Almost a year after the tragic death of George Floyd, Minnesota is once again brewing with unrest.
The Twin Cities declared a state of emergency Monday against the backdrop of former police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial and fresh riots sparked by the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, Fox News reported.
Meanwhile, heads started to roll at the embattled Brooklyn City police department Tuesday as the officer involved in Wright’s death and the police chief resigned.
Footage of shooting released
Wright, a 20-year old Black man, had been stopped by police on Sunday for a traffic violation when officers attempted to arrest him for an outstanding warrant. He attempted to flee, and a scuffle ensued.
Now ex-police chief Tim Gannon had said Monday that an officer, Kim Potter, mistakenly reached for her firearm instead of a Taser.
Disturbing footage of the fatal encounter, released Monday, shows a female officer shouting “Taser! Taser! Taser!” and then, “Oh my god!” upon seeming to realize she shot Wright with a firearm. He then drives away and, according to reports, crashed his car.
Minneapolis on edge
The apparently accidental killing has been called an example of police brutality against Black people by protesters and local leaders, like Gov. Tim Walz (D).
Minneapolis and St. Paul are both under a curfew and state of emergency, and the security presence in the area has escalated. However, that did not prevent a second night of looting and clashes with police Monday that led to 40 arrests on charges from curfew violations to rioting.
Five businesses were looted, including a Dollar Tree that had its windows smashed, and some rioters tossed water bottles and fireworks at officers. The night prior, some shots were fired as some 20 businesses were looted. Protesters also threw bricks and frozen soda cans at officers, causing one to be hospitalized with a head injury, Gannon said.
Officer steps down
On Tuesday, Potter and Gannon both resigned.
“I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately,” Potter said.
This comes as many fear that the current vigilante violence is just a prelude to what may transpire if Chauvin is acquitted of Floyd’s death.