Authorities in the greater Minneapolis area ordered a nighttime curfew after a policewoman killed an African-American bullet. This applies from Monday evening, 7:00 p.m. until Tuesday a.m., 6:00 a.m., as announced by Minnesota Governor Tim Falls. The mayors of the neighboring cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have declared a state of emergency.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has expressed his understanding of the protests, but warned that they must remain peaceful. There is “absolutely no justification” for looting and violence. The federal government is on hand with “resources” to help maintain peace and quiet.
Monday night, riots erupted in the suburbs of Brooklyn Center after 20-year-old Don Wright was shot dead during a police search. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Janon told a news conference that the officer apparently fired the bullet by mistake. In a video shown by Ganon, the policeman shouted “Taser, Taser, Taser” as she tried to arrest Wright, but shot her pistol.
Biden said he spoke to Minnesota authorities and looked at footage of the incident in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. “It’s a really tragic thing that happened there. But I think we have to wait and see what the investigation finds.”
The case happened a few miles from where black George Floyd died in Minneapolis in May 2020 after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for minutes. The result was weeks of nationwide protests against police violence and racism, some of which turned violent. Trial proceedings are currently underway against then-police officer Derek Chauvin. He is accused of murder and manslaughter. Biden promised to make combating racism a priority for his presidency.