Minneapolis is already a powderkeg set to explode as millions await the trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd. On Sunday night, activists set into action after 20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot and killed by police as he tried to escape an arrest.
Wright, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, was pulled over by police. The suspect was shot after returning to his vehicle to flee, according to police.
“According to a statement from Brooklyn Center Police, officers stopped an individual shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday after determining the driver had an outstanding warrant,” the Washington Post reported. “Police said when they tried to arrest the driver, the driver reentered the vehicle and drove away. An officer fired at the vehicle, striking the driver. Police said the vehicle traveled several blocks before striking another vehicle.”
This lit the fuse that erupted into yet more rioting in a metropolitan area that has been devastated by the Black Lives Matter protests over George Floyd’s death.
“Protesters walked to the Brooklyn Center police headquarters near 67th Avenue North and North Humboldt Avenue and were locked in a standoff with police in riot gear late Sunday night,” the Minnesota Tribune reported. “Officers repeatedly ordered the crowd of about 500 to disperse as protesters chanted Wright’s name and climbed atop the police headquarters sign, by then covered in graffiti.”
“Police used tear gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets on the crowd,” the Tribune added. “Scattered reports of looting were reported throughout the city.”
Tense altercations between protesters and police could be seen on several witness videos.
The protesters advocated for “justice for Daunte Wright.”
Big protest still underway in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota (close to Minneapolis) where today officers shot & killed 20-year-old #DaunteWright.— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) April 12, 2021
People moved to surround the police station & have been met w tear gas, riot cops & and an armored vehicle:https://t.co/32WyVi4GEp
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