Brooklyn Center protests continue for fifth night as National Guard Troops station across metro

Protests continued for a fifth night as several hundred demonstrators gathered outside at the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Thursday night calling for justice in the police shooting death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright.

The city set another curfew starting at 10 p.m. Thursday and continuing until 6 a.m. Friday.

State and local law enforcement have previously cleared the area around the police station after curfews took effect. More than 100 demonstrators have been arrested during the week, though the numbers have declined each night.

According to Operation Safety Net, the joint state and local command force, members of the Minnesota National Guard were stationed in several metro cities on Thursday night, including some near the Target store on East Lake Street in Minneapolis, the scene of rioting and looting last May after the death of George Floyd in police custody. That Target store was temporarily closed after it was heavily damaged during those riots.

Protesters have called for more severe charges to be brought against the former Brooklyn Center police officer charged Wednesday in connection with Wright’s death.

Former officer Kim Potter was booked into the Hennepin County Jail and charged with second-degree manslaughter by Washington County prosecutors, who handled the case at the behest of Hennepin County. She was later released after posting a $100,000 bond.

Wright was killed Sunday afternoon during a traffic stop. Brooklyn Center’s police chief, who resigned Tuesday, previously said Potter accidentally shot Wright when she intended to use a Taser on him. Potter also submitted her letter of resignation Tuesday.

Brooklyn Center police said Wright was stopped for a vehicle registration violation but that officers discovered an outstanding warrant in a June firearms-possession case in Minneapolis. Police said Wright was being arrested Sunday when he tried to flee in his car but was unintentionally shot by the 48-year-old Potter, a 26-year veteran of the force.

Outside Potter’s home in Champlin, north of Brooklyn Center, concrete barricades and tall metal fencing have been set up and police cars were in the driveway. After Floyd’s death, protesters demonstrated several times at the Oakdale home of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer now on trial for killing Floyd.

A curfew was also in place in Champlin on Thursday night.

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