In the wee hours of the morning this past Monday, the National Guard was deployed in Minneapolis after hundreds began rioting and looting following the deadly shooting of a man who tried to run from police.
Daunte Wright, 20, was stopped by police in Brooklyn Center in the afternoon on Sunday for an outstanding warrant. He was shot and wounded after he jumped back into his vehicle and attempted to run, crashing several blocks away, according to police.
The Star Tribune reported that as a result several hundred protesters gathered, and proceeded to trash and loot about twenty stores,
“Police used tear gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets on the crowd,” reported the outlet. “National Guard troops arrived just before midnight as looters targeted the Brooklyn Center Walmart and nearby shopping mall. Several businesses around the Walmart were completely destroyed, including Foot Locker, T Mobile, and a New York men’s clothing store.”
The looting quickly spread across the city, with even stores in Uptown being looted and attacked.
Mayor of Brooklyn Center, Mike Elliott, ordered a mandatory curfew until 6 a.m. Monday. All schools were shut down and more National Guard members are expected to arrive.
“Our entire community is filled with grief following today’s officer-involved shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old young man. Our hearts are with his family, and with all those in our community impacted by this tragedy,” Elliot stated. “While we await additional information from the BCA [Bureau of Criminal Apprehension] who is leading the investigation, we continue to ask that members of our community gathering do so peacefully, amid our calls for transparency and accountability.”
The Governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, Tweeted out that he was “closely monitoring the situation” and “praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement.”
“Brooklyn Center Police Department officers initiated a stop for a traffic violation,” Stated police in a press release. “Brooklyn Center Police Department officers initiated a stop for a traffic violation,”
“One officer discharged their firearm, striking the driver,” the press release continued. “The vehicle traveled several blocks before striking another vehicle,” the police stated. “Officers in pursuit and responding medical personnel attempted life-saving measures, but the person died at the scene.”
Early Monday morning at a press conference, John Harrington, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner, went into detail about how protesters swarmed the area, leaping onto police cars and assaulting police with rocks and bottles. The protesting marchers also went directly to the Brooklyn Center Police Department building.
“Protesters pushed past police tape and confronted officers donning riot gear. Around 7:15 p.m., the crowd broke the windshields of two squad cars and police fired nonlethal rounds to try to disperse the crowd.” the Star Tribune stated. “By 8:30 p.m., the remaining crowd gathered to light candles, burn sage and write messages in chalk on the street near the scene.”