A Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer fatally shot a 20-year-old driver during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon, in the area of the 6300 block of Orchard Ave, police said. They determined that the driver of the vehicle had an outstanding warrant and were attempting to take the driver into custody. After driver being shot, the vehicle traveled several blocks before crashing into another vehicle. The passengers in the other car were not injured but a female passenger who was also in the vehicle with the person shot sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal apprehension is now investigating the incident. After the shooting, crowds of protesters gathered at the scene holding Black Lives Matter signs. The crowd of protesters began making their way toward the Brooklyn Center Police Department headquarters. Brooklyn Center Police Department Mike Elliott called the shooting “tragic” and urged protesters to remain peaceful.
Officers then declared the demonstration outside the police station an unlawful assembly and gave them a 10-minute warning to clear out. About 25 minutes later, officers started firing less-lethal rounds and flash bangs to disperse protesters remaining. The crowd gathered to light candles and write messages like “Justice for Daunte Wright” in chalk near the scene. Metro Transit halted traffic in Brooklyn Center. In a statement, the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota denounced the shooting and called for a thorough and transparent investigation by an agency other than Brooklyn Center police.