Roommates, as the third night of protests are underway in the name of Daunte Wright, Brooklyn Center Police are now using pepper spray and tear gas in an effort to get protesters to go home. Authorities have also officially labeled the protesting of Daunte Wright’s tragic death as an unlawful assembly and have ushered in some of the National Guard.
As the Minnesota suburb of Brooklyn Center continues to be in a state of unrest following the senseless death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, protestors recently gathered for a third night to make their voices heard—however local police did not meet them with open arms. As the sun began to set in Brooklyn Center, police officers used pepper spray, tear gas and fired flash bombs at protesters. In response, protestors threw water bottles and other items, as officers were dressed in full riot gear.
Meanwhile, as the protesting continued, Brooklyn Center Police officially declared the protesting as an unlawful assembly—which is when members of the National Guard were called in. Earlier this week, a 10 PM curfew was in effect for Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis and St. Paul, according to the Minnesota Operation Safety Net. In addition to holding signs that read “Justice for Daunte Wright,” protestors also climbed the fences outside of the FBI office.
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As we previously reported, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota Chief of Police Tim Gannon, released a statement regarding his findings in the fatal shooting death of Daunte Wright. Gannon claimed that the officer who shot and killed Wright intended to fire a taser, not a handgun. Gannon further described the shooting as “an accidental discharge,” saying that the officer (whose has since been identified as 26-year veteran officer Kim Potter) made a mistake.
Gannon and Potter have both since resigned from their positions.
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