Updated: April 12, 2021 01:13 AM
Created: April 11, 2021 10:23 PM
Protests erupted Sunday in Brooklyn Center after a police officer shot and killed a man during a traffic stop. Mayor Mike Elliott issued a curfew until 6 a.m. Monday morning for anyone in the city, with exceptions for those traveling for work or emergency situations.
Members of the community first started gathering throughout the afternoon near the scene where Daunte Wright was pronounced dead at 63rd Avenue North and Lee Avenue.
What started as a couple dozen protesters grew to more than a hundred. People waved Black Lives Matter flags, blasted music and chanted at the police. As the crowd grew, police reinforcements in tactical gear started showing up to secure the area.
At one point, people started jumping on a squad car at the scene, and some were seen throwing concrete blocks. Police in riot gear then began advancing toward the crowd to maintain order. Katie Wright, the mother of the victim got on a speaker and asked people to calm down.
This was taken at 7:15— Ben Henry (@BenryNews) April 12, 2021
Police SUVs were getting damaged - one was throwing a concrete block to smash windows, others were stomping the roof.
Police moved in to try and keep order.
The mother of the shooting victim got on speaker asking everyone to stop the violence. pic.twitter.com/RAbMxaSSel
After marshals formed a line at the front of the demonstration, police eventually backed away from the protesters, got in their vehicles and drove away, according to social media reports from the scene.
Around nightfall, protesters regrouped at 63rd and Lee. Activists were giving speeches and led the crowd in song and chants as they gathered around a makeshift memorial of chalk art and candles.
Around 9 p.m., the crowd of protesters began making their way toward the Brooklyn Center Police Department headquarters. Aerial footage appeared to show police forming a perimeter around the building.
"The officer shooting in Brooklyn Center today is tragic," Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said on Twitter. "We are asking the protesters to continue to be peaceful and that peaceful protesters are not dealt with with force."
Just after 9:30 p.m., officers declared the demonstration outside the police station an unlawful assembly and gave them a 10-minute warning to clear out. About 25 minutes later, officers started firing less-lethal rounds and flash-bang grenades to disperse protesters remaining in the area.
The crowd moved across the street from the police station and continued chanting. Social media reports show officers periodically launching flash-bangs and less-lethal rounds at protesters who approach the line of police.
Around 10:15 Metro Transit said it was shutting down public transit in Brooklyn Center at the request of law enforcement.
10:14 p.m. At the request of local law enforcement, Brooklyn Central Transit Center will not service transit vehicles until further notice. -LN— Metro Transit (@MetroTransitMN) April 12, 2021
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