The weather in Minneapolis is already extremely hot due to the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer who restrained Floyd with dire consequences.
On Sunday evening, a crowd of angry protesters marched to the police station in Brooklyn Station, next door to Minneapolis. Protesters pelted the building with stones, while the police tried to drive them away with tear gas and rubber bullets. According to the police, shots were fired at the building, which shattered the windows in the front doors. Two police cars were also destroyed.
The man, Donut Wright, was shot, according to his mother after calling her to say police stopped him for wearing an air freshener on the rearview mirror. This is illegal in Minnesota. The woman heard on her phone that the police were ordering him to get out of his car, after which she learned that an altercation had apparently broken out.
His girlfriend later stated that he was shot while sitting in the driver’s seat. According to the police, he tried to escape with his car when they discovered that an arrest warrant had been issued against him. After he was hit by a police bullet, the man drove away. Just a few blocks away, he collided with another car and died behind the wheel.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is calling on the civil rights movement to open an independent investigation into the incident. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, police often misuse small traffic violations to arrest black drivers.
The authorities called on the population to calm down. They fear a new wave of protests and riots, especially now that Chauvin’s trial is underway. His attorneys blame Floyd’s death for drug use, but a large number of witnesses, including the Minneapolis Police Chief, reported over the past week that Floyd died as a result of excessive policing behavior.
Floyd’s death sparked a wave of protests and unrest in several US cities last year. Especially in Minneapolis there has been a call for radical changes in the police, under the slogan: “The Police Devond.”