National Guard deployed as riots break out near Minneapolis after police involved shooting
By Ari Hoffman | The Post Millennial
The Minnesota National Guard was deployed in Minnesota after riots broke out in the wake of an officer-involved shooting that happened only a short distance from the location where George Floyd died in police custody of May 2020.
According to the Brooklyn Center Police Department, officers initiated a traffic stop at the 6300 block of Orchard Ave shortly before 2 pm Sunday.
A statement from police said that during the stop, officers determined that the driver had an outstanding warrant. As the officers were attempting to take the driver into custody, the driver re-entered the vehicle. One officer discharged a firearm striking the driver who then traveled several blocks before crashing.
Officers and medical personnel attempted life-saving measures, but the driver died at the scene. According to EMS audio, paramedics arrived at 1:48 pm and found one person dead.
A woman who lives near the crash site said she saw officers pull a man out of a car and perform CPR. A female passenger in the vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale. A police officer was also transported to the hospital with injuries, according to the audio.
Hundreds of rioters followed police officers back to the Brooklyn Center precinct in Minneapolis after they left the scene of that police-involved shooting earlier in the evening. Rioters closed down Humboldt Ave N. and 67th Ave. with makeshift barricades. Looters broke into GameStop, Walmart, Foot Locker, and other stores, and stole merchandise.
The rioters formed up against a line of officers in riot gear outside the police department. Rioters vandalized the property, attacked officers, and launched fireworks and other explosives. Police issued an unlawful assembly order and gave the rioters 10 minutes to disperse.
The rioters pushed into the precinct parking lot and in response, police set off flash bangs and launched tear gas to clear the crowd.
Looting has broken out at multiple stores including CVS, Foot Locker, Little Caesar’s and Walmart.
Police are now arresting looters at the local Footlocker and Walmart.
Following widespread looting, Mayor Mike Elliot has imposed a curfew until 6AM Monday morning.
The unrest began after hundreds gathered and began attacking police vehicles at the scene of a fatal traffic stop with an officer-involved shooting in the Brooklyn Center neighborhood of Minnesota Sunday evening.
Police released a statement saying that an investigation was underway as to that shooting earlier in the day.
A crowd began to gather at the scene later in the day following a rally at St. Paul for families of people killed by police.
The driver was later identified by his mother as Daunte Wright. His mother told reporters at the scene of the demonstration that the 20-year-old called her when he was pulled over and told her the police pulled him over for air fresheners hanging in the mirror. She said his girlfriend was in the car with him at the time of the incident. She said her son asked her for car insurance information over the phone, but then she heard police tell Daunte to get out of the car and that they would explain why once he had complied. The mother added she then heard someone yell, “Daunte, don’t run.”
The mother said that soon after, her son’s girlfriend called her to say he had been shot. Wright’s mother said she went to the scene and saw him “lifeless” by his car.
At approximately 6 pm, over 100 protesters who had gathered, tore down crime scene tape, and began attacking police vehicles, and advanced towards Police who were assembled nearby in riot gear. Officers advanced towards the vehicles and pushed the crowd back.
Rioters were seen carrying signs that said “Justice for George Floyd” and “Black Lives Matter” while chanting “F*** the police.” The site is approximately 10 minutes away from where Floyd died last May. The area has had the National Guard on site since the beginning of the trial of Derek Chauvin last month.