A police officer in Minnesota fatally shot a motorist on Sunday within the metropolis of Brooklyn Heart, about 10 miles north of Minneapolis the place a police officer is on trial and charged with murdering George Floyd final 12 months, the authorities and witnesses mentioned.
A big crowd of individuals was gathering Sunday night on the scene the place the motive force died and a few started to leap on and break the home windows of police automobiles, in line with video posted on Fb.
Officers with protecting physique gear and helmets have been additionally on the scene, in line with video posted on Twitter.
Simply earlier than 2 p.m., officers pulled over a driver for a visitors violation and decided that the motive force had an excellent warrant, the Brooklyn Heart Police Division mentioned in an announcement. Officers tried to arrest the motive force however he “re-entered the automobile,” the police mentioned.
“One officer discharged their firearm, placing the motive force,” the assertion mentioned. “The automobile then traveled a number of blocks earlier than placing one other automobile.”
The driving force died on the scene of the crash in a residential neighborhood, the police mentioned. The police additionally mentioned they believed body-worn cameras and dashboard cameras “have been activated” in the course of the episode.
A lady on the scene of the crash mentioned she was the sufferer’s mom. She recognized her son as Daunte Wright, 20, and mentioned he had known as her when the police pulled him over.
Mr. Wright was in a automobile his household had simply given him two weeks in the past, and was driving along with his girlfriend, she mentioned.
“He known as me at about 1:40, mentioned he was getting pulled over by the police,” the lady informed reporters on the scene, in line with a Fb Reside video. “He mentioned they pulled him over as a result of he had air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror.”
Mr. Wright additionally mentioned the police had questions in regards to the automobile insurance coverage, she mentioned.
“I mentioned when the police officer comes again to the window, put him on the telephone and I’ll give him the insurance coverage info,” she mentioned. “Then I heard the police officer come to the window and say, ‘Put the telephone down and get out of the automotive.’ And Daunte mentioned why. He mentioned, ‘We’ll clarify to you whenever you get out of the automotive.’”
The girl mentioned she heard her son both drop the telephone, or put the telephone on the dashboard after which “I heard scuffling and I heard the police officer say, ‘Daunte, don’t run’ after which the officer mentioned, ‘put the telephone down’ and hung it up.”
The girl mentioned she known as her son’s telephone again and that Mr. Wright’s girlfriend answered. The girlfriend informed her that Mr. Wright had been shot, she mentioned. The girlfriend was not injured, in line with the police.
Individuals, together with Mr. Wright’s family members, gathered on the scene. Whereas some individuals have been yelling at officers and demanding solutions, Mr. Wright’s members of the family urged individuals to be nonviolent.
“We wish justice for Daunte. We don’t need it to be about all this violence,” the lady who recognized herself as Mr. Wright’s mom mentioned.
She additionally mentioned she wished her son’s physique to be taken care of.
“I requested them to please take my son off the bottom,” she mentioned. “He’s been there since 1:47 this afternoon.”
A Brooklyn Heart police officer informed individuals on the scene that the sufferer’s physique couldn’t be moved till members of the Bureau of Prison Apprehension, a division of the Minnesota Division of Public Security, arrived and investigated, in line with a Fb Reside video.
The bureau mentioned on Twitter that brokers have been en path to the scene of what it described as “an officer concerned capturing.”
The episode in Brooklyn Heart unfolded in opposition to the backdrop of the trial of Officer Derek Chauvin, who’s charged with homicide within the dying of George Floyd in Minneapolis final 12 months. That episode, captured on video by witnesses, helped spark off a summer time of protests across the nation in opposition to police brutality.
Officer Chauvin was on video kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck, a transfer that Chief Medaria Arradondo of the Minneapolis Police Division mentioned “completely” violated the division’s insurance policies throughout an arrest.
“As soon as Mr. Floyd had stopped resisting, and definitely as soon as he was in misery and making an attempt to verbalize that, that ought to have stopped,” Chief Arradondo mentioned.
Neil Vigdor contributed reporting.