Minneapolis curfew after new assassination of African-American

Relatives of Daunte Wright, 20, mourn the murder of the young man. AP Photo

Minnesota authorities declared a state of emergency on Monday and a curfew at 19:00 p.m. local time in the Minneapolis metropolitan area, after the death of another African-American at the hands of the police, just as the end of the trial is near for the George Floyd case.

In a joint press conference, the governor of the state, Tim Walz, and the mayors of the conurbation formed by Minneapolis and Saint Paul (the two largest in the state) announced the measures, aimed at avoiding possible altercations in the coming hours, in the that protests such as those that already took place on Sunday night are planned.

The state of emergency, which gives mayors the authority to take urgent action if necessary, affects the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, while the curfew - from 19:00 p.m. local time on Monday to 06:00 a.m. Tuesday- extends to all of Hennepin, Ramsey and Anoka counties.

A slap to the community that mourns Floyd

The police officer who shot and killed a black man during a traffic stop in a suburb of Minneapolis apparently intended to fire a taser pistol, not a pistol, while the man was fighting with police, the chief of police said Monday. city ​​police.

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting death Sunday of 20-year-old Daunte Wright as "an accidental discharge." It happened when the police tried to arrest Wright with a pending warrant. The shooting sparked violent protests in a metropolitan area already on the brink of trial for the first of four officers charged in George Floyd's death.

"Tase you! Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser! ”The officer is heard screaming in images from her body camera released at a press conference. She draws her gun after the man breaks free from the police outside his car and gets behind the wheel.

After firing a single shot from his pistol, the car drives away and the officer is heard saying: “Santo (expletive)! I shot him. "

President Joe Biden urged calm on Monday after a night when officers in riot gear clashed with protesters. The president said he saw the images from the body camera.

"We know that the anger, pain and trauma in the midst of the black community is real," Biden said from the Oval Office. But, he added, that "does not justify violence and looting."

Organizers of the Movement for Black Lives, a national coalition of more than 150 black-led political and advocacy groups, singled out Wright's assassination as yet another reason cities must accept proposals to defund an "irreparably broken racist system." .

Wright “shouldn't have had his life taken last night. The fact that the police killed him just miles from where George Floyd was murdered last year is a slap in the face to an entire community that continues to cry, ”said Karissa Lewis, the coalition's national field director.

With information from agencies

 

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