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Duante Wright a 20-year-old man of color was fatally shot only 10 miles away from the same location George Floyd died, according to The New York Post.
Crowds gathered in Minneapolis and rioted in the early morning hours in protest.
Hundreds of rioters looted stores in chaotic destruction.
It is reported that Duante Wright held outstanding warrants for his arrest and was pulled over around 2 a.m.
Wright allegedly jumped back into his vehicle in an attempt to escape the consequences only to smash his vehicle after being shot blocks down the road.
In a matter of hours over 500 people had gathered together in protest.
Protesters destroyed and looted at least 20 stores according to reports.
Several BLM protesters represented Black Lives Matter flags, marching their banners through the streets.
Protesters overtook police vehicles throwing paver bricks through the windshields and also at police officers.
Police responded with tear gas, flashbangs, and rubber bullets.
A woman stated, “It feels like we’re in a war zone.”
At 11:20 P.m. The Brooklyn Police deemed the protesters were an unlawful assembly stating that after the announcement, anyone in the area would be arrested.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said,
“We want to make sure everyone is safe. Please be safe and please go home.”
“Our hearts are with his family, and with all those in our community impacted by this tragedy,” he continued.
“You will see a robust assortment of National Guard, state and local police departments working together over the next two or three days,” Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said.
District superintendent Carly Baker said “I haven’t entirely processed the tragedy that took place in our community and I’m prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of our students, families, staff members and community members.”
“We know our community experienced trauma and we need the time and space to process.”
From The New York Post:
The fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center came as the Twin Cities was already in a state of high alert over the trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin, charged with Floyd’s murder last May.
His mother had quickly raced to the scene — and called for calm as crowds soon joined her there, local media said.
Protesters even “shot up” a police precinct in neighboring Brooklyn Park, with multiple rounds fired through the front door, some reaching the lobby, officials told Fox 9. No one was injured in the attack.
Video on social media shows a man lifted up a large slab of cement just feet from a line of riot cops — staggering back to the ground after seemingly getting hit by a rubber bullet before he could throw it.
At least one bullet was fired at a police station, shattering the front door but not injuring anyone, police told Kare11.
The National Guard was deployed and arrived just before midnight, the Star Tribune said — with officials announcing that more troops would be arriving throughout Monday to help quell further violence.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott also announced a curfew in the city until 6 a.m. Monday.
Gov. Tim Walz said he was “closely monitoring the situation,” and was “praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement.”
Looting was widespread late Sunday into early Monday, not just in Brooklyn Center — a city of about 30,000 people located on the northwest border of Minneapolis — but spilling into north and south Minneapolis, the local reports noted.
Several businesses around a Walmart were completely destroyed, including a Foot Locker, a T-Mobile, and a New York men’s clothing store, the Star Tribune said.
Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said at a press conference early Monday that there would be a heavy police presence throughout the Twin Cities — though crowds had largely dispersed by the morning.
Brooklyn Center schools were also closed Monday, with all classes going virtual instead.
Wright was shot after trying to drive away from officers who pulled him over for an outstanding warrant, police said. It was not immediately clear what the warrant was for.
His vehicle traveled several blocks before striking another vehicle. His girlfriend sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the crash.