The driver Daunte Wright was pulled over for a traffic violation by Brooklyn Center, MN police, and in the process of being arrested for an outstanding warrant. He was shot while returning to his car, got in and drove for a short distance, crashing and dying.
Protests have begun ten miles from the site of the Chauvin murder trial in Brooklyn Center Minnesota. Stores have been looted by opportunists and people have been arrested. The National Guard is aiding in crowd control. This officer-involved shooting includes dash and body cam video.
The victim’s family identified him as 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Hours after the shooting, hundreds of protesters surrounded the police headquarters and clashed with officers in riot gear, who fired flash bangs and tear gas. The Minnesota National Guard, which is deployed to the Twin Cities for the Chauvin trial, later arrived to assist police as numerous businesses in the area were broken into.Police said the shooting happened just before 2 p.m., when an officer stopped a car on a traffic violation and found the driver had an outstanding warrant. As police tried to arrest him, he got back into the car and an officer fired at him, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said in a news release.The man drove for several blocks before striking another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A female passenger suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening and was transported to a hospital, police said.
Words on the street say “Justice for Daunte Wright.’ His mother just spoke to us. She says he called to tell her he was being pulled over by police. Says the next time she saw him he was laying on the ground dead. @kare11 pic.twitter.com/bN1R7la4WB
— Charmaine Nero (@CNeroTV) April 11, 2021
"He said they pulled him over because he had air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror," Daunte Wright's mother said.
He called his mother as police pulled him over while he was driving the car his family had given him two weeks earlier https://t.co/AHuzja52wv
— Melissa Pamer (@mpamer) April 12, 2021
“We need to make sure it’s about him and not about smashing police cars,” — mother, Katie Wright
Here’s more from the mother: pic.twitter.com/L1rtYSiMUP
— Kim Hyatt (@kimvhyatt) April 11, 2021
Police standoff with protesters in front of station after shooting of black man in Brooklyn Center north of Minneapolis pic.twitter.com/6InuUljFyL
— Barbara Plett Usher (@BBCBarbaraPlett) April 12, 2021