Riots erupt in Minnesota after cop shoots dead black man Duante Wright 10 miles from where George Floyd was killed04/12/2021
WIDESPREAD looting has broken out in Minneapolis after police shot dead a black man 10 miles from where George Floyd was killed.
Daunte Wright, 20, was killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer shortly before 2pm yesterday during a routine traffic stop.
Hundreds of people also gathered outside a nearby police station with police firing teargas and flash bangs to disperse the mob.
By around midnight local time, the National Guard was on the scene and Brooklyn Center mayor Mike Elliott imposed a curfew from 1 am this morning until 6 am.
He tweeted: "We want to make sure everyone is safe," the mayor tweeted. "Please be safe and please go home."
Earlier Wright’s sobbing mother Katie told a crowd he called her to say he had been pulled over by police because of air freshener that was dangling from his rear view mirror.
She 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.
She told reporters: "All he did was have air fresheners in the car and they told him to get out of the car.
"He got out of the car and his girlfriend said they shot him.
"He got back in the car and drove away and crashed and now he was dead on the ground since 1.47.
"Nobody will tell us anything and nobody will talk to her.
“I asked them to please take my son off the ground — he’s been there since 1.47 this afternoon."
All he did was have air fresheners in the car and they told him to get out of the car
Tensions were already high in Minneapolis and the surrounding area as the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former officer who knelt on the neck of Floyd is set to continue into its third week today.
The killing of Floyd last August sparked riots across the United States and bolstered the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said it was "investigating an officer-involved shooting incident" in Brooklyn Center but declined to identify the victim.
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 shot him dead.
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.
Photos from the protest showed men stomping on the windshield of a police cruiser.
Police fired rubber bullets to try to disperse the protesters, according to the Star Tribune.
After about an hour, the police presence eased, and the crowd lit candles and wrote messages such as "Justice for Daunte Wright" in chalk on the street.
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 flashbangs.
Speaking at a press conference, John Harrington, the state's commissioner of public safety, reported "rocks and other objects thrown at the police department."
He added that officers were sent to the scene and the crowd had mostly dispersed.
About 20 businesses were looted at a local mall, he said.
Mr Harrington said more National Guard troops would be moved into the area on Monday, to deal with potential unrest.
The shooting comes during the ongoing trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is facing charges of manslaughter and murder over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May.
Floyd's killing sparked months of protests in the United States against racism and police brutality and attracted international outrage.
Mayor Elliott called the shooting "tragic", while Minnesota governor Tim Walz said the state "mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement."
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