Earlier this week, police had to use rubber bullets and gas grenades several times in clashes with protesters.
Cities in two Midwestern states-Minnesota and Illinois-were braced for late-night riots on Thursday. However, demonstrators, outraged by the police killing of two young Americans representing various ethnic and racial minorities, held peaceful protests in the suburbs of Minneapolis and in Chicago.
Demonstrators in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, gathered in front of a police station on Thursday evening to express their outrage at the Sunday killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, the father of a one-year-old son. A police highway patrol officer apprehended wright.
According to police officer Kim Potter, she mistakenly used a combat pistol instead of a stun gun when detaining Daunte Wright, who was wanted and tried to escape in a car. The police officer was charged with second-degree manslaughter. But the protesters are demanding that Potter, a white American woman, face a more serious charge.
Earlier on Thursday, Chicago police released footage from the personal video camera of a police officer who shot and killed Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old Hispanic teenager, in March. After the footage was released, several protests were held in Chicago. During one of them, protesters gathered outside the headquarters of the Order of the Police Fraternity. These and other actions took place without any excesses.
In a video clip of the recording provided by police, a police officer can be heard saying, ” Hey, show me your * * * * * * hands, drop it, drop it.” The teenager appears to drop something, and then as he turns and raises his hand, he is shot and then falls to the ground. Police said the officer was in a life-threatening situation.
The Chicago police department said it could not fully release the video from the personal camera, as the victim was a minor.
In Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, protesters demonstrate in front of a police station every night after the murder of Daunte Wright. In some cases, police had to use rubber bullets and gas grenades in clashes with protesters.
Brooklyn Center is a suburb of Minneapolis, where a black American, George Floyd, was killed in police custody last year. Floyd’s death was caused by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, placing his knee on Floyd’s neck and holding the detainee on the ground for more than 9 minutes, despite his attempts to explain that he could not breathe. The trial of Chauvin is now underway in Minneapolis.