Police shot and killed a driver during a traffic stop Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, just minutes away from Minneapolis. The incident immediately landed in a cultural fissure. The man, identified in social media and news reports as Daunte Wright, 20, was Black. This incident happens amid a trial against fired, white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, for the fatal arrest of George Floyd, 46, who was also Black.
The man was pulled over for a traffic violation, and faced an outstanding warrant, Brooklyn Center police said.
Protests immediately followed Wright’s death.
— Cathy Russon (@cathyrusson) April 12, 2021
Some started running after crowd threw a few things at law enforcement. Activist asking for peace – saying “we can do better.” “If you don’t want to get tear gassed, leave now.” Saying they have milk in case it does happen pic.twitter.com/7AJkMpE8SE
— Jason D. Myles (@JasonDMyles) April 12, 2021
— Dave Peterlinz (@DPet_KARE11News) April 11, 2021
Law enforcement left and the crowd appears calm and somber. They’re lighting candles, burning sage, praying and writing messages with chalk. pic.twitter.com/GMiZBrKxOZ
— Kim Hyatt (@kimvhyatt) April 12, 2021
Wright’s family said he was shot and killed after police pulled him over for having an air freshener in the rearview mirror of his mother’s car.
Family members say 20-year-old Daunte Wright was killed by a police officer in Brooklyn Center this afternoon after being pulled over for displaying an air freshener from his rearview mirror in his mother’s car. @MPRnews pic.twitter.com/mPq8tnmjaZ
— Nina Moini (@ninamoini) April 12, 2021
Brooklyn Center police, who did not name Wright, said Sunday that they pulled over a driver for a traffic violation around the 6300 block of Orchard Avenue before 2 p.m. They determined the driver faced an outstanding warrant. They tried to take him into custody, but he went back into the vehicle, police said. One of the officers shot the driver. Officers said the vehicle went several blocks before crashing into another one.
Police said they tried to save the driver, but he died at the scene. The autopsy and formal identification are pending. A woman in the vehicle sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash, but people in the other vehicle were unhurt. Police said they “believe” body-worn and dash cams were on.
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