A suburb of Minneapolis, the American city where the trial of a police officer accused of the murder of George Floyd is taking place, was placed under curfew Monday morning after demonstrations the night before following the death of a young man black man being shot by a policeman.
Hundreds of people gathered outside the Brooklyn Center police station, northwest of Minneapolis, and police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd, an AFP reporter said. .
At around midnight local time, the National Guard was deployed to the site and Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott declared a 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. local time curfew on Monday.
We want to make sure everyone is safe, tweeted the mayor.
Please be careful and go home.
Shortly before his death, the victim, Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old African-American boy, called his mother to warn her that he was being taken away by the police, she explained to the crowd on Sunday evening, according to reports. local media.
Katie Wright said she heard police ask her son to drop his phone and one of them ended the call. Soon after, Daunte Wright's girlfriend called her to tell her that her son had been shot.
The Minnesota Criminal Affairs Bureau confirmed to AFP that it was investigating the involvement of a police officer in a shooting in Brooklyn Center, but without revealing the identity of the victim.
According to a statement from the Brooklyn Center Police, officers arrested the driver of a car for traffic violation. They then realized that he was the subject of an arrest warrant and tried to arrest him.
But he got back into his car and a police officer used his weapon, hitting the driver, who died on the spot, the statement said. The passenger in the vehicle was injured, without her life being in danger, and taken to hospital, the statement continued without specifying the identity of the woman.
Brooklyn Center mayor called the shooting an incident
tragic and Tim Walz, Governor of Minnesota where Minneapolis is located, said the state
deplores the loss of another life of a black man at the hands of law enforcement.
On Sunday evening, some 200 people gathered in Brooklyn Center to protest. Photos show men kicking the windshield of a police vehicle. According to the newspaper Star Tribune, the police used rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the demonstrators.
After an hour, the police reduced their presence and the crowd, made up of some 200 demonstrators, lit candles and wrote chalk messages on the sidewalk demanding
justice for Daunte Wright.
But new incidents erupted when several hundred protesters gathered outside Brooklyn Center Police Headquarters. The police then fired tear gas and stun grenades.
At a press conference, John Harrington, the head of security in the state of Minnesota, said that
stones and other objects were thrown on police offices and that around 20 stores were looted in a shopping center. He added that the strength of the National Guard in the area would be increased on Monday.
This incident took place as the trial of Dereck Chauvin, a policeman accused of the murder of George Floyd, an African-American who died last May in that city, after being immobilized for long minutes below the knee of this policeman.
His death sparked outrage around the world and months of protests and riots across the country denouncing racism and police brutality.
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