National Guard deployed in Minneapolis after fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright

The National Guard was deployed in Minneapolis as hundreds of people looted and rioted into the early hours Monday after a black man was shot dead by police just 10 miles from where George Floyd died.

Police officers in riot gear fire tear gas in front of the Brooklyn Center Police Station as people gather to protest after a police officer shot and killed a black man in Minnesota.
Police officers in riot gear fire tear gas in front of the Brooklyn Center Police Station as people gather to protest after a police officer shot and killed a black man in Minnesota.AFP via Getty Images

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.

Protesters confront law enforcement on April 11, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
Protesters confront law enforcement on April 11, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
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Within hours of Wright’s 2 p.m. fatal shooting, at least 500 protesters had taken to the streets, according to the Star Tribune — many looting and trashing up to at least 20 stores, officials later revealed.

Protesters gather in front of the Brooklyn Center Police station.
Protesters gather in front of the Brooklyn Center Police station.
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“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.

A demonstrator jumps off a police cruiser during a protest.
A demonstrator jumps off a police cruiser during a protest.
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As many carried “Black Lives Matter” banners through the streets, protesters jumped on top of police vehicles — and started throwing rocks and other projectiles at officers, officials said.

In ugly confrontations caught on videos on social media, police fought back with tear gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets.

Officers stand guard outside Brooklyn Center Police Department.
Officers stand guard outside Brooklyn Center Police Department.
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“It feels like we’re in a war zone,” one woman said as she filmed live.

Daunte Wright
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.
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The National Guard was deployed and arrived just before midnight, the Star Tribune said — with officials announcing that more would be arriving throughout Monday to help quell further violence.

Police officers take cover as they clash with protesters after an officer reportedly shot and killed a black man in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Looting was widespread late Sunday into early Monday, spilling into north and south Minneapolis.
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Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott also announced a curfew in the city until 6 a.m. Monday. 

Protesters stand on top of a police car after an officer reportedly shot and killed a black man in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Police said Brooklyn Center officers wear body-worn cameras and they also believe dash cameras were activated during the incident.
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“We want to make sure everyone is safe. Please be safe and please go home,” he said in a tweet.

Looting was widespread late Sunday into early Monday, spilling into north and south Minneapolis. Several businesses around a Walmart were completely destroyed, including Foot Locker, T Mobile, and a New York men’s clothing store, the Star Tribune said.

Police stand near a police cruiser after a rock was thrown at it in protest
“It feels like we’re in a war zone,” one woman said as she filmed live.
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Police said Brooklyn Center officers wear body-worn 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.

With Post wires

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