Earlier on Tuesday, the city announced that it would be enforcing a curfew from 10 p.m. on Tuesday to 6 a.m. on Wednesday, but law enforcement began declaring the scene unlawful nearly an hour and a half before the curfew was supposed to go into effect. The demonstrations in reaction to the Sunday police-involved fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright have been taking place each evening since then.
Footage from the scene shared by a producer for Minnesota’s NBC 12 shows an officer deploying an aerosol against the demonstrators from behind a fence.
In the light snow, crowds gather in Brooklyn Center, Mn for third night of protests over killing of #DuanteWright. An unlawful assembly was declared outside Brooklyn Center PD. Police pepper-sprayed protesters behind a chain-link fence after bottles were thrown at officers. pic.twitter.com/duLjytnMH2
— Michael Pegram (@MichaelNBC12)
April 14, 2021
In another video, shared by Daily Caller chief video director Richie McGinniss, law enforcement can be heard over a loudspeaker telling people to “immediately disperse.” Video from the journalist also shows fireworks going off in the area.
A group of individuals who were kneeling was rushed and detained by police, McGinniss says.
Lauren Blanchard, a Fox News correspondent, posted on Twitter that police were warning media to leave the area, as well. She said they observed multiple armed protesters.
Situation growing worse in Brooklyn Center, MN police pushing people out with flash bangs now. My crew has evacuated. Moments after this crowds began to rush and police warned media they needed to evacuate too. We saw multiple armed protesters pic.twitter.com/hcqEwKtSrp
— Lauren Blanchard (@LaurenBlanch12)
April 14, 2021
Bodycam footage of a Sunday incident shows former Officer Kim Potter shooting Wright after yelling “taser, taser, taser!” She resigned from her post on Tuesday, according to a statement from her union.
Minnesota’s ABC 5 is reporting that the Washington County Attorney’s Office is planning on charging Potter on Wednesday.