About 100 people were arrested Friday night at the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, after a clash between police reformers and law enforcement agencies intensified after days of anxiety.
Hundreds of people gathered outside the police station, as they have done every night since then White police officer shot dead a 20-year-old black man Traffic is suspended last Sunday.
Despite the curfew, the demonstrations continued late into the night and clashes occurred. Some protesters threw water bottles and cans of soup at the police, and law enforcement agencies fired tear gas and flash bang grenades to disperse the crowd.
City officials tried another approach on Friday night and chose not to impose a curfew in hopes of relieving tensions and helping companies struggling.
However, the Brooklyn Center Police Department saw some of the largest crowds to date, and almost peaceful protests gave way to anxiety after 9:30 pm.
As part of the fence around the police station was breached, authorities ordered protesters to leave the area and began deploying flash bang grenades and arresting them.
A curfew was also imposed on the city from 11:00 pm.
Local officials said at a late-night press conference that about 100 people were detained on Friday night in connection with the protests.
Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said police were besieged by a small number of protesters holding baseball bats and “liquid products.”
Law enforcement tried to spread tensions, but Harrington said he had no choice but to take action when: The projectiles were thrown towards them..
Earlier this week, Brooklyn Center’s black mayor, Myquariot, told demonstrators that he did not agree with police to use pepper spray, tear gas, and rubber bullets, and police officers curtailed their tedious approach. I suggested that it should be.
During the Friday night protest, some in the crowd shouted blasphemous words, set off fireworks, and attempted to expand the security fence surrounding the Brooklyn Center Police Headquarters.
Police wearing riot equipment drove off protesters with tear gas grenades, rubber bullets, and flash bang grenades, and some police officers used pepper spray on people approaching a group of police officers.
Protesters scrambled fences and backyards to escape temporary border law enforcement agencies around the building.
People living in the area say that many of their neighbors stay with hotels and relatives to avoid noise and tear gas that penetrates the house.
“You can’t open a window without thinking about whether gas will come in,” said 16-year-old Xzavion Martin, adding that rubber bullets and other projectiles landed on the second floor of the apartment. balcony. “There are kids in this building who are really scared to come back.”
Tensions in this area are already high Derek Chauvin’s TrialA former white police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, took place just 10 miles away and was further inflamed by the shooting of Daunte Wright on Sunday.
Protests also took place in Chicago after Chicago fatally released police graphic footage Shoot 13-year-old Adam Toledo March.
Returning to Minnesota, a group of elected liberal local officials-Local Progress Minnesota-said that the events of the past few nights emphasized the need for police to stop using tear gas.
“The last few nights have been hurt by unfriendly oppression,” the group said in a letter. “This is not the way we build a safer place for each other.”
However, Governor Tim Walz told reporters that protesters could have burned down police stations and other buildings if police did not intervene. These demonstrations damaged more than 1,000 buildings throughout the Twin Cities region.
“I believe our safety authorities are very wise and think about this,” he said.