Downright death in Minnesota traffic sparks unrest


Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. A black man was killed after being shot by police in a suburb of Minneapolis during a traffic stop and his car crashed several streets away, sparking violent protests that continued into the early hours of Monday morning as officers in riot gear clashed with protesters and called the man’s mother till then. calm.

The family recognized the man as a 20-year-old Wright, who died on Sunday in an urban area that was already on alert and midway during the trial of the first of four police officers accused in The death of George Floyd. Minnesota Gov. Tim Falls tweeted that he was praying for the Wright family “while our country mourns another life of a black man kidnapped by law enforcement.”

Speaking before the confrontation at the Brooklyn Center between protesters and law enforcement, Downt’s mother, Katie Wright, tried to curb any unrest.

“All violence, if it continues, will be about violence only.” She told a crowd near the scene of the shooting, “We need it to be about why my son was shot for no reason.” We need to make sure that it is about him and not about smashing police cars, Because that will not return my son. “


Police did not immediately identify Wright, but protesters who gathered near the scene waved flags and banners reading “Black lives matter.” Others walked peacefully with their hands raised. On a street, written in multi-colored chalk: “Justice for Downtown Wright.”

Brooklyn Center Police said in a statement that officers had stopped a driver shortly before 2 pm on Sunday. After confirming that the driver had an arrest warrant pending, the police attempted to arrest the driver. Police said the driver got into the car again and an officer shot the car, wounding the driver. The car crossed several streets before hitting another vehicle.

The Wright family’s account of the shooting differed, with Katie Wright saying he was hit by a bullet before returning to the car.

Court records show that Wright was wanted to escape law enforcement officers and possess a handgun without a permit during a confrontation with Minneapolis police in June. In this case, a statement of possible cause said that police received a call about a man brandishing a pistol that was later identified as Wright.


Police said the Hennepin County Medical Examination Office will reveal the name of the person who died on Sunday after an initial autopsy and notification to the family. A female passenger sustained non-serious injuries during the accident. Brooklyn Center is a city of about 30,000 people located on the northwestern border of Minneapolis.

Katie Wright said the passenger was her son’s friend. Wright said her son called her while he was being stopped.

“All he did was there were air fresheners in the car and they asked him to get out of the car,” Wright said. During the call, she said she heard a fight and then someone said “Daunte, don’t run” before the call ended. When she called, her son’s friend answered and said he had been shot.

The protesters gathered shortly after the shooting and the plane crash, some of them jumped over police cars and confronted the officers. The demonstrators also descended into the Brooklyn Center Police Department building, where rocks and other items were thrown at the officers, John Harrington, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, told a news conference. He said the protesters had largely dispersed by 1:15 a.m. on Monday.


Harrington said about 20 companies have been stormed into the city’s Shingle Creek shopping center. He said law enforcement agencies were coordinating to tame the unrest and the National Guard was activated.

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announced a city curfew that expired at 6 a.m. on Monday. In a tweet He said, “We want to make sure everyone is safe. Please be safe and please go home.”

Police said Brooklyn Center officers wore body-worn cameras and also believed that instrument cluster cameras were activated during the accident. The administration said it had requested the criminal arrest office to investigate.

The trial was for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer accused of Floyd’s death To be continued Monday. Floyd, a black man, died on May 25 after Chauvin, a white man, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck. Prosecutors say Floyd was held in place for 9 minutes 29 seconds.


Harrington said more members of the National Guard and state law enforcement personnel will be deployed around the Twin Cities and in the Brooklyn Center in addition to the staff already on hand for Chuven’s trial at Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis.

There was no noticeable increase in the already tight security presence Monday morning outside the courtroom, which prior to the Chauvin trial was fortified with a long fence topped with barbed wire and coils of barbed wire between the concrete fences and barriers. National Guard forces equipped with military vehicles, deputy mayors and district security guards continued to watch.

Meanwhile, all Brooklyn Center students will be directed online on Monday because school buildings will be closed, Carly Baker, director of Community Schools at the Brooklyn Center, said in a statement.

“We are focusing on taking steps right now. I have not fully addressed the tragedy that has occurred in our community and I prioritize the safety and well-being of our students, families, staff, and community members.” We know that our community is suffering from trauma and we need the time and space to address. ”

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