Protests intensify against Wright shooting, Chauvin trial – watch

Protesters gathered on Monday night to decry the police shooting of Daunte Wright earlier in the day. Less than 10 miles away was the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer currently on trial for George Floyd’s death. The name of the police officer who shot Wright has been revealed as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department. CNN reported that several pepper balls, as well as tear gas, had been thrown by police towards protesters who had begun to advance towards a wall of officers. About 100 Minnesota National guard troops will be dispatched to Minneapolis, CBS reported.

Reportedly, Black Lives Matter protests are scheduled throughout cities across America, including Seattle, New York City.

A protest has already been mobilized in Washington DC.

A state of emergency was declared by Mayor Jacob Frey on Monday evening, and a curfew was extended, and is still in effect until Tuesday at 6 a.m., which is part of what led to the police-protester altercations. The bullet fired by Potter was ruled as a homicide, media outlets reported. Potter accidentally opened fire with her gun instead of her Taser during a traffic stop struggle with Wright. Earlier, Frey said the city council passed a motion to give command authority over the police department to the mayor’s office after the fatal shooting. “The police chief needs to be fired immediately, in order to bring some semblance of justice,” Nekima Levy Armstrong told CBS. Political figures, as well as civilians, took to Twitter to condemn the shooting. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) wrote, “This epidemic of injustice that Black Americans face daily must end.”

Reuters contributed to this report.
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