Minneapolis sees car drive through Daunte Wright protest crowd: report
A demonstration in Minneapolis on Tuesday night, calling for justice in the shooting death of Daunte Wright in April, involving police, was disrupted when a driver forced a vehicle through a crowd of protesters, according to a report.
The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, where jury selection was taking place for the manslaughter trial of Kim Potter, a former white Brooklyn Center cop charged with the death of Wright, who was The Black.
The shooting took place on April 11 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. This happened when the area was already on edge as the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was underway at the time.
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Chauvin was ultimately convicted on April 20 of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis almost a year earlier, in a case that sparked numerous incidents of protests and riots in the United States in 2020.
In Tuesday night’s incident, walkers yelled at the driver to stop, and a walker was seen on the roof of the vehicle, which slowed down at the next intersection, Minneapolis FOX 9 reported.
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Other protesters yelled at the driver and banged the windows of the vehicle, with the driver eventually turning a corner and walking away, FOX 9 reported.
There was no immediate sign of serious injury at the scene, according to the station. The person on the roof of the car was then seen descending safely, according to the report.
In the Potter case, four jurors were seated for the case on the first day of jury selection and Potter’s defense team revealed that the officer will testify on his own behalf during the trial.
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Minneapolis Police told FOX 9 they were aware of the incident, but added that it was not clear what further action would be taken.
Potter claims she accidentally shot Wright during a traffic stop, claiming that she mistakenly grabbed her service weapon instead of a stun gun she intended to use.
Prosecutors intend to argue that Potter was an experienced police officer who should have known better.