Protesters on Wednesday (April 14) chanted “Daunte Wright”- the name of the Black motorist fatally shot by a white police officer in Minnesota during a traffic stop in Minnesota, igniting several nights of civil unrest.
Daunte Wright, 20, was pulled over on Sunday in Brooklyn Center, just outside Minneapolis, for what police said was an expired vehicle registration, then struggled with police and was shot to death by officer Kimberly Potter, 48, who drew her handgun instead of a Taser in what officials called an accident.
The shooting escalated tensions in a region already on edge over the ongoing trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the use of deadly force last May against George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who was suspected of passing a bogus $20 bill.
Potter, a 26-year department veteran, was taken into custody by agents of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at the agency’s office in nearby St. Paul, authorities said.
She was charged with second-degree manslaughter and booked into Hennepin County jail without bond, jail records said.
Protesters assembled outside Brooklyn Center police headquarters for a third night on Tuesday (April 13), some throwing bottles and other projectiles over a fence surrounding the building. Officers fired tear gas, non-lethal rounds and flash-bang rounds, to disperse the crowd.
(Production: Julio Cesar-Chavez, Deborah Gembara