Minnesota National Guard was deployed in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis after hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters looted and rioted into the early hours Monday after a black man was shot dead while trying to flee arrest just 10 miles from where George Floyd died.
The fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center came as the Twin Cities was already in a state of high alert over the trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin, charged with Floyd’s murder last May.
Daunte Wright was shot and killed after he tried to drive away from officers who pulled him over for an outstanding warrant, police said.
It was not immediately clear what the warrant was for.
His vehicle traveled several blocks before striking another vehicle.
His girlfriend sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the crash.
Police said Brooklyn Center officers wear body cameras and they also believe dash cameras were activated during the incident.
The department said it has asked the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate.
Within hours of Wright’s 2 p.m. fatal shooting, at least 500 Black Lives Matter protesters/rioters had taken to the streets.
According to the Star Tribune — many of the BLM mob looted and trashed up to at least 20 stores.
“Hey! They’re coming!” a man was heard yelling on one video that captured several people running out of a looted store with their hands full of stolen items as nearby car horns repeatedly honked.
— Jay Kofa (@jaykofa) April 12, 2021
Rioters carried Black Lives Matter banners through the streets.
The BLM protesters/rioters started throwing rocks and other projectiles at officers as they jumped on top of police vehicles.
Police fought back against the violent protesters with tear gas, flashbangs, and rubber bullets.
“It feels like we’re in a war zone,” one woman said as she filmed live.
At least one bullet was fired at a police station, shattering the front door but not injuring anyone, police told Kare11.
At about 11:30 p.m., Brooklyn Center police declared the crowd an unlawful assembly and said anyone who remained — including journalists — would be arrested, Minnesota Public Radio said.
Minnesota National Guard
The Minnesota National Guard was deployed and arrived just before midnight, the Star Tribune said — with officials announcing that more Minnesota National Guard troops would be arriving throughout Monday to help quell further violence.
“Are we at war?!” A protester yells as flash bang grenades explode around us. “Feels like we at war.” pic.twitter.com/lT8xS4HWro
— Liz Sawyer (@ByLizSawyer) April 12, 2021
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott also announced a curfew in the city until 6 a.m. Monday.
“We want to make sure everyone is safe. Please be safe and please go home,” he said in a tweet.
We are continuing to monitor the situation. As Mayor, I am imposing a curfew in the City Of Brooklyn Center. The curfew will be in place until 6am on Monday April 12, 2021. We want to make sure everyone is safe. Please be safe and please go home. pic.twitter.com/bJYGCE5GaW
— Mayor Mike Elliott (@mayor_elliott) April 12, 2021
Elliott said the community is “filled with grief.”
“Our hearts are with his family, and with all those in our community impacted by this tragedy,” he said.
Gov. Tim Walz said he was “closely monitoring the situation,” and was “praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement.”
The Minnesota National Guard was called in after looting became widespread late Sunday into early Monday.
But the BLM looting wasn’t just confined to Brooklyn Center — a city of about 30,000 people located on the northwest border of Minneapolis.
But the rioting, looting, and arson spilled into north and south Minneapolis as well.
Several businesses around a Walmart were completely destroyed, including a Foot Locker, a T-Mobile, and a New York men’s clothing store.
Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said at a press conference early Monday that there would be heavy police and Minnesota National Guard presence throughout the Twin Cities for the next few days.
Noting the ongoing Chauvin trial, Harrington stated:
“You will see a robust assortment of Minnesota National Guard, state and local police departments working together over the next two or three days. Any further civil unrest that may come from the Brooklyn Center officer-involved shooting.”
Brooklyn Center Schools Were Closed
“I haven’t entirely processed the tragedy that took place in our community and I’m prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of our students, families, staff members, and community members,” district superintendent Carly Baker said in a statement.
“We know our community experienced trauma and we need the time and space to process.
With Post wires