Protesters on Tuesday took to the streets of Minneapolis for a third night in a row over the alleged accidental police shooting death of a black man by a veteran female cop.
Kimberly Potter – who resigned from the force Tuesday – is said to have confused her gun for a taser when she shot at Daunte Wright, 20, on Sunday.
Her home was barricaded up Tuesday after a police source told DailyMail.com that they anticipate protests at the property and said they are taking precautions to prevent the home being wrecked.
Curfews are also in place for Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Crystal, Columbia Heights, New Hope and Maple Grove from 10pm local time, KSTP reports.
Wright’s killing, just 10 miles from the scene of George Floyd’s death last May in Minneapolis, has led to unrest in Minnesota and nationwide. The trial of Derek Chauvin, the first of four police officers charged in Floyd’s death, is ongoing in the city.
Protests also broke out overnight Tuesday in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Portland and Seattle.
Demonstrators began gathering again Tuesday at the city’s heavily guarded police headquarters, now ringed by concrete barriers and a tall metal fence, and where police in riot gear and National Guard soldiers stood watch. Several hundred protestors had arrived by early evening.
A group then marched to the Brooklyn Center FBI building from the Brooklyn Center Police Department.
Protesters began gathering again Tuesday at the city’s heavily guarded police headquarters, now ringed by concrete barriers and a tall metal fence, and where police in riot gear and National Guard soldiers stood watch
More than 200 demonstrators had arrived by early evening. Activists who attended the mayor’s news conference called for sweeping changes to the Brooklyn Center Police Department and sharply criticized the acting police chief, Tony Gruenig, for not yet having a plan
A group of demonstrators marched to the Brooklyn Center FBI building from the Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday
Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the medical examiner said. Protests, pictured Tuesday, began within hours
Protesters rally outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday, as it is guarded by cops and the National Guard
Protesters participate in a march Tuesday, days after Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer, in Brooklyn Center
Curfews are also in place for Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Crystal, Columbia Heights, New Hope and Maple Grove
Wright’s killing, just 10 miles from the scene of George Floyd’s death last May in Minneapolis, has led to unrest in Minnesota and nationwide. The trial of Derek Chauvin, the first of four police officers charged in Floyd’s death, is ongoing in the city
Mourners gather at the intersection of 63rd and Katherine Drive where a memorial has sprung up for Daunte Wright
People pay their respects to Wright on Tuesday at the intersection of 63rd and Katherine Drive. Protests also broke out overnight Tuesday in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Portland and Seattle
Hundreds of protesters defied a 7pm curfew in Minneapolis on Monday night. Protesters are pictured Tuesday
The unrest had continued for a second night just hours after the Hennepin County medical examiner ruled Wright’s death as a homicide and said the cause was a gunshot wound to the chest.
White veteran police officer Potter could reportedly faces charges as early as tomorrow after she and her police chief boss both resigned from the force.
It is not yet clear what charges Brooklyn Center Police Officer Potter will face over the death of the 20-year-old black man but multiple sources told KSTP they could be filed on Wednesday.
Both Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon resigned on Tuesday two days after Wright was shot dead after he was pulled over for what police said were expired license plate tags.
In her resignation letter, Potter – who has worked for the department for 26 years – did not address the deadly shooting that has sparked two days of violent protests and unrest across the city.
‘I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department and my fellow officers if I resign immediately,’ Potter said.
Potter, a married mother-of-two, has been on administrative leave since the shooting. She is said to have left the property late last night with her 54-year-old husband Jeffrey and their sons Sam and Nick after her address was posted on social media.
Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kimberly Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon both resigned on Tuesday two days after the 20-year-old black man was shot dead after he was pulled over for what police said were expired license plate tags
Potter, a white veteran police officer, shot dead 20-year-old Daunte Wright, during a traffic stop in Minneapolis on Sunday after allegedly confusing her gun for a taser
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot announced the resignation of Potter’s police chief boss.
Gannon was the one who revealed during a tense press conference a day earlier that Wright’s death was the result of ‘accidental discharge’ after Potter mistook her taser for a gun.
Wright was shot dead on Sunday afternoon after he and his girlfriend were pulled over during a traffic stop for what police say was an expired car registration.
The officers then learned Wright, who has a toddler son, had the outstanding warrant against him.
Police have said a struggle broke out as they tried to take him into custody after running his name and realizing he had the warrant.
Authorities have not confirmed the nature of the warrant but court records show Wright was being sought after failing to appear in court last month on misdemeanor charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police last June.
Wright had choked a woman and threatened to shoot her if she did not hand over $820 she had stuffed in her bra, court papers obtained by DailyMail.com allege.
He was due to face trial on a charge of attempted aggravated robbery – with a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
His aunt has said the warrant was for marijuana possession.
Meanwhile, police started barricading Potter’s home on Tuesday after her address was posted on social media, DailyMail.com can reveal. Exclusive photos show the five-bedroom home surrounded by police and workmen unloading barricades
A police source told DailyMail.com that they anticipate protests later and said they are taking precautions to prevent the home being wrecked
In an interview with Good Morning America on Tuesday, Wright’s parents Katie and Aubrey said they could not accept their son’s death was a mistake.
‘I cannot accept that. I lost my son, he’s never coming back. I can’t accept a mistake, that doesn’t even sound right,’ Aubrey said.
‘This officer has been on the force for 26 years.’
Police released footage of the incident from Potter’s bodycam that showed her and two other officers approaching Wright’s car after he had been pulled over for the traffic stop.
The footage showed one officer trying to handcuff Wright as a second officer told him he was being arrested on a warrant. Wright immediately jumped back into his car in an apparent attempt to flee.
A struggle then broke out between the officers and Wright, who was still sitting inside his car.
‘I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!’ Potter could be heard shouting in her bodycam video.
Immediately after, Potter can be heard saying: ‘Holy sh*t. I shot him’.
Wright managed to drive several blocks before coming to a stop when he hit another car. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his girlfriend, who was a passenger in the car, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Daunte Wright’s parents Katie and Aubrey said they could not accept their son’s death was a mistake after police revealed Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kimberly Potter accidentally fired her gun instead of her taser
Police body cam footage of the fatal incident showed three officers approaching Daunte Wright’s car in Brooklyn Center on Sunday after he had been pulled over for the traffic stop
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