BROOKLYN CENTER, Minnesota – A fourth night of protests were underway at Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and nationwide on Wednesday following the death of Daunte Wright, 21, after a police officer shot him.
The Brooklyn Center has announced a 10 p.m. curfew. Mayor Mike Elliott on Wednesday urged people to protest without violence, saying “your voices were heard” earlier today.
A crowd of a few hundred protesters gathered outside the Brooklyn Center police headquarters for a tense night. Video showed a protester carrying the head of a fake pig on a pole near a fence outside the heavily guarded post as police monitored the crowds from the roof of the structure.
The police had already started firing rubber bullets and tear gas. Casey Clements, 30, was shot in the waist while near the fence.
“It’s going to add to the bruises I had the other night,” he told USA TODAY, while being treated by a doctor.
He added that he was a student protesting “because I feel like I need to protect people here,” he said, waving to the other protesters.
Outside the home of former police officer Kim Potter in Champlin, Minnesota, north of Brooklyn Center, concrete barricades and tall metal fences had been put up and police cars were in the driveway. After the death of George Floyd last year, protesters have repeatedly demonstrated at the home of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer currently on trial for Floyd’s death.
Potter, the officer who killed Daunte Wright at a traffic stop in a suburb of Minneapolis, is a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department. She was arrested on Wednesday and charged with second degree manslaughter, officials said.
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The Minnesota Criminal Apprehension Bureau said Potter was arrested Wednesday morning. Hours later, she posted a $ 100,000 bond and was released from the Hennepin County jail, according to online records.
Potter is scheduled to appear in court for the first time on Thursday afternoon.
If found guilty, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a $ 20,000 fine, under Minnesota law.
Protesters in Columbus, Ohio staged a sit-in outside the police department headquarters, video shown Wednesday evening.
A group of protesters forced their way into the city’s headquarters on Tuesday evening through a series of double doors that had been secured inside with handcuffs. A photograph of the handcuffs shows evidence of the use of force to open them.
An Ohio State University student in northwest Ohio has been arrested for hitting a police sergeant with a wooden club.
The protest had been peaceful until then, police said.
Contributors: Ryan W. Miller and Eric Ferkenhoff, USA TODAY; Eric Lagatta and Bethany Bruner, The Columbus Dispatch; The Associated Press