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Dozens arrested after riots break out in second night of unrest in Minneapolis suburb

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 4/13/2021 Jake Dima
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Dozens of protesters were arrested Monday as riots commenced for the second consecutive night in a Minneapolis suburb after a man was shot and killed by a police officer who mistook her sidearm for a Taser.

At least 40 violent demonstrators found themselves behind bars in Brooklyn Center by the conclusion of the night after crowds of protesters clashed with police, looted businesses, and defied a 7 p.m. curfew.

Five businesses were ransacked throughout the unrest, including a liquor store, a Target Express, an Auto Zone, and a shoe business, according to Minnesota's Operation Safety Net, a group of law enforcement officers tasked with protecting Minneapolis during the George Floyd trial.

Daunte Wright, 20, was shot by officer Kimberly Potter, a 26-year veteran of the department, in what has been called an accidental incident after she drew her firearm instead of her Taser. Body camera footage showed the struggle between officers and Wright, and as he tried to flee in his car, Potter can be heard yelling, “Taser! Taser!” before striking him once with gunfire.

“Holy s---. I shot him,” Potter can be heard saying.

The Hennepin County medical examiner released its autopsy report Monday, which said Wright, who crashed into another car several blocks away, “died of a gunshot wound of the chest and manner of death is homicide.”

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Dozens of gunshots can be heard in video from the second night of unrest in Brooklyn Center as other footage showed a crowd ransacking a Dollar Tree.

Other footage showed officers launching nonlethal munitions at a crowd gathering outside a police department headquarters while lines of law enforcement in riot gear clashed with demonstrators on the street.

Officials with Operation Safety Net attempted to disperse the crowd peacefully, but their efforts "were not successful," they said.

"We are thankful there has been minimal damage to our business corridors tonight," Minneapolis Deputy Chief Amelia Huffman said.

Riot activity was also noted in Portland and Seattle as demonstrators took to the streets to vandalize property.

In Portland, a crowd of roughly 200 people hurled "rocks, bricks, concrete and other dangerous projectiles" at department personnel after a number of items thrown were stolen from the yards of residents in the area, law enforcement announced. Rioters targeted the Penumbra Kelly Building, a government facility, and broke windows and set off fireworks throughout the night.

The rioters were also observed cutting through a fence that housed several Portland Police Bureau vehicles, slashing tires, and busting the windows of the cruisers. Arrest information was not immediately available, but the department has offered a $2,500 reward for information related to the spree of violence.

In Seattle, "multiple businesses" were tagged with the phrases "No Peace," "BLM," and "F--- 12," police announced. Storefront windows were shattered, and footage taken by law enforcement showed a convoy of officers descending on the crowd.

The Seattle Police Department has not noted any arrests.

In New York City, protesters shut down the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday night, while demonstrators in Los Angeles gathered in small numbers.

Wright's death garnered the attention of the White House as Vice President Kamala Harris said that "prayers are not enough" in a tweet calling for "answers" for the 20-year-old's family.

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"Prayers are not enough," she wrote. "Daunte Wright should still be with us. While an investigation is underway, our nation needs justice and healing, and Daunte’s family needs to know why their child is dead — they deserve answers."

President Joe Biden urged calm in the wake of the shooting.

"The question is whether it was an accident or intentional. That remains to be determined," he told reporters in the Oval Office. "Peaceful protest is understandable. And the fact is that we do know that the anger, pain, and trauma that exists in black community in that environment is real, serious, and consequential. But that does not justify violence."

Tags: News, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Portland, Seattle, Riots, Unrest, Daunte Wright, Police, Law Enforcement

Original Author: Jake Dima

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