The tension in the streets was thick on Friday night as protests erupted into violence in response to the news of two recent officer-involved shootings — one that killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Minnesota and an earlier incident that left 13-year-old Adam Toledo dead in Chicago, Illinois, according to Fox News.
Officials were initially set to lift a week-long curfew in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, where Wright was shot and killed last earlier this month by an officer who apparently grabbed her gun instead of her taser during a traffic stop gone wrong, but police ended up arresting more than 100 people outside of police headquarters as the rioting intensified, according to reports.
Rioters threw objects at police officers and breached a barrier outside the police department, which resulted in pepper spray and flash bangs deployed against them by police. An unlawful assembly was eventually declared and the curfew was reinstated, which lasted from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturday.
Brooklyn Center is only a short distance from Minneapolis, where former police officer Derek Chauvin is currently on trial for the death of George Floyd, which happened during a 2020 arrest. Closing arguments for that case will begin on Monday.
Logan Square protest draws thousands
As Brooklyn Center erupted in protest, thousands of people also gathered in Logan Square in Chicago to protest the shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, which happened in late March but drew renewed attention when video footage of the encounter between Toledo and the police was released last week.
Only two people were arrested during the protest: one for shoving police officers along with a crowd of others and one for spitting into a police vehicle and striking an officer.
The brief clash with police ended without further incident. Some children in the crowd were seen handing out water bottles to police officers during the protest.
Toledo was reportedly armed before he was shot by police, but some are taking issue with the fact that only one second passed between when the gun can be seen and when the pursuing officer opened fire on the young teenager.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) urged protesters to remain peaceful while protesting, and for the time being, her message of calm seems to have been effective.
Portland protests, Apple store on fire
Protests also erupted again in Portland, Oregon after police shot and killed a suspect in a city park earlier on Friday, according to The Guardian.
The protesting crowd smashed the windows of several businesses and the Portland Historical Society, and then set a building near an Apple Store on fire.
Police officers who responded to the flare-up were struck by objects thrown by attending protesters, but it wasn’t clear whether any arrests were made as a result.