Another black man shot dead by police, protests erupt US
Published: 12:30 PM, 12 April 2021 Updated: 03:34 PM, 12 April 2021
A crowd of protesters swelled into the hundreds on Sunday night; Photo: BBC/Getty Images
A black man named Daunte Wright, 20, was fatally shot dead in a traffic shop in the United States. As a result, protests have erupted near the US city of Minneapolis on Sunday night (Monday morning Bangladesh time).
As a result, tensions are now high as the trial of former officers accused of killing George Floyd takes place.
Meanwhile, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said he was “closely monitoring the situation” and praying for Wright’s family and his departed soul.
According to BBC, hundreds of people gathered for the protests in the city of Brooklyn Center on Sunday where clashes broke out with the police.
The police fired tear gas at the crowd to disperse them. Two police vehicles were destroyed with stones and jumped on, reports Reuters.
In a statement, the Brooklyn Center Police Department said officers pulled a man for a traffic violation on Sunday afternoon before determining that “he had an outstanding arrest warrant”.
When police tried to arrest him, he re-entered the vehicle and drove away, they said in the statement.
The statement also read: “An officer then shot the driver, who traveled several blocks before he crashed into another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.”
However, Wright’s mother Katie has pleaded for more information.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said the shooting was “tragic”. “We are asking the protesters to continue to be peaceful and those peaceful protesters are not dealt with force,” he wrote on Twitter.
Source: BBC, Reuters