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BLM protesters gather after Minnesota cop fatally shoots driver during traffic stop

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BLM protesters gather after Minnesota cop fatally shoots driver during traffic stop

2021-04-12 05:45:14

By Dwaipayan

A Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer fatally shot a driver during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon, police said.

Officers initiated a stop for a traffic violation in the 6300 block of Orchard Ave. shortly before 2 p.m., Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said in a statement Sunday. There, they determined that the driver of the vehicle had an outstanding warrant.

"At one point as officers were attempting to take the driver into custody, the driver re-entered the vehicle," Gannon said. "One officer discharged their firearm, striking the driver."

He said the vehicle traveled several blocks before crashing into another vehicle. The passengers in the other car were not injured. Officers and medical personnel "attempted life saving measures" on the driver, Gannon said, "but the person died at the scene."

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office will release the person's name following a preliminary autopsy and family notification. Gannon said the officers wore body cameras, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal apprehension is now investigating the incident.

A female passenger who was also in the vehicle with the person shot sustained non-life threatening injuries during the crash, Gannon said. She was transported to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale.

Moments after the shooting, crowds of protesters gathered at the scene holding Black Lives Matter signs.

"I am closely monitoring the situation in Brooklyn Center. Gwen and I are praying for Daunte Wright's family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement," Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz tweeted Sunday night, referring to the driver who was fatally shot. ABC News affiliate KSTP spoke to Wright's mother, who identified him as the person shot, though police have not revealed his identity.

According to Walz's office, he will be hosting a press conference on Monday morning but have not yet given a time.

"He is monitoring the situation with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to learn more and determine how the State can help. State resources are currently on site," Walz's office said in a statement.

"The officer shooting in Brooklyn Center today is tragic," Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot tweeted Sunday night. "We are asking the protesters to continue to be peaceful and that peaceful protesters are not dealt with with force."

At around 9 p.m CT, the crowd of protesters began making their way toward the Brooklyn Center Police Department headquarters.

Aerial footage obtained by ABC News shows police forming a perimeter around the building.

Officers then declared the demonstration outside the police station an unlawful assembly and gave them a 10-minute warning to clear out. About 25 minutes later, officers started firing less-lethal rounds and flash bangs to disperse protesters remaining in the area.

 

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