Hundreds of protesters defied the 7pm curfew on Monday evening in Minnesota to protest the death of the 20-year old black man Duane Wright, who died after being shot by a police officer at a traffic stop on Sunday afternoon.
Word of his death by a police office on Sunday erupted in violence, accompanied with widespread looting which continued into Monday evening despite attempts by authorities to enforce a curfew…and despite a call from the President to peacefully protest and not loot.
As a response to the riots, concrete barriers were erected outside the Brooklyn Center Police headquarters. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz had announced a curfew from 7 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday for Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis and St. Paul.
“Our state mourns another life of a black man taken by law enforcement,” the governor said in a statement.
The curfew was not observed however in some parts of the community. Stores were looted for a second night and Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer confirmed that 40 people had been arrested at a Brooklyn Center protest. Several police officers suffered minor injuries.
Daunte Wright’s death was reportedly caused by a senior female police officer identified as Kimberly Potter. She is believed to have accidentally fired her gun instead of her taser, just as Wright was attempting to flee the scene, as shown in the body cam footage from Sunday.
Mike Elliott, the mayor of Brooklyn Center called the shooting ‘deeply tragic’ and said the officer should be fired.
Daunte Wright had an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor charge of carrying a pistol without permit and misdemeanor fleeing police. During the riots at the George Floyd protests, the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct was burned to the ground.