later wherein the law enforcement formed a human chain to protect the building and started using flashbangs and tear gas to try to disperse the crowd, NBC News reported.
Also, some protesters who assembled close to the scene waved flags and signs reading "Black Lives Matter." While others walked peacefully with their hands held up. Even on one street, "Justice for Daunte Wright," was written in multi-colored chalk.
The Mayor of the Brooklyn Center, Mike Elliott made an announcement that a curfew in the city will be imposed until 6 A.M. Monday. He also mentioned that the local government wants to make sure that everyone is safe. He asked his people to be safe and go home, ABC News reported.
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