The family of 20-year-old Daunte Wright said that he was shot by police before getting into his car and driving away. He crashed several blocks from the scene and was later pronounced dead.
“Our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement,” said Minnesota Governor Walz.
Wright’s death has sparked protests throughout Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. The city’s mayor issued a curfew, telling people to “be safe, go home.” Protesters that have disobeyed the curfew have succumbed to tear gas and stun grenades.
The details of the scene are unconfirmed other than that the Brooklyn Center Police Department said officers pulled a man over for a traffic violation and determined he had an outstanding arrest warrant.
They said that when police tried to arrest Daunte Wright, he re-entered his vehicle. An officer then shot the driver, who drove on for several blocks before crashing into another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Katie Wright, the mother of Daunte Wright, said that the police have not told her much. “Nobody will tell us anything. Nobody will talk to us.” She said that shortly before his death, Daunte called her during the traffic stop, saying that he had been pulled over because of “air fresheners hanging from his rear-view mirror”.
Communities in Minnesota are on edge, with scenes all too familiar to the widespread protests after the death of George Floyd last May. With the ongoing Chauvin trial underway, communities are concerned that there will be more protests to come.