BROOKLYN CENTER, MIN. – A police officer in Minnesota shot a motorist who later died Sunday in the city of Brooklyn Center, about 10 miles from downtown Minneapolis, where a former police officer is On trial and charge With the killing of George Floyd last year, officials and witnesses said.
By late Sunday evening, streams of smoke and strong explosions filled the Brooklyn Center Police Department headquarters as the police fired several devices toward a large crowd of protesters, who had gathered outside the building . Just before 10 pm, the police declared the meeting illegal and ordered people to disperse. They did not.
According to the video posted on Facebook, the scene was largely non-violent, although hours earlier, a mob had gathered near the scene where the driver was killed, including some who jumped on police vehicles. Had broken its windows. Outside the police building Sunday night, people created a commotion, “Black Lives They Matter Here,” and “Hands Up, Shoot Not,” as police released, placing a firing object toward the crowd.
on Twitter, Gov. Tim Timmz said he is “closely monitoring the status of the Brooklyn Center” and that the state “mourns the second life of a black man taken by law enforcement.”
The Brooklyn Center’s Police Department said in a statement that just before 2 a.m., officers pulled over a driver for a traffic violation and determined that the driver had an outstanding warrant. Police said officers tried to arrest the driver, but he “re-entered the vehicle”.
“An officer discharged his gun, hitting the driver,” the statement said. “The vehicle traveled several blocks before hitting another vehicle.”
Police said the driver died in a crash in a residential neighborhood. Police also said they believed the body-worn cameras and dashboard cameras were “active during the episode”.
A woman who came to the scene of the accident said that she was the mother of the victim. He identified his son as 20-year-old Daniel Wright and said he called him when police pulled him over. He could not be reached immediately.
Mr. Wright was in a vehicle his family had given him two weeks earlier, and was driving with his girlfriend, she said.
According to the Facebook Live video, the woman told reporters at the scene, “He called me at around 1:40.” “They said they pulled him over him because air fresheners were hanging from his rearview mirror.”
Mr. Wright said police had questions about vehicle insurance, she said.
“I said when the police officer comes back to the window, put him on the phone and I’ll give him insurance information,” he said. “Then I heard the police officer coming to the window and said, ‘Put the phone down and get out of the car.” And Daniel said why. He said, “When you get out of the car, we will explain it to you.”
The woman said she heard her son drop the phone or put the phone on the dashboard, and then “I heard the scuffle and I heard the police officer say, ‘Dentin, don’t run'” and then the officer said, ‘Put phone down’ and hang it up. “
The woman said she recalled her son’s phone, and Mr Wright’s girlfriend responded. The girlfriend told him that Mr. Wright had been shot, she said. According to police, the girlfriend was not injured.
A crowd, including relatives of Mr. Wright, gathered at the scene. While some people were shouting at officers and demanding answers, members of Mr. Wright’s family urged people to be non-violent.
The woman, who identified herself as Mr. Wright’s mother, said, “We want justice for the volunteer.” “We don’t want all this about violence.”
She also said that she wanted her son’s body to be taken care of.
“I told him to field my son, please.” “He is there since 1:47 this afternoon.”
A Brooklyn Center police officer told people at the scene that according to Facebook Live video, the victim’s body could not be moved until members of the Bureau of Criminal Appearance, a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, arrived.
The bureau said On twitter The agent was told about the route to the scene, which he described as “a shooting done by an officer”. Brooklyn Center Police said in its statement that it had asked the bureau to conduct an independent investigation into the encounter.
Around 9 a.m. a crowd of activists and neighbors created a ruckus and mourned, with Mr. Wright’s relatives and friends placing a curb on a block, holding each other tightly as they cried in each other’s arms. A group of supporters removed traffic from the protest and condolence meeting. There was a chalk mural on the road near Mr Wright’s death, demanding “Justice for Denton Wright” and a single burning candle.
City Council member Winfred Russell in neighboring Brooklyn Park said in an interview Sunday night that his community and the Brooklyn center have a large percentage of black residents who are on edge over policing.
“So you have a lot of raw nerves here,” Mr. Russell said.
The violence spread to the neighboring city of Brooklyn Park. More than 25 businesses were looted on Sunday night, and around 8 a.m., the front door of the main police building was riddled with bullets, in response to all of which police shot Mr. Chief, Mark Brule, Mr. Chief of Brooklyn Park Has gone. The police department said in a brief telephone interview on Monday morning.
“We have literally stopped looting and firing people from the bus and the band in the air and in police facilities,” he said. “This is clearly related to the civil unrest, related to the shooting.”
Revealed against the backdrop of the episode at the Brooklyn Center Test of derek chowinThe former police officer, who is accused of killing Mr. Floyd in Minneapolis last year. In that episode, the video was captured by witnesses, which helped touch a thunderbolt of protests across the country against police brutality.
Mr. Chauvin to Mr. The video was seen sitting knee-high on Floyd’s neck, a move that Minariaapolis Police Department chief Medaria Arradondo said “absolutely” violated the department’s policies during an arrest.
“Once Mr. Floyd stopped protesting, and certainly once he was in trouble and trying to remove it, which should have stopped,” Chief Aradondo said on Monday.
Nicholas Bogel-Burrows from New York, Brooklyn Center, Min. And reported from Azi Pebarah. Matt Farber contributed reporting from the Brooklyn Center and Neil Wigdor from Greenwich, Conn.