Fatal Traffic Stop of Daunte Wright in Minn. Sparks Unrest
On Sunday afternoon, a black man was stopped and fatally shot by police during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb. The car ended up crashing several blocks away and sparked a night of violent protests, riots and looting in the already racially tense area. The Minnesota National Guard was activated to help quell the violent demonstrations.
According to police, the man, 20-year-old Daunte Wright, was pulled over and determined to have an outstanding warrant. When police attempted to arrest him, Mr. Wright reentered the vehicle and an officer fired at the vehicle striking him. The vehicle then traveled several blocks before ultimately hitting another vehicle.
Court records show that Wright's outstanding warrant was for fleeing from law enforcement officers and possession of a gun without a permit.
Wright's family disagrees with the account given by the police saying that he was shot before he reentered the car. Wright's girlfriend, who was with him in the car, sustained minor injuries during the crash.
Wright's mother has called for calm saying "All the violence, if it keeps going it’s only going to be about the violence. We need it to be about why my son got shot for no reason."
The incident heightens tension in an already racially tense area as the trial of the first of four police officers charged with George Floyd's death is currently underway.
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