The incident took place in the Minneapolis trial of Dereck Chauvin, a police officer accused of the murder of George Floyd, an African-American who died last May in that city, after being immobilized for long minutes below the knee of this policeman.
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Demonstrations took place on the evening of Sunday April 11 in a neighborhood of Minneapolis, an American city where the trial of a police officer accused of the murder of George Floyd is taking place, after the death of a young black man following a shooting involving the police. The Minnesota Criminal Affairs Bureau confirmed to AFP that it was investigating the involvement of a police officer in a shooting at Brookling Center, northwest of Minneapolis, without revealing the identity of the police officer. victim.
Police officers arrested the driver of a car for a traffic violation, according to a statement from the Brooklyn Center Police Department. They then realized that he was the subject of an arrest warrant and tried to arrest him. But he got back into his car and a police officer used his weapon, hitting the driver, who died on the spot, according to this source. The passenger in the vehicle was injured, without her life being in danger, and transported to hospital, the statement said, not specifying the identity of the woman either.
Some 200 people then gathered at Brooklyn Center on Sunday night, facing police in riot gear. According to the newspaper Star Tribune, the crowd smashed the windshields of two police vehicles and this one “used non-lethal weapons to disperse them”. After an hour, the police reduced their presence and the crowd lit candles and chalked messages on the sidewalk claiming “justice for Daunte Wright”. Brooklyn Center mayor lamented the incident on Twitter “tragic” and called on the protesters to stay “peaceful” to avoid any further use of force.
But new incidents erupted when several hundred protesters gathered outside Brooklyn Center Police Headquarters. The police then fired stun grenades and tear gas to disperse the crowd, noted an AFP journalist.