Police in Minnesota arrested 40 people last night after riots at Brooklyn Center got out of control following the death of Daunte Wright. Crowds gathered at the Brooklyn Center police station for 2 days following Wright’s death, pleading for justice for the Black man who was fatally shot by police.
As the rioters became aggressive, shouting obscenities at officers, officials made the decision to fire tear gas, and flash-bang grenades at the rioters, under the notion that they were in violation of the curfew that was put in place in order to discourage the gathering of large crowds. The rioters then went on to throw smoke canisters back at the police, others opted to throw fireworks at police lines according to some recounts. Throughout the night the police officers were shelled “pretty significantly” by items thrown at them by the rioters resulting in minor injuries to quite a few of the officers, none of which wanted to have to go to such extreme measures,
According to Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer, law enforcement tried to communicate in a civilized manner with the protest leaders to peacefully dissolve the crowds, but unfortunately they were unwilling to cooperate which resulted in hostility, and injury on both sides. “Unfortunately, those efforts weren’t successful … so … [we] stood and protected that building.” said Matt Langer. The fact that the police wanted to peacefully work out a solution just goes to show that people are making an effort to change.
The 40 arrests were made that night due to violating curfew and aggressive rioting, among other things there are reports of looting also taking place in surrounding areas breaking into a strip mall, and a dollar tree, but it is unclear as to whether or not they were caught or arrested for the crimes.
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