Protests, looting, and rioting occurred in the Twin Cities area in the aftermath of the 11 April fatal police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, MN. Wright was pulled over for having an expired registration on his vehicle and was then discovered to have an outstanding warrant. He was shot in the ensuing altercation and an investigation is ongoing. The Twin Cities area was already on edge due to the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis PD officer accused of killing George Floyd in May 2020.
- On 12 April, a 7:00pm was curfew was declared in Ramsey, Hennepin, Dakota and Anoka counties in an attempt to prevent widespread violence in reaction to Sunday’s death of Daunte Wright.
- More than 2,000 Minnesota National Guard members patrolled the streets alongside other state and local law enforcement officials until the metro-area curfew expired at 6:00am.
- Approximately 500 people gathered outside of the Brooklyn Center Police Department building to protest for two consecutive nights. Rioters threw projectiles and launched fireworks at police, and officers in riot gear deployed flash bangs and unspecified chemical irritants to disperse crowds.
- A total of 40 people were arrested at the Brooklyn Center protest; in Minneapolis, 13 people were arrested for curfew breaking and larceny-related crimes.
- Looting and property damage was widely reported at over 100 businesses throughout Minneapolis, St Paul, and Brooklyn Center.
- There were reports of multiple shootings and shots fired throughout the Twin Cities.
- The Brooklyn Center police chief and officer responsible for the shooting both resigned on 13 April.
OUTLOOKWhile no curfew has been declared for the night of 13 April, tensions remain high in the Twin Cities area. The Minnesota National Guard will continue its deployment until the trial of Derek Chauvin concludes. Small protests around the country are expected over the coming days, including a rally outside the Barclays Center in New York City and planned protests in Portland, OR. As the Chauvin trial nears a conclusion, there is a possibility of unrest depending on the verdict.
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