Portland police declare riot after vigil for Daunte Wright shooting

James Marshall
April 13, 2021

They were marching for Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old who was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn Center, near Minneapolis.

Following Mr Wright's death, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon released body camera footage from the officer who fired - and told a news conference she had made a mistake.

58% of police-involved killings in the USA a year ago began when officers responded to non-violent incidents, per the Mapping Police Violence database.

Shortly before 9:00 pm local time (12pm AEST Tuesday), almost two hours after the curfew went into effect, dozens of protesters continued to wave signs and chant slogans in front of the police station in Brooklyn Center, where Sunday's killing occurred. "We need to make sure it's about him and not about smashing police cars, because that's not going to bring my son back".

When officers attempt to handcuff Mr Wright, he scuffles with them and gets back in the auto.

National Guard troops had been expected to more than double to over 1,000 by Monday night in case the situation escalated.

"Holy s***, I just shot him", the policewoman is heard saying as the vehicle drives away.

Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office said in a statement.

Protesters confronted police over the shooting death of Daunte Wright at a rally at the Brooklyn Center Police Department.

Wright mother, Katie, say her heart dey "broken in a thousand pieces".

Demonstrators launch fireworks towards members of the National Guard during a protest in Brooklyn Center
Demonstrators launch fireworks towards members of the National Guard during a protest in Brooklyn Center

His family have rejected that suggestion and his half-brother, Dallas Wright, told a vigil on Monday: "My brother lost his life because they were trigger happy". "I miss am well well ". "Because of an accident?" Derek Chauvin, then a serving police officer, was charged with Mr Floyd's murder and is on trial now.

The lawyer who helped win a $27m civil settlement for the Floyd family said he was now representing the Wright family.

The video touched off protests against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States and around the world.

President Joe Biden has called or a "full-blown investigation" and urged people to remain peaceful.

For many here this is a familiar story.

Court records show Wright was being sought after failing to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June.

According to video taken by several independent journalists at the scene, police were at the building when protesters arrived, and some protesters threw fireworks at police. It's a familiar pattern of engagement.

Few would have imagined the wretched events that have unfolded before the trial concludes.

"We were incredibly saddened to hear about the loss of life at the hands of law enforcement in Minnesota yesterday", she said.

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