Violent protests after Minnesota police kill man fleeing traffic stop

Monday, April 12

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Protests and looting continued throughout the night in the US state of Minnesota, after police fatally shot a 20-year-old man during a traffic stop on Sunday afternoon.

Police shot the man after pulling him over in the Brooklyn Center area, about 15 minutes from the city of Minneapolis.

Authorities said that the driver of the vehicle had an outstanding warrant.

As officers attempted to take the individual into custody, the driver re-entered the vehicle. An officer then discharged their firearm, striking the driver. 

The vehicle traveled for several blocks before striking another vehicle. Responding officers and emergency personnel performed live saving measures, but the driver was later pronounced dead on scene. 

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office plans to release the individual's name following a preliminary autopsy and family notification. However, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, relatives have identified the individual as 20-year-old Black man Daunte Wright. 

Crowds gathered at the scene demanding answers, resulting in a heavier police presence with officers carrying crowd control devices.  

Videos shared on social media show the windshields and front hoods of two squad cars smashed and dented.

Source: Newsday/Agencies/WCCO