Police officers fired teargas and flash bangs to disperse the crowd of protesters last night at the Brooklyn center outside the Police station over the death of a man, Daunte Wright who was fatally shot during a traffic search warrant.
By around midnight local time (0500 GMT), the National Guard was on the scene and Brooklyn Center mayor Mike Elliott imposed a curfew from 1 am Monday until 6 am.
“We want to make sure everyone is safe,” the mayor tweeted. “Please be safe and please go home.”
Katie Wright, the mother of the 20-year-old man said she heard officers tell her son to put his phone down, and then one of the officers ended the call. Soon after, her son’s girlfriend told her he had been shot.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirmed to AFP 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.
Protesters were seen breaking windshield and hitting police vehicles, while there has also been cases of looting at a liquor store and other sales outlets. The area is not far from where the Derek Chauvin trial is being held over the death of George Floyd last summer.