Tensions ran high Monday night as hundreds of people gathered outside the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police precinct — flouting a 7 p.m. curfew to protest the cop-killing of Daunte Wright.
Officers aim less than lethal weaponry at demonstrators outside Brooklyn Center Police Department.Reuters
Protesters were met by dozens of law enforcement officers who fired rubber bullets and tear gas after telling the crowd to disperse, according to local reports.
For a second consecutive night, looting occurred amid the protests, including at a Dollar Tree near the police precinct, according to a photo posted to Twitter by Star Tribune reporter Andy Mannix.
A Black Lives Matter flag is seen after curfew as demonstrators protest the death of Daunte Wright on April 12, 2021.KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images
Smoke was seen billowing from the Dollar Tree later Monday night.
The demonstrators broke into chants of “Daunte Wright!” and “You can’t stop the revolution!” Some shouted obscenities at officers.
Demonstrators shout “Don’t shoot” at the police after curfew as they protest the death of Daunte Wright.AFP via Getty Images
Police had put up a chain link fence and concrete barriers around the precinct earlier in the day. Local cops, as well as Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota State Patrol officers surrounded the building, the Star Tribune reported.
Demonstrators shout “Don’t shoot” at the police after curfew as they protest the death of Daunte Wright who was shot and killed by a police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on April 12, 2021.KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz instituted another dusk-to-dawn curfew, but many of the protesters, who gathered at the precinct earlier in the day for a vigil for Wright, remained well past the deadline.
Wright, 20, was fatally shot by Brooklyn Center cop, identified by the Tribune as 25-year veteran Kimberly Potter, during a traffic stop on Sunday.
People run for cover as police fire tear gas outside the Brooklyn Center police station during a protest after a police officer shot and killed a black man in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 12, 2021. KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images
Police Chief Tim Gannon said the officer had intended to deploy a Taser as the man struggled with police — but fired a handgun instead.
The clashes on Monday came after heated demonstrations and scattered reports of looting in the Minneapolis suburb on Sunday night.
A Dollar Tree store that was looted has its sprinklers turned on as protesters gather outside Brooklyn Center Police Department.Reuters
With Post wires