Police shoot Black driver near Minneapolis: Protests in Brooklyn Center

Police fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop near Minneapolis Sunday, sparking protests at the scene and the police station.

What’s happening: An unlawful assembly was declared outside the station in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Center, in Hennepin County, late Sunday. Police later fired tear gas, flash-bang grenades and rubber bullets at the protest crowd outside the building, per the Star Tribune.

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  • “Some protesters lobbed projectiles at officers in riot gear, MPR News reports.

The big picture: Police said an officer fired his weapon after the driver tried to re-enter his car while being taken into custody during at traffic stop about 2 p.m.

  • Officials say they believe officers’ body cameras were activated at the time of the shooting.

Our thought bubble: The shooting in Brooklyn Centerthreatens to further heighten tensions between police and the community as the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd continues.

What they’re saying: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) tweeted, “I am closely monitoring the situation in Brooklyn Center. Gwen and I are praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement.”

  • Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott in a statement called the shooting tragic, adding: “We are asking the protesters to continue to be peaceful and that peaceful protesters are not dealt with with force.”

What to watch: The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting.

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Editor’s note: This a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

Source: Axios Breaking News

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