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Tim Walz Mourns Daunte Wright As Another ‘Black Man Taken by Law Enforcement’

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has said he is praying for the family of Daunte Wright, who died after being shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center.

The 20-year-old was shot after being pulled over on Sunday afternoon.

Following this, he drove his car several blocks away before a collision with another vehicle. He died at the scene of the crash, police said.

Protesters have since gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department headquarters and clashed with local law enforcement.

Walz said he was monitoring the unrest and that he and his wife were praying for Wright’s family.

“I am closely monitoring the situation in Brooklyn Center. Gwen and I are praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement,” Walz said, in comments shared to social media.

The Liberty Buzz has attempted to contact Walz’s office for further comment.

In a statement released on Sunday night, the Brooklyn Center Police Department said officers stopped an individual over a traffic violation in the early afternoon.

After finding that the driver had an outstanding warrant, officers tried to take them into custody.

Police state the driver then tried to re-enter their car. At this point an officer discharged their firearm, hitting the driver.

I am closely monitoring the situation in Brooklyn Center. Gwen and I are praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement.

— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) April 12, 2021

The police statement said: “Officers determined that the driver of the vehicle had an outstanding warrant. At one point as officers were attempting to take the driver into custody, the driver re-entered the vehicle.

“One officer discharged their firearm, striking the driver. The vehicle traveled several blocks before striking another vehicle.

“Officers in pursuit and responding medical personnel attempted life saving measures, but the person died at the scene.”

A female passenger in the vehicle was also injured during the crash. Her injuries are not life threatening.

No one in the other vehicle was hurt.

The local medical examiner’s office will conduct a preliminary autopsy. The deceased’s name will be officially released following this, the police statement said. Wright’s mother has already spoken out on his death.

The police department said an independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting had been requested. “Additional information will be released by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as their investigation progresses,” the statement added.

The Liberty Buzz has contacted the Brooklyn Center Police Department for further comment.

Pictures from Brooklyn Center show protesters jumping on police cars near the scene of the traffic stop shooting and challenging officers attempting to disperse the crowd.

Brooklyn Center police also appeared to fire tear gas or a similar device at protesters gathered outside their station later in the evening. The city’s mayor has imposed a curfew amid the protests.

The unrest following the shooting comes as the trial of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin continues, who faces murder and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd who died in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

His death sparked worldwide protests. The scene of Wright’s death was around 11 miles from Floyd’s.

Police officers stand in line in front of the Brooklyn Center Police Station as people protest after an officer reportedly shot and killed a black man in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on April 11, 2021.
Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

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