WIDESPREAD rioting and looting has broken out in Minneapolis after police shot dead a black man 10 miles from where George Floyd was killed.
Daunte Wright, 20, was killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer shortly before 2pm yesterday during a routine traffic stop.
Hundreds of people also gathered outside a nearby police station with police firing teargas and flash bangs to disperse the mob.
By around midnight local time, the National Guard was on the scene and Brooklyn Center mayor Mike Elliott imposed a curfew from 1 am this morning until 6 am.
He tweeted: “We want to make sure everyone is safe,” the mayor tweeted. “Please be safe and please go home.”
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said it was “investigating an officer-involved shooting incident” in Brooklyn Center but declined to identify the victim.
According to a statement from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, officers pulled over a driver for a traffic violation.
When they discovered he had an outstanding warrant, they tried to take him into custody.
He got back into his car, and one of the officers shot him dead.
A female passenger in the car suffered “non-life-threatening injuries” and was transported to a local hospital, said the statement, which did not identify the woman.
Read our Daunte Wright live blog below for the latest news and updates…
AOC: WRIGHT’S DEATH ‘THE REPEATED OUTCOME OF AN INDEFENSIBLE SYSTEM’
Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez has described the death of Daunte Wright as “the repeated outcome of an indefensible system.”
The US Representative took to social media to share her outrage at his killing and “what is a systematic problem”.
AOC wrote: “Daunte Wright’s killing was not a random, disconnected “accident” – it was the repeated outcome of an indefensible system that grants impunity for state violence, rewards it w/ endlessly growing budgets at the cost of community investment, & targets those who question that order.”
“Cameras, chokehold bans, “retraining” funds, and similar reform measures do not ultimately solve what is a systemic problem. That system will find a way – killings happen on camera, people are killed in other ways, retraining grows $ while often substituting for deeper measures.”
MORE CURFEWS ANNOUNCED
Brooklyn Park, Minn., issued a curfew Tuesday that goes into effect at 8 p.m. and runs through 6 a.m. Wednesday.
The Minneapolis suburb is located a short distance away from Brooklyn Center, where protests and riots have occurred since the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright on Sunday.
No one will be allowed on a public street or place.
In a tweet, the city said the shooting has “shaken the city and the region” and that these are “challenging, uncertain, and difficult times, and that many people are looking for answers.”
A 10 p.m. curfew has also been called for St. Paul, Minnesota, tonight.
Operation Safety Net also announced 10 pm curfews for Crystal, Maple Grove, Columbia Heights, New Hope and Robbinsdale.
INCREASED POLICE PRESENCE
The Philadelphia Police Department will increase patrols Tuesday night near certain locations in response to a vigil for Daunte Wright outside City Hall, CBS3 reported.
Police shifts will overlap, with a bigger police presence expected in Center City, Independence Mall and the Aramingo Avenue corridor.
The concerns come amid two consecutive nights of riots and looting in Minnesota over the police-involved death of Wright in Brooklyn Center, a Minneapolis suburb.
SECOND NIGHT OF CURFEW
A curfew has been called for Minneapolis, Minnesota for a second consecutive night.
Mayor Jacob Frey issued an emergency regulation Tuesday afternoon that includes a 10 p.m. local time curfew, which will remain in effect until 6 a.m. local time Wednesday morning.
There are some exemptions – including members of the press, first responders, law enforcement, community patrol organizations and those traveling to or from work.
PROSECUTOR ‘HOPES’ TO HAVE CHARGING DECISION ON OFFICER KIM POTTER BY TOMORROW
In an interview with CNN, Washington County Prosecutor Pete Orput said he’s seeking to have a charging decision relating to former Brooklyn Center Police officer Kim Potter by Wednesday.
Earlier Tuesday, Potter resigned from the department citing the “best interests of the community”, after she shot and killed Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday.
“I hope to have a charging decision by tomorrow,” Orput said. “I just received voluminous documents and with enough coffee, I’ll have something tomorrow.”
Kim PotterCredit: AP
BROOKLYN CITY MANAGER WAS FIRED OVER PROTEST RESPONSE
City Manager Curt Boganey was fired on Monday after the city council voiced “significant concerns regarding how the city responded to the protest.”
The reason behind his firing was revealed by Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott on Tuesday, who added that he’s limited in terms of what he can say about the dismissal.
“The city council determined it was in the best interest of the city and its residents to seek new leadership in the city. And we do want to thank Mr. Boganey for his service to the city, he has made strides in many areas to make the city better,” Elliott said.
Boganey was relieved of his duties on MondayCredit: Getty Images – Getty
‘THE WORST DAY OF MY LIFE’
Daunte Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, called Sunday, the day her son was shot dead, the “worst day of my life” during a press conference on Tuesday.
The grieving mother described the phone call she received as he was pulled over and how after he was shot, the woman who was in the passenger seat video-called her.
Answering that call, Katie Write said she saw her son laying lifeless in the driver’s seat.
“I never imagined this was what was going to happen. I just thought that he was getting arrested,” Wright said.
Katie WrightCredit: AP:Associated Press
‘PUT HER IN JAIL’
Naisha Wright, the aunt of Daunte Wright, called for former officer Kim Potter to be arrested and charged for shooting her 20-year-old nephew dead on Sunday.
Responding to a question about Potter resigning, Naisha responded: “Great … put her in jail like they would do any one of us. I hope that since she went ahead and she resigned that they hold her at the highest because she was the law.”
A chorus cry of “lock her up” echoed out in the background.
Naisha continued: “They killed my nephew. Every pistol, even a Taser, has a safety on it. I watched that video like everybody else watched it – that woman held that gun in front of her so a long time.
“My nephew was 20-years-old – I don’t care what nobody has to say about him.
“My nephew was a lovable young man… the most beautiful smile. My nephew’s blood is on your hands.”
MAYOR WANTS SHOOTING INVESTIGATION REASSIGNED
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said he wants the state attorney general’s office to take over the investigation into the shooting of Daunte Wright.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, a division of the state Department of Public Safety, is currently investigating the shooting.
In a tweet, Elliot wrote: “To ensure transparency and to continue building trust in our community, I’m asking the Governor @GovTimWalz to reassign Daunte’s case to the office of the attorney general @AGEllison.”
POLICE BARRICADE OFFICER KIM POTTER’S HOME
Minneapolis police have started barricading the home of former officer Kim Potter, who shot dead Wright on Sunday, after her address leaked on social media.
Images taken by the Daily Mail showed the five-bedroom home surrounded by police and workmen unloading barricades and erecting fencing.
Police said the protective measures are being installed as they anticipate protesters will descend on the home on Tuesday evening, following the leak.
It’s understood that Potter left the property late last night, along with her husband and two sons.
Kim PotterCredit: Getty Images
MAYOR: I HAVE NOT ACCEPTED RESIGNATION OF COP WHO SHOT WRIGHT
During a Tuesday press conference, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said he had not yet accepted the resignation of Officer Kimberly Potter, who shot Wright dead on Sunday.
Moments earlier, a letter signed by Potter was released to the press, saying she’d decided to resign as a Minneapolis police officer, effective immediately, citing the “best interests” of the local community.
Pressed over concerns that Potter would be allowed to resign, rather than be fired, Elliot responded that he has “not accepted her resignation” yet.
He said his officer is continuing to review the matter, and more information will be announced shortly.
Mike Elliott, the Mayor of Brooklyn CenterCredit: Getty Images – Getty
‘HE WAS LOVED. HE WAS OURS’
Daunte Wright’s family described their heartache and frustration over the 20-year-old’s death, who was shot dead by officer Kimberly Potter during a traffic stop on Sunday.
The mother of Wright’s two-year-old son said he was “stolen” from the family, and stolen from his child.
“My son, he don’t have a dad,” Chyna Whitaker said during Tuesday’s press conference. “I feel like they stole my son’s dad from him.”
Wright’s aunt also offered a passionate and emotive call to action on behalf of Wright’s father, who was too emotional to speak.
“My nephew was 20 years old — 20 years old,” she said. “He was loved. He was ours. He came from us.”
The grieving aunt also called for Potter to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, “just like how they would prosecute us”.
Her impassioned demand was met with chants of “lock her up”.
Daunte Wright’s AuntCredit: YouTube
GEORGE FLOYD’S FAMILY: ‘SO MUCH DISORDER’
Philonise Floyd, George’s brother, told the crowd: “Another African American man being slayed, I never thought that this world could be in so much disorder.
“Police officers are killing us and we are being killed at a rate I never thought we could imagine.
“Minneapolis, you can’t sweep this under the rug anymore. To the protesters all around this nation, stand up. We need you all to come out.
“This is a family that needs us to stand in solidarity with them. Please pray for this family. I don’t want to see another victim.”
George Floyd’s nephew, Brandon, said: “We came to stand with this family. A so-called mistake? A handgun for a taser? It’s unacceptable.”
WRIGHT’S FAMILY SPEAKS DURING EMOTION PRESS CONFERENCE
A press briefing with the families of Wright and Floyd and Attorneys Ben Crump and Jeff Storms took place in Minneapolis this afternoon.
Screams of “say his name: Daunte Wright” could be heard and his weeping mom, Katie Wright, said: “I held him in my arms.”
The crowd chanted “Daunte’s life mattered” and “Black Lives Matter”.
Wright’s mom described the day of her son’s death “as the worst day of my life”.
Wright’s aunt said: “They killed my nephew. Every pistol, even a Taser, has a safety on it. I watched that video like everybody else watched it – that woman held that gun in front of her so a long time.
“My nephew was 20-years-old – I don’t care what nobody has to say about him.
“My nephew was a lovable young man… the most beautiful smile. My nephew’s blood is on your hands.”
BROOKLYN CENTER POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS
Police Chief Tim Gannon has resigned following the shooting of Daunte Wright, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Elliott said that Commander Tony Gruenig is going to be the acting chief.
Gannon’s resignation followed just moments after Kimberly Potter, the officer who fired the fatal shot that killed Wright, announced her resignation, citing the “best interests” of the community.
“As of this morning, we have the resignation — we have received a resignation letter from officer Kim Potter. And in addition to that, we have also received a letter of resignation from the police chief,” Elliott said at a news conference.
During a press conference yesterday, Gannon revealed that it is his “belief that the officer had the intention to employ his taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet.”
He said Wright’s death was the result of an “accidental discharge”.
GEORGE FLOYD FAMILY PLEDGES TO ‘FIGHT FOR JUSTICE’ FOR WRIGHT
Philonise Floyd, the younger brother of George Floyd, extended his family’s condolences to Wright’s during a press conference on Tuesday.
“We will stand in support with you all,” he said. “We will fight for justice for this family, just like we’re fighting for our brother. Please pray for this family.”
Speaking with Daunte Wright and George Floyd’s family behind him, attorney Ben Crump called the death of Wright ‘unbelievable’.
“It is unbelievable. It is just something I could not fathom, that in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a suburb, ten miles from where the Chauvin trial in regard to George Floyd was taking place, that a police officer would shoot and kill another unarmed black man.
“”If ever there was ever a time when nobody should be killed by police, it is during this pinnacle trial of Derek Chauvin,” he said.
“We believed with everything in our heart, Katie, that police would be on their best behavior. That they would exercise their greatest standard of care. That they would concentrate on deescalation in a way that they have never concentrated in America.”
WRIGHT’S FAMILY HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE WITH BEN CRUMP AND GEORGE FLOYD’S FAMILY
The family of Daunte Wright are currently holding a press conference, accompanied by civil rights attorney Ben Crump and the family of George Floyd.
The news conference is being held outside the Hennepin County Courthouse, where former Minneapolis PD officer Derek Chauvin is currently on trial for murdering Floyd during his arrest on May 25, 2020.
Wright was fatally shot by Officer Kimberly Potter on Sunday, around 10 miles away from the courthouse.
Moments before the press conference began, Officer Potter resigned effective immediately.
OFFICER WHO SHOT DAUNTE WRIGHT RESIGNS
Kimberly Potter, the suburban Minneapolis Police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright dead during a traffic stop on Sunday has resigned, effective immediately.
Potter’s resignation was announced by Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS), a labor union.
“Due to the ongoing investigation being conducted, Law Enforcement Labor Services is unable to provide any additional information or statements,” the LELS statement said.
In her letter, Potter wrote: “I am tendering my resignation from the Brooklyn Center Police Department effective immediately.
“I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately.”
WATCH: BODYCAM FOOTAGE SHOWS WRIGHT’S FATAL ARREST
A police body camera captured the fatal traffic stop where 20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot and killed by police.
Police Chief Tim Gannon said he believed the shooting was accidental, and Officer Kimberly Potter mistook her handgun for her taser.
Watch the incident below:
MAYOR: OFFICER WHO SHOT DAUNTE WRIGHT SHOULD BE FIRED
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott told CBS this morning that he believed Officer Kimberly Potter, who fatally shot Wright after reportedly mistaking her gun for her taser, should be fired.
“We’re right now assessing what … actions we’re going to take next,” Wright told the network.
“If you kill someone in any other line of work, you are at the very least going to lose your job.”
He continued: “My position has been that … I do believe that the officer should be fired.”
BIDEN CALLS FOR CALM AMID MINNEAPOLIS PROTESTS
President Joe Biden said on Monday there was no justification for violence or looting after the death of Duante Wright on Sunday.
Speaking in the Oval Office, Biden said: “Peaceful protest is understandable. And the fact is that we do know that the anger, pain and trauma that exists in the black community in that environment is real, serious and consequential.
“But that does not justify violence.”
The president also confirmed that he has watched footage of Wright’s fatal arrest, calling it “fairly graphic”.
“The question is whether it was an accident or intentional? That remains to be determined,” Biden said. “We should listen to Daunte’s mom, who is calling for peace and calm.”
As to whether he expected the country to be on a “razor’s edge” over yet another police killing of a black man, Biden said: “I’m hopeful that there will be an outcome that will be supported by the vast majority of people in the region and that is my expectation.”
Credit: AFP – Getty
CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY BEN CRUMP IS HIRED BY WRIGHT FAMILY
Famed civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who also represented the family of George Floyd, has been hired by Duante Wright’s family to represent them.
In a statement, Crump said Wright “is yet another young Black man killed at the hands of those who have sworn to protect and serve all of us — not just the whitest among us.
“As Minneapolis and the rest of the country continue to deal with the tragic killing of George Floyd, now we must also mourn the loss of this young man and father.”
Crump continued: “This level of lethal force was entirely preventable and inhumane. What will it take for law enforcement to stop killing people of color? The growing number of Black men and women who have been killed or harmed by police is far too hefty a price for the equality we are seeking.
“We join Daunte’s family in demanding justice for him, and holding those responsible for his death accountable.”
Daunte Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, and Floyd family attorney Ben Crump walk after a candlelit vigilCredit: Reuters
OBAMA SPEAKS ON WRIGHT’S DEATH
Former President Barack Obama released a statement on Tuesday about the shooting of Wright, calling it “a reminder of just how badly we need to re-imagine policing.”
“Our hearts are heavy over yet another shooting of a Black man, Daunte Wright, at the hands of police,” the statement began.
“The fact that this could happen even as the city of Minneapolis is going through the trial of Derek Chauvin and reliving the heart-wrenching murder of George Floyd indicates not just how important is is to conduct a full and transparent investigation, but also just how badly we need to re-imagine policing and public safety in this country.”
Obama added that he and former first lady Michelle “grieve alongside the Wright family for their loss.”
“We empathize with the pain that Black mothers, fathers, and children are feeling after yet another senseless tragedy. And we will continue to work with all fair-minded Americans to confront historical inequities and bring about nationwide changes that are so overdue,” he said.
‘AN AMAZING, LOVING KID’
Katie Wright has described her son Duante as an “amazing, loving kid” who “had a big heart”, “bright smile” and a passion for basketball.
Speaking to ABC, Wright said: “He had a 2-year-old son that’s not going to be able to play basketball with him. He had sisters and brothers that he loved so much.
“He just had his whole life taken away from him. We had our hearts pulled out of our chests. He was my baby.’
The grieving mother said she wants to see “justice served” and the officer who shot their son to be “held accountable for everything that she’s taken from us.”
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