Civil unrest spread from Minneapolis, Minnesota, across much of the United States last year after the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
Police shooting sparks riots
According to Fox News, the demonstrations began in Brooklyn Center following the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright who was fatally shot by an officer during a traffic stop.
Bodycam footage revealed officer Kim Potter drawing her service weapon while shouting “taser” at Wright as the suspect seemed to struggle with another officer. Potter fired a round from her handgun, fatally striking Wright in what Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon initially described as an apparent accidental discharge.
Both Potter and Gannon have since resigned from their respective positions and Potter is reportedly facing criminal charges.
The shooting sparked multiple nights of rioting as looters have targeted multiple businesses and set fires throughout the community.
Some 40 individuals were reportedly arrested on Tuesday during clashes between police and protesters, some of whom hurled objects at responding officers.
“Prayers are not enough”
Democratic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz reacted to the disturbances by imposing a curfew on affected counties between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Minneapolis Police Department Deputy Chief for Professional Standards noted that 13 additional arrests were made in her city. Of those apprehended, she said that four face burglary charges, six are facing curfew violations, two allegedly discharged firearms, and one individual was arrested for an outstanding warrant.
In a tweet on Monday evening, Vice President Kamala Harris demanded answers in connection to Wright’s death but did not specifically call on rioters to restore order in the streets.
“Prayers are not enough,” she wrote. “Daunte Wright should still be with us. While an investigation is underway, our nation needs justice and healing, and Daunte’s family needs to know why their child is dead — they deserve answers.”
Fox News Channel personality Tomi Lahren took issue with the response of many on the left, asking: “How many more cities and communities need to be destroyed before Democrats, including our president, come out and condemn these groups?”