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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
“It feels like we’re in a war zone,” one woman said as she filmed live.
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.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott also announced a curfew in the city until 6 a.m. Monday.
“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 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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