Crowds confront Minnesota police after officer kills driver near Minneapolis

Members of an angry crowd vandalized two police cars on the Sunday after the death of a man shot by an officer about 10 miles from where George Floyd died during his May arrest in Minneapolis, a Reuters witness said.

About 100 people, some visibly upset and one carrying a sign declaring “Justice for George Floyd”, confronted police in riot gear after an officer shot a man in his car in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis.

At one point, police fired rubber bullets, struck at least two people in the crowd and bled at least one, according to a Reuters witness. Some in the crowd dispersed when the police seemed ready to use tear gas on protesters, even though no one was deployed.

Police cars were pelted with rocks and stones, the witness said, while a Twitter video from a Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter showed people jumping up and down on the hood and roofs.

The dead man was named by relatives at the scene of Daunte Wright, 20, according to the Star Tribune.

In a press release, the Brooklyn Center Police Department said officers pulled over the driver of a traffic violation just before 2 p.m., stating that he had an outstanding arrest warrant.

When the police tried to arrest him, he got into the vehicle again. An officer fired his weapon and hit the driver, police said. The driver drove several blocks before hitting another vehicle and died on the spot. Police say both officers’ body cameras were activated during the incident.

Tensions in the Minneapolis area are extremely high as the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer caught on video and kneeling for nine minutes on the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old handcuffed black man, enters its third week on Monday.

Floyd’s death led to American and global protests against police brutality and racial error.