Who is Daunte Wright and how did he die?

RIOTING and looting have broken out across Minnesota after cops shot and killed a young black man during a routine traffic stop.

The shooting happened ten miles from where George Floyd was killed.

Who is Daunte Wright?

Daunte Wright was killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer in Minnesota shortly before 2pm on April 11 during a routine traffic stop.

Wright was just 20-years-old at the time of his death and was a father to his young son Daunte Jr.

What happened to him?

In a news release, Brooklyn Center police said officers had pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation shortly before 2pm on April 11.

Police said when they tried to arrest the driver, who they determined had an outstanding warrant, he got back in his vehicle.

"One officer discharged their firearm, striking the driver," police said. "The vehicle traveled several blocks before striking into another vehicle."

The driver died at the scene while female passenger in the vehicle also sustained injuries that were not life-threatening during the crash, police said.

The victims were identified as Daunte Wright and his girlfriend.

Wright’s sobbing mother Katie told a crowd he called her to say he had been pulled over by police because of air freshener that was dangling from his rear view mirror.

She said she heard officers tell her son to put his phone down, and then one of the officers ended the call. 

Soon after, her son's girlfriend told her he had been shot.

She told reporters: "All he did was have air fresheners in the car and they told him to get out of the car.

POLICE KILLINGS IN THE LAST 18 MONTHS

March 13, 2020: Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician was shot eight times when officers raided her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky.

The police were executing a search warrant as part of a drugs raid, but no drugs were found.

March 23, 2020: Daniel Prude

Daniel Prude died in March, days after police officers in Rochester, New York placed a hood over his head and pressed his face into the ground for two minutes.

But the details of Prude's encounter were not known until police body camera footage was released almost six months later, triggering protests and calls for police reform.

May 25, 2020: George Floyd

George Floyd died after being arrested in Minneapolis, and held down by police officers, one of whom had his knee on Floyd's neck.

He pleaded that he couldn't breathe.

June 12 2020: Rayshard Brooks

Brooks, 27, was fatally shot by a police officer in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia as the nation was still reeling from the unrest triggered by Floyd's killing

"He got out of the car and his girlfriend said they shot him.

"He got back in the car and drove away and crashed and now he was dead on the ground since 1.47. 

"Nobody will tell us anything and nobody will talk to her.

"I asked them to please take my son off the ground — he’s been there since 1.47 this afternoon."

What did authorities say about the incident?

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said it was "investigating an officer-involved shooting incident" in Brooklyn Center but declined to identify the victim.

According to a statement from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, officers pulled over a driver for a traffic violation. 

When they discovered he had an outstanding warrant, they tried to take him into custody.

He got back into his car, and one of the officers shot him dead.

A female passenger in the car suffered "non-life-threatening injuries" and was transported to a local hospital, said the statement, which did not identify the woman.

Riots in the city broke out as news of Wright's death made shockwaves.

Photos from the protest showed men stomping on the windshield of a police cruiser. 

Police fired rubber bullets to try to disperse the protesters, according to the Star Tribune.

After about an hour, the police presence eased, and the crowd lit candles and wrote messages such as "Justice for Daunte Wright" in chalk on the street.

But clashes broke out again soon after as another group of several hundred protesters gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Headquarters and were met with teargas and flashbangs.

Speaking at a press conference, John Harrington, the state's commissioner of public safety, reported "rocks and other objects thrown at the police department".

He added that officers were sent to the scene and the crowd had mostly dispersed.

About 20 businesses were looted at a local mall, he said.

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