Riots break out after a black man shot by police in Minneapolis

by Jenny Mount · Apr 12th, 2021 11:03 am

Last Updated Apr 13th, 2021 at 8:26 pm

Violent riots broke out Sunday night after a black man was shot by police during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb.

The man, 20-year-old Daunte Wright, later died after crashing his vehicle several blocks away.

According to a statement made by Brooklyn Center police, officers had stopped a motorist and tried to arrest the driver after determining he had an outstanding warrant. The driver then got back into the vehicle, prompting the officer to fire at the car, striking the driver. The vehicle traveled several blocks before crashing into another vehicle.

"All the violence, if it keeps going, it's only going to be about the violence. We need it to be about why my son got shot for no reason," Wright's mother, Katie Wright, said to people near the scene of the shooting. "We need to make sure it's about him and not about smashing police cars, because that's not going to bring my son back."

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However, Katie Wright said her son was shot before he got back into the car.

"All he did was have air fresheners in the car and they told him to get out of the car," said Katie Wright.

During a phone call with Daunte Wright, Katie Wright said she heard scuffling and then someone saying "Daunte, don't run" before the call ended. Katie Wright called back and her son's girlfriend answered saying that he had been shot.

Rioters responded to the shooting by jumping on top of police cars and confronting officers. Marchers went to the Brooklyn Center police department building where they threw rocks and other objects at officers.

According to police, Brooklyn Center officers wear body cameras and believe that dash cameras were activated during the incident. The department has asked the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz tweeted he was praying for Wright's family.


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