BROOKLYN CENTER, MN – After the police killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a vehicle stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center on Sunday afternoon, hundreds gathered near 63rd Avenue North and Lee Avenue North calling for justice.
Brooklyn Center is a suburb of Minneapolis with about 31,000 residents, more than a quarter of whom are Black per recent demographic data.
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Later protests shifted to the Brooklyn Center police station at 6645 N. Humboldt Avenue. Police forces fired volleys of OC gas canisters and flashbangs repeatedly. In the minutes leading up to midnight, police demanded the crowds disperse and a group of State Patrol officers turned up.
Defense Technology munitions like those seen tonight have often been fired by law enforcement during large protests including Standing Rock. Field force weapons like the “sponge rounds” are part of a national doctrine provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Unicorn Riot talked to a war veteran who said he came back only to “still be harassed by the same system that I fought for.”
Minnesota National Guard members were also spotted at various locations throughout the city as several businesses were reportedly vandalized in reaction to this police killing.
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