The police opened fire while trying to detain the man, after which he was involved in an accident.
The mayor of the city of Brooklyn Center in Minnesota promised to thoroughly investigate why the police shot a young black man named Daunt Wright, who was stopped on the road for a traffic violation.
The incident, which occurred just hours before the start of another court hearing in the case of the death of African-American George Floyd, caused riots in the Brooklyn Center. The courthouse is located just 16 km from the scene of the incident.
“All of us are in a lot of pain right now. And we recognize that this incident occurred at the most unfortunate moment,” said Mayor Mike Elliott.
“We will thoroughly understand everything,” he assured. – We will do everything in our power to get justice for Daunt Wright.”
The mother of the deceased man, Kathy Wright, told reporters that on Sunday afternoon, her son called her and told her that police had stopped him for a traffic violation: air fresheners were hanging in the rear-view mirror of his car, which is illegal in Minnesota. According to Wright, she heard the police telling her son to get out of the car.
Police said in a statement that officers stopped Wright’s car at about 2 p.m. and found that a warrant had been issued earlier for his arrest. When the police tried to detain the young man, he returned to the car. One of the officers shot him. The man drove several blocks, then collided with another car and died on the spot.