Daunte Wright Shooting: Cops Deploy Tear Gas as Brooklyn Center Looters, Protesters Defy Curfew

Minneapolis police deployed tear gas on protesters gathering outside the Brooklyn Center police department, defying curfew on Monday night following the police killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Nearby, looters shattered a glass door of the Brooklyn Center strip mall and walked inside.

Earlier today, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announced a curfew starting from 7 p.m. Monday night until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz also placed a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew on the Anoka, Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

Videos shared to Twitter showed a large crowd of protesters remaining outside the police department after 7 p.m., surrounded by police armed with riot gear and batons behind barricades.

The scene at the Brooklyn Center Police Department where several hundred protesters have gathered. Nat Guard soldiers are mixed in with police at the gate. Both carry long wooden batons. The crowd is growing despite the looming 7 pm curfew. pic.twitter.com/puyGi6LCaN

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Police attempted to disperse the protesters around 7:30 p.m. but many refused to leave the area, according to Fox 8. Shortly before 8 p.m., law enforcement deployed tear gas on a crowd of demonstrators demanding justice for Wright's death.

One video showed a protester scaling a fence and pelting an officer with stones.

A man just scaled the fence and pelted an officer with stones pic.twitter.com/zTldR21SBY

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Another video showed protesters chanting "don't shoot," while raising their hands and setting off fireworks. Later, the protesters began setting off fireworks in the direction of the police station.

Fireworks being set off pic.twitter.com/KHCnWiIuNN

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Rioters shooting fireworks in the direction of the police station pic.twitter.com/hA71Ur45kb

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In a tweet shared at 9:07 p.m., the Minnesota OSN said, "Crowds are launching bottles, fireworks, bricks and other projectiles at public safety officials at the Brooklyn Center Police Department. They are also trying to shine lasers into officers' and troopers' eyes."

Police said today that the officer shot and killed Wright accidentally after mistaking her gun for a Taser. Bodycam footage shows police walking toward a Black man's car, with one repeatedly saying that she's going to tase him while holding a gun. "Holy shit, I just shot him," the officer says, as the car drives away.

At 9:29 p.m., NBC News reporter Morgan Chesky shared a video showing looters dressed in black clothing breaking into a Boost Mobile store. "NIGHT TWO: After vandalism and looting last night, this Brooklyn Center strip mall (near the Police Station) boarded up windows, but Boost Mobile left its glass door uncovered. We watched this group shatter it, then walk inside," Chesky wrote.

NIGHT TWO: After vandalism and looting last night, this Brooklyn Center strip mall (near the Police Station) boarded up windows, but Boost Mobile left its glass door uncovered. We watched this group shatter it, then walk inside. #NBCNews pic.twitter.com/HidA6Yr1Rz

— Morgan Chesky (@BreakingChesky) April 13, 2021

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot told CNN the goal "right now is to try and disperse the crowd and get people to get home."

The National Weather Service has forecasted show and rain in Minneapolis on Monday and Tuesday night. "Because temperatures are expected to fall into the 30s overnight, light snow" should be expected in the area, but "little snow accumulation is expected," according to the service.

Newsweek reached out to the Brooklyn Center police department for comment.

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People embrace Katie Wright (C), mother of Daunte Wright, as demonstrators gathered on April 11, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images