As the trial of former cop Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd nears its conclusion in Minneapolis, a city already on edge exploded Sunday evening after the latest officer-involved shooting. Officials announced at least 20 stores in and around Brooklyn Center were looted – with videos posted to social media dispensing a Walmart, GameStop, O’Reilly Auto Parts store and other businesses being wiped out by rebels – and a police station’s front door was shattered by a bullet. Other videos displayed various men jumping on top of police cars and one clip caught a cop shooting a non-lethal munition at a man who had a big chunk of concrete in his hand.
Officers in riot gear fired flash bangs, rubber bullets and tear gas as the crowds became uncontrolled, with one woman saying the experience was like being “in a war zone,” the New York Post reported.
Brooklyn Center police declared an illegal assembly at 11:30 p.m., according to Minnesota Public Radio. The National Guard appeared on the scene shortly after. “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 announced Monday. A curfew in the area was raised at 6 a.m. Monday, KARE11 reported.
The rebellion grew out of protests revolving encompassing the death of Daunte Wright, 20. Cops said Wright was pulled over for a traffic infraction just before 2 p.m. on Sunday and officers then determined Wright had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The police say Wright opposed arrest, getting back into his vehicle, at which point he was shot by one of the cops on the scene. Wright initially drove away from the scene, though his car, which further contained a female passenger, crashed into another vehicle some blocks away.
Wright was pronounced dead at the scene. None of the other individuals involved in the crash sustained serious injuries.
Brooklyn Center Cops wear body cameras, the Minneapolis Star Tribune announced, and there is supposed to be body camera and police car dash camera footage of the episode. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is conducting an independent investigation.
Wright’s mom, Katie Wright, said she was on the phone with Daunte as he was getting pulled over, the Star Tribune reported. She explained that she heard the sounds of people struggling before someone said “Daunte, don’t run.” Then the call ended. The next time she called, Daunte’s girlfriend answered and said he had been shot.