Minnesota police shooting that killed a Black man sparks protests
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. / CNN — The National Guard was called in to Minneapolis, Minnesota after hundreds protested Sunday night after a Black man was shot by a police officer and died.
The shooting happened in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis. The city is about 10 miles from where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the killing of another Black man, George Floyd.
Daunte Wright was killed in the shooting, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said.
“Gwen and I are praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement,” Walz tweeted.
Around 2 p.m., police said they were trying to take a man into custody after learning at a traffic stop that he had outstanding warrants.
The man got back into his car, and an officer shot him, police said. The man then drove several blocks before slamming into a car, police said.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said police and rescue crews attempted life-saving measures after the crash, but the man died at the scene.
Protesters gathered Sunday evening and marched toward the police department, leading to what the city’s mayor described as “growing civil unrest.”
The state deployed the Minnesota National Guard, and Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott issued a curfew until 6 a.m. Monday.
Wright called his mother during the traffic stop
“He said they pulled him over because he had air fresheners hanging from the rearview mirror,” his mother said, crying. “A minute later, I called and his girlfriend answered, which was the passenger in the car, and said that he’d been shot.”
“He didn’t deserve to be shot and killed like this,” Wright said.
Body camera footage of the incident exists, but has not yet been released, authorities said.
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