Protests have broken out in a city near Minneapolis after a 20-year-old man was shot dead by police at a traffic stop.
Relatives said Daunte Wright was shot by police in the city of Brooklyn Center on Sunday afternoon before he got back into his car and drove away, crashing a few blocks later.
Minneapolis is already on edge, midway through the trial of the first of four police officers in George Floyd’s death. Brooklyn Center is a city north-west of Minneapolis with a population of about 30,000.
According to Brooklyn Center police, officers stopped an individual on Sunday after determining the driver had an outstanding warrant. Police said when they tried to arrest the driver, the driver re-entered the vehicle and drove away. An officer fired at the vehicle, striking the driver. Police said the vehicle travelled several blocks before hitting another vehicle.
A female passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries during the crash, and a police officer was also reportedly taken to hospital.
Police said Brooklyn Center officers wear body-worn cameras and they also believe dash cameras were activated during the incident.
As groups of protesters gathered to march on the city’s police department, the mayor, Mike Elliott, said the shooting was “tragic” but urged protesters “to be peaceful and that peaceful protesters are not dealt with with force”.
By Sunday evening, about 100 people had gathered near the scene, according to the newspaper, the Star-Tribune reported.
Katie Wright, Daunte Wright’s mother, told local media that her son had called her to say he was being pulled over and that officers were “asking about insurance”. She said she had recently given the car to him. Katie Wright pleaded for more information regarding the incident and for her son’s body to be moved from the street.
A woman who lives near the crash scene, Carolyn Hanson, said she saw law enforcement officers pull a man out of a vehicle and perform CPR. A passenger who got out of the car was also covered in blood, Hanson said.
Officials from the Minnesota bureau of criminal apprehension said the agency was on the scene of a shooting involving a police officer in Brooklyn Center on Sunday afternoon.
Police did not identify the driver who was shot but said the Hennepin county medical examiner’s office will release the person’s name following a preliminary autopsy and family notification.