Explained: What has sparked fresh protests near Minneapolis?

13 Avril, 2021, 19:35 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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The fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, in Brooklyn Center, Minn., has spurred some notable reaction from the sports world.

A protester confronts police near Minneapolis after the shooting of Daunte Wright.

Kim Potter is on administrative leave and Brooklyn Center police chief Tim Gannon released the body-cam footage on Monday, telling reporters he believed the shooting was a mistake.

For nearby Minneapolis, tension bin dey high as di trial of one ex-officer wey dey face accuse of killing George Floyd still continue.

Wright's family planned to speak again Tuesday alongside the family of George Floyd at the courthouse where the trial is being held for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in his death.

According to media reports, police video footage presented at a press briefing showed an officer trying to cuff Wright next to the auto. "Taser! Taser! Taser!" she can be heard saying.

"Holy s***, I just shot him", the policewoman is heard saying as the auto drives away.

"This appears to me from what I viewed and the officer's reaction in distress immediately after that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr Wright", he said.

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the death, which led to protests erupting overnight and people at the scene waving flags and signs reading "Black Lives Matter".

"Our hearts dey heavy right now, we dey in pain right now".

Demonstrators launch fireworks towards members of the National Guard during a protest in Brooklyn Center
Demonstrators launch fireworks towards members of the National Guard during a protest in Brooklyn Center

"We're going to do everything we can to ensure that justice is done and our communities are made whole", Elliott said.

Angry protests gada for Brooklyn Center on Sunday night as news of Wright death begin spread.

Officers in riot gear fired a small number of gas canisters and flash-bang grenades after some demonstrators threw bottles and other objects.

Law enforcement agencies had stepped up their presence across the Minneapolis area after Sunday night violence. Another curfew dey in place from 19:00 to 06:00 local time across the two cities.

At least 200 protesters gathered Monday night in Southeast Portland to protest the police killing of a Black man in Minnesota.

Members of di Minnesota National Guard, wey dem don already deploy for the trial on murder charges of Derek Chauvin, dem also send dem to Brooklyn Center.

His family have rejected that suggestion and his half-brother, Dallas Wright, told a vigil on Monday: "My brother lost his life because they were trigger happy".

Wright mother, Katie, say her heart dey "broken in a thousand pieces". I miss him so much, and it's only been a day.

"I think we can watch the video and ascertain whether she will be returning", the chief said.

"It's hard for me to say what the officer was thinking, the video does indicate that there was some degree, you know, of her, you know, grabbing the wrong weapon", Elliott said.

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