Minnesota Police Shoot African American: Protests Erupted Again in State
In the largest city in Minnesota, clashes broke out between police and protesters over the murder of a black man. The police used tear gas, a curfew was imposed. The situation has been compared to the protests that erupted after the death at the hands of police of 46-year-old George Floyd, writes Air force.
The clashes began on Sunday evening, April 11, after several hundred demonstrators surrounded a police station in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, demanding to punish the police who shot 20-year-old Dante Wright.
The city has a curfew and CBS reports that all schools in Brooklyn Center will be closed on Monday.
Gov. Tim Waltz said he was monitoring the situation and expressed support for the Wright family.
What is happening now?
On Sunday evening, April 11, police in protective uniforms defended the perimeter of the central precinct in Brooklyn Center, which is located just a few kilometers north of downtown Minneapolis, from demonstrators. The police used tear gas and stun grenades.
Protesters threw stones at two police cars, Reuters reported.
Brooklyn Center has 45 officers in its police department. Looks like most, if not all, are holding this line pic.twitter.com/9dlxlqkpZe
- David Schuman (@david_schuman) April 12, 2021
Around the same time, a mall was robbed in the city, and firearms were fired at the door of a police station in nearby Brooklyn Park, according to local media reports. Reuters reported about the destruction of about 20 shops in the vicinity of the city.
After imposing a curfew until XNUMX a.m. local time, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot urged protesters to go home.
“Please stay safe and go home,” he tweeted.
Some of the Minnesota National Guard stationed in the city in case of unrest following the trial of Derek Chauvin, who is accused of killing George Floyd last May, has been redeployed to Brooklyn Center.
What happened to Dante Wright?
Brooklyn Center police said police stopped Dante Wright's car for a traffic violation Sunday afternoon. After checking the driver's identity, they found that he was wanted.
After they tried to detain Wright, he jumped into his car and tried to escape.
One of the police officers shot at the driver who was Wright, after which his car drove a few hundred meters and crashed into another car. Police caught up with the car and found Wright dead.
In addition to Wright, there was a passenger in the car who was injured, not life-threatening.
According to a police statement, body-worn cameras on the police, as well as cameras on their cars, were turned on during the incident.
Wright's mother, Katie, says her son called her when the police stopped his car to ask for his insurance card number. After that, she heard the sounds of a struggle, and the connection was cut off.
“A minute later I called back, and I was answered by his girlfriend, who was with him in the car. She said that he was shot [...] and that my son's body was lying on the ground with no signs of life, ”said Katie Wright.
In an interview with the StarTribune newspaper, she stated: “Nobody tells us anything. Nobody talks to us. […] I asked that my son not be left to lie on the ground ”.
Mayor Mike Elliot called the incident a tragedy.
“Our state mourns another black man whose life was taken by the law enforcers,” said Minnesota Gov. Tim Waltz.
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Mood in Minneapolis
For the third week in the city, the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former police officer who is accused of the murder of George Floyd, has been underway for the third week, has caused large-scale protests against racism in dozens of cities in the United States and around the world.
Chauvin, 45, faces up to 40 years in prison.
He does not plead guilty. It was Chauvin who in May last year, during the arrest, crushed George Floyd's neck with his knees and stood on him for nine minutes, after which Floyd died.
The trial is expected to last at least a month. Police expect protests to erupt again during and after the trial.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- On May 27, George Floyd, an African American from Minneapolis, died after a Minneapolis police officer strangled him with a knee. Officer Derek Chauvin was fired and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter; three other officers also lost their jobs. Protests and riots subsequently eruptedand in Minneapolis and across the country.
- The Minnesota state governor said protests over the death of African-American George Floyd, spanning dozens of US cities, are already not related to murder, but provoked by visiting radicals.
- Protests in Minneapolis sharply intensified in the evening of May 27when city police took action in response to looted and burned shops in the city, as well as fatal shooting at a protest venue.
- May 31 truck drove into a crowd of protesters in Minneapolis (Minnesota). At the wheel of a car was a US citizen, presumably of Ukrainian origin, Bogdan Vechirko. He was arrested, but on June 2 released from custody awaiting further investigation. Eventually no charges were brought against him.
- About 40 cities, including Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit, and Philadelphia, banned street demonstrations after dark. Texas and Virginia Governors introduced a state of emergency.
- In connection with protests in US cities embassies of Ukraine and Russia asked their citizenslocated in the United States, maintain order and avoid crowds wherever possible and comply with security measures.
- June 1, Donald Trump enacted the law of 1807, allowing him send riot troops in connection with the death of George Floyd.
- According to the official autopsy of George Floyd, his death was caused by mechanical asphyxia and should be considered violent.
- On June 4, former Minneapolis police officers identified as accomplices in the murder of George Floyd during his arrest, taken into custody.
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