/ 14 April 2021

US protests continue against police brutality

Crowds gathered for a 2nd night of protests in Brooklyn Centre, Minnesota, in defiance of an overnight curfew in place after the fatal police shooting of 20yo black man Daunte Wright in Minneapolis on Sunday. More than 40 people were arrested, and police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd that gathered not far from where the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin (aka the man accused of killing George Floyd) is taking place. Police have released body camera video of Wright’s shooting and said veteran officer Kim Potter had intended to use her taser. She has resigned overnight, as has the local police chief. US President Joe Biden has called for an investigation and urged calm. “We know what we need to do to move forward: rebuilt trust and ensure accountability,” he said. Closing arguments in the Chauvin trial are expected to be heard next week.

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