National Football League players react to Minnesota police shooting of Daunte Wright

Bodycam footage of Daunte Wright traffic stop

Bodycam footage of Daunte Wright traffic stop

Shortly before 9:00 pm local time (12pm AEST Tuesday), almost two hours after the curfew went into effect, dozens of protesters continued to wave signs and chant slogans in front of the police station in Brooklyn Center, where Sunday's killing occurred. "Hands up! Don't shoot!" the crowd chanted back.

"It's hard for me to say what the officer was thinking, the video does indicate that there was some degree, you know, of her, you know, grabbing the wrong weapon", Elliott said. "Taser! Taser! Taser!" she can be heard saying.

Court records show Wright was being sought after failing to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June.

Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) identified the officer late Monday as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police force.

The shooting occurred just outside of Minneapolis, where the trial of Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd in police custody has renewed painful racial tensions that caused weeks of unrest in the city last summer. National Guard troops were deployed.

58% of police-involved killings in the US previous year began when officers responded to non-violent incidents, per the Mapping Police Violence database. It showed an officer attempting to handcuff Wright outside his vehicle before Wright quickly jumped back inside his auto.

President Joe Biden has called or a "full-blown investigation" and urged people to remain peaceful.

"We are in pain right now, and we recognise that this couldn't have happened at a worse time", Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said.

Protesters throw fireworks towards police outside Brooklyn Center Police Department a day after Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer
For a second night protesters gathered outside Brooklyn Center Police Department

However, he said the killing did point to a larger issue in the United States.

The event has led to protests around Minneapolis and the Brooklyn Center Police Department, and it has already led to the postponement of the Twins, T-Wolves and Wild games Monday as demonstrations have grown angrier and bigger.

Ellison reminded the crowd he now is leading the prosecution of the the first officer charged in Floyd's death, and promised Wright's death will not be "swept under the rug".

On Monday, hundreds of protesters gathered hours after a dusk-to-dawn curfew was announced by the governor.

"We hope for change, but realistically our expectations are different", said Butchy Austin, 37, a corporate sales worker who has become a social activist since the killing of Mr Floyd.

Mr Austin had helped transport a memorial sculpture of a clenched fist from the site where Mr Floyd was killed to where Mr Wright died. "I can't accept that", he said. In 2000, more than 70% of the city was white.

"These types of deaths are not new".

It's little wonder so many black citizens say they've had it with the status quo in America.

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