Police shooting death of another Black man, Daunte Wright, sparks unrest in US
The fatal shooting of a young Black man by US police near the city of Minneapolis sparked unrest for a second night on Monday, roiling a region already on edge over the police killing of George Floyd.
Daunte Wright, 20, was fatally shot on Sunday by a female officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, after being pulled over for an expired vehicle registration.
Hundreds of protesters defied the rain and a curfew ordered by Minnesota state Governor Tim Walz clashed with police in riot gear as darkness fell outside police headquarters.
Police Chief Tim Gannon told a news briefing earlier in the day that a routine traffic stop of Wright had escalated into a deadly confrontation when officers ran a check on his expired vehicle registration and found an outstanding warrant for him.
During Monday’s memorial gathering at the spot where Wright was killed, relatives remembered him as a good-natured father who worked multiple jobs to support his 2-year-old son, and they rejected the notion that an accidental shooting was to blame for his death.
Wright was killed just 10 miles (16 km) from the courthouse holding the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over the murder of Floyd.
Floyd, 46, died after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds while he was handcuffed and lying on the ground during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.
Floyd’s death, captured by an onlooker’s cellphone video showing his neck pinned under Chauvin’s knee, unleashed months of nationwide protests and civil strife over U.S. racial injustice and police violence in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.